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While Others Debate New Tax Law, Stay Focused on Your Own Plan

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

The recent tax law changes may be out of your control, but you still have quite a bit of power over your own tax destiny using tried-and-true tax strategies.



Roth IRA: Convert Now or Pay Later?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Why the tax-code change should put a hurry-up on your decision to convert a traditional IRA into a Roth.



20 Small Towns With Big Millionaire Populations

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Claim Social Security Early or Wait? Pro Advice

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Oil Price Rally Takes a Breather

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices



Why Stock Market Volatility Has Officially Arrived

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Looking at what's going on in the economy reveals the reasons why the markets have entered a period of wide swings.



Retirement Savings Plans for the Self-Employed

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Own a business? Save more for retirement. Popular plans for the self-employed include the solo 401(k), the SEP IRA and a SIMPLE IRA.



Comparing Self-Employed Retirement Plans: Solo 401(k) vs. SEP IRA vs. SIMPLE IRA

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Here's how three common retirement savings plans for self-employed workers stack up based on contribution limits, costs and more.



High-Risk, High-Reward Stocks to Buy Now

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Boost the Returns on Your Cash in Retirement

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Safe places to stash your cash, from money market funds to stable value funds, are yielding more than they have in years. It pays for retirees to look around.



5 Things to Do in a Bear Market

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

No one knows when we're headed for an official bear market (you can only learn that in hindsight, unfortunately), so here's what investors should do today, no matter what's happening on Wall Street.



Bitcoin: Why You Should NOT Invest in Today's Fool's Gold

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

If Bitcoin is at $10,000 today it's because the fool who bought it for $10,000 is hoping another greater fool will pay $12,000 for it tomorrow. But what do you get for your money? What's it worth? That's the problem.






How to Turn 'Found' Money into a Retirement Income Stream

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Would you rather spend that extra cash or make it last a lifetime?



Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Millionaire?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




37 States That Don't Tax Social Security Benefits

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




7 Dividend Achievers With Big Income Potential

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




The 10 Best Closed-End Funds for 2018

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Slow Start After a Good Holiday Season

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending



Earnings Calendar, Week of Feb. 19-23, 2018 (WMT, HD, MELI)

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Check out our weekly earnings calendar and read the latest quarterly earnings previews.



3 Tips to Raise Money-Savvy Grandkids

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

The wisdom that comes with experience is worth sharing with your grandchildren, but you have to be smart how you do it.



Why Bonds Are More Important to Your Financial Portfolio Than You May Realize

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Their returns typically tend to be less than eye-popping, but when stocks hit the skids, investors may well appreciate their reliability.



4 Worst Reasons to Buy a House

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Myths about homeownership that could persuade you to buy for the wrong reasons.



Zombie Tax Breaks for Your 2017 Return

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Tax Breaks for Middle Class Taxpayers

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Stocks Warren Buffett Is Buying and Selling Now

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Inflation Rising but Not Exploding

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on inflation



An Overlooked Tax Break for Part-Timers

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Semiretired or part-time workers saving money in an IRA or other retirement plan may qualify for an often-ignored tax credit that will lower their tax bill.



How to Be Rich (Hint: A 401(k) Alone Won't Get You There)

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Of course, saving is one of the keys to wealth, but if you're just pumping all you've got into a 401(k), you're missing the boat.



10 Stocks Top-Performing Investors Love

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Get Your Portfolio Ready for Volatility - And for When It Ends

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

It is never too late to protect against big market swings



Jump-Starting a Health Savings Account With an IRA Rollover

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Federal rules allow you to roll over money from an IRA to an HSA once in your life. But you may forfeit a tax break by doing so.



There is No Place Like Home: Mature Foreign Asset Protection Trusts Are Coming Home

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

The 10-year time limit is expiring for a raft of foreign asset trusts, and those who hold them could benefit in several ways now by redomiciling them to the United States.



What's Changing in Your Retirement Accounts in 2018 (and How to Take Advantage)

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Retirement savers can use all the help they can get, and in 2018 some of that help comes in the form of higher limits on savings vehicles. Here are the specifics.



New Tax Law 2018: Test Your Tax Smarts

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500







How Hidden Commissions Can Damage Non-traded REITs and DSTs

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Depending on how you got into a passive real estate investment, such as a private real estate investment trust or a Delaware Statutory Trust, you may be paying some charges you didn't realize. And they can add up.



The Myth of the Magic Retirement Number

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

There are plenty of formulas you could try to see if you're on track, but before you start plugging in numbers, it's helpful to look at the big picture first. Here are five factors to consider when setting your retirement savings goal.



Look to Small-Cap Dividend Payers in Retirement

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Smaller stocks paying dividends are generally more mature and profitable, a welcome find for retirees in search of new sources of investing income in retirement.



Did Volatility ETFs Drive the Market's Selloff?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

These funds have no place among everyday investors



Retirement Planning Mistakes You'll Regret Forever

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




How Do You Really Know How You're Doing for Retirement?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

It's natural to try to compare the car you drive, the vacations you take and the home you live in to that of your neighbors, friends and co-workers, but it won't give you the accurate picture you need to tell where you stand.



7 Stocks to Buy That Are Winning With Tech

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




New Tax Law: 8 Smart Tax Strategies for Retirees

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500







Rising Deficit Boosts GDP, Dings Stock Market

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast for the GDP growth rate



E-mails From the IRS -- and Other Signs of a Tax Scam

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Identity thieves are getting more sophisticated at tricking taxpayers into revealing their personal information. Here are some scams you may encounter this tax season and ways to tell fact from fraud.



How to Build a Side Business While Keeping Your Day Job

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

It's a delicate dance amping up a side hustle while staying true to your current employer.



A Money Lesson for Newlyweds (and Other Lovers)

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Roses on Valentine's Day are a romantic classic, but what's even better for a strong, happy marriage? Money harmony. And it all starts with an honest talk and shared strategy.



Volatile Stock Market's 10% Correction Stokes Investor Fears

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

But market corrections are surprisingly common and surprisingly short-lived. Bear markets are another story. Here's what you need to know.



Money Lessons from Oscars and the Academy Awards

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




10 Housing REITs to Buy for the Rise of Renters

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Marijuana Stocks: Headed Higher?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Bigger Deficits Yield Higher Interest Rates

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on interest rates



The 3 Spending Stages of Your Retirement

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Popular thinking is that you'll spend less once you retire, but that's not what I've seen in my own clients, at least in the first few years.



What Will the Stock Market Do Next?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

If you're feverishly worrying and wondering, then you've got a big problem: You aren't an investor. You're a gambler. And a bad one at that. Here's how you should be thinking about the markets instead.



What Do You Know About the New Tax Brackets?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




5 Stocks to Sell in This Unsure Market

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




U.S. Trade Deficit at Nine-Year High and Rising

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of the trade deficit.



Under the New Tax Law, Is My Alimony Tax-Free?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

The new policy goes into effect in 2019. Older divorces can be modified to follow the new rules--if both parties agree.



How Can I Deduct Home-Equity Interest Under the New Tax Law?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Still want to tap your home equity and deduct the interest? Options remain.



5 Money Lessons Grandparents Can Teach Their Grandkids

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Starting as young as age 3, your grandchildren could reap a lifetime of rewards from these five basic financial skills.



Support Groups for Retired Men

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Bonding over books or bocce can spark important conversations and help stave off depression in retirement.



529 Savings Plans Have More Uses -- But States Need to Catch Up

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

The new federal tax law allows families to use 529 college plans to pay tuition for kindergarten through high school. But doing so before state laws are revised to reflect the new rules could trigger a tax and a penalty.



Why Mark Zuckerberg Wrote a Letter (and You Should Too)

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Passing down to your heirs your intentions for your money is just as important as passing down the money itself. Writing one letter can make all the difference. Here's how.



Protect Your Retirement in a Volatile Stock Market

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500







20 Financial Pros' Advice for a Crazy Market

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Dow Charges Out of Slump on Volatile Tuesday for Stocks

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Following a brutal two-day plunge, the Dow Jones industrial average regained ground on Tuesday to the delight of stock market bulls.



Put a Student on the Path to Retirement Without Hurting Financial Aid

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Contributing to a young worker's Roth IRA can help a student start saving for retirement, although the timing of this gift could affect financial aid for college.



Commodities: A "Golden" Way to Play the Improving Economy

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

If you don't own commodities, add them. If you do ... add a little more.



7 Monster-Growth Stocks to Buy in 2018

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




5 Cheap Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Momentum Builds in Housing Market

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on housing starts and home sales



Capital Gains and the Kiddie Tax Under the New Tax Law

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Those paying the kiddie tax are in for higher rates that kick in at lower levels -- but capital gains are still favored.



Stock Market's Big Selloff Calls for Calm, Context

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Investors are left feeling antsy after the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled more than 1,000 points on Monday.



Financial Lessons from the Year of the Dog

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

As we ring in the Chinese New Year, take a moment to reflect on what the Year of the Dog might mean for your finances.



5 Topics Couples Should Discuss Before They Retire

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Taking the plunge into retirement is something that comes with a lot of different emotions and expectations. Make sure you and your spouse are on the same page by talking through these five points.



Advance Directive: Ensure End-of-Life Wishes Honored

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Paperwork including a living will and health care power of attorney can convey your treatment preferences if you are ever unable to make medical decisions for yourself.



Tax Deductions You Shouldn't Overlook

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Don't Neglect Health Care in Your Retirement Planning

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Unless you've covered your bases, the cost of health care and long-term care could break your retirement bank. But before you throw up your hands in despair, know that you've got some options.






How to Save on Flowers for Valentine's Day

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Groundhog Day Meltdown Casts Shadow Over Stock Market

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Dow plunges more than 600 points on Friday after January jobs report causes jitters, and Exxon earnings and Apple earnings disappoint.



Mutual Fund Rankings, 2018

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

U.S. stocks posted stellar results, but foreign stocks did even better.



Get a Deal on a New Car in 2018

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Cars cost more, but automakers are offering generous incentives to lure you into the showroom.



Boost Your Nest Egg in the Retirement Homestretch

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

All is not lost for those who start saving fiercely later in life.



Can Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett Save Health Care?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan have teamed up to provide more affordable health care for their employees. But little else is known about this new venture.



4 Closed-End Funds with Sky-High Yields

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




20 of the Best Stocks You Probably Haven't Heard Of

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Test Your Mutual Fund IQ

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




New Ways to Foil Hackers and Protect Your Identity

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

These tools guard your smart gadgets and your identity.



Why Homeowners Are Richer Than Renters

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

The reason: You can't help but build savings as you pay down a mortgage.



3 Upsides of Rising Interest Rates

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

The Federal Reserve is slowly turning the volume back up on interest rates. For some, there's a silver lining.



New Tax Law Makes Roth IRA More Appealing to Savers

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

As the Roth turns 20, the new tax law gives it an edge for savers.



Thrift Savings Plan Withdrawals to Get Easier for Federal Retirees

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

New rules make it easier to leave money in the low-cost Thrift Savings Plan.



Stocks Bounce Around on a Big Day for Earnings

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

As earnings season heats up the stock market went on a roller-coaster ride Thursday, with Facebook stock flourishing and DowDuPont stock floundering.