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The Best Bank for You, 2017

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

These stellar banks and credit unions are making all the right moves to win satisfied customers.



Think About the 4 Pillars of Retirement Instead of Just Income

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A balanced approach will help ensure a solid foundation for a secure retirement.



Some of the Biggest Estate-Planning Mistakes People Make

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Will your legacy be a benefit or a burden to your loved ones? It depends on how well you've planned.



3 Cheapest Big Cities in America

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Small towns don't have a monopoly on low living costs.



4 Reasons Investors Need Not Worry About the Trump Probes

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Watch the economic numbers, not the politicians.



Best Index Funds for Every Investor

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Are the 4 FANG Stocks Still the Way to Wealth?

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The Best Credit Unions for You

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The Best Internet Banks for You

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The Best Regional Banks for You

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Best Banks for High-Net-Worth Families

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Best Banks for Military Personnel

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Best Banks for Retirees

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Best Banks for Millennials

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Say Congratulations with a Gift That Keeps on GROWING: 5 Great DRIPs to Buy

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Dividend reinvestment plans are the ultimate gifts. It's not inconceivable that today's modest gift could grow to $1 million when your new graduate or favorite newlywed retires.



Will I Run Out of Money If I Retire?

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

That's the question on pretty much everyone's minds as they near retirement. The right retirement planner can answer it, and all the rest of your scariest questions.



Best Banks for Frequent Travelers

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Best Banks for Students

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Where Millionaires Live in America 2017

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400







8 Cheap Stocks for a Pricey Market

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The Best National Banks for You

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400







Can You Cut Taxes You Pay on Your Social Security?

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you have a moderate or low income but earn a lot in interest and dividends from investments that you don't need for living expenses, here is one way you may be able to lower your tax bill.



Why Those Impressive Financial Credentials Aren't Always So Impressive

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Financial advisers often come with a string of letters after their names, but while some should give you confidence in their training, others could just mean they attended a one-day seminar.



Protect Yourself From Identity Theft When Traveling

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Take these seven steps before you leave on a trip to protect your identity and prevent hassles with your debit and credit cards.



Social Security Help: Dividend Income and the Social Security Earnings Test

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

For early claimers, some kinds of income can temporarily reduce your Social Security benefits.



The Best Target Date Funds for Retirement Savers

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Gas Prices Up Slightly for Memorial Day Weekend

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices



Near Retirement? 5 Plans You MUST Have in Place

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you're racing toward retirement, you've got to prepare for some twists and turns. To make sure your money lasts and your family is cared for, you need to address these five challenges.



5 Ways to Build A Better Tax Plan for 2017

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Taxes may be inevitable, but they're also something you have some power over. Here are five strategies to manage your tax burden going forward.



Is Costco a Better Deal Than Sam's Club?

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We put the two leading warehouse clubs to the test over membership fees, product offerings and return policies.



Where to Invest for the Rest of 2017

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Corporate America is firing on all cylinders, but share prices are high and so are risks.



T. Rowe Price Strategist: Best Investments to Own in an Expensive Market

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We talk with Sebastien Page about what investors can expect from stocks for the rest of 2017.



Creating a Retirement Plan: Ideas to Help Get You Started

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Retirement planning requires more than just saving: You need to define a clear path to take. Here are some pointers.



What Do Potential Tax Changes Mean for Your Investments?

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

To get an idea of where our tax rates could be going (and the opportunities that could be coming), compare and contrast the tax proposals floated by President Trump and the House GOP.



Your Tree, Your Neighbor's Property: Whose Insurance Pays?

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

This is a good time of year to trim trees that might cause problems, before the start of hurricane season on June 1.



The 10 Best Growth Stocks for Retirement

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




5 Stocks to Buy Now

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Millionaire?

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400







Roth IRAs: A Great Tool for Investors Looking for Tax Efficiency

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Diversification means more than a mix stocks and bonds: It means tax diversification, too. Roth IRAs can help with that.






Alternative Investments Can Help Combat Slow Growth

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

In times of low bond yields and interest rates and high stock market volatility, it could pay to look beyond the usual stock/bond mix. Three alternative options: senior-secured loans, real estate and private equity.



Not Johnny Depp? You Still May Need Asset Protection

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The actor was living a $2 million-a-month life of luxury, but then a fallout with his manager led to an eye-popping lawsuit and countersuit.






3 Dangerous Investing Mistakes to Avoid

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Making these blunders with your money can really cost you.



31 Best Travel Sites to Save You Money

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Find the best deals online for plane tickets, hotel rooms, vacation packages and car rentals, domestic or abroad.



Seed a Roth IRA for Your Grandkids

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Help to start building your grandchild's nest egg early.



How Wills and Trusts Work, and Where to Start

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Dealing with the death of a loved one is hard enough; estate planning can make things easier on a grieving family.



10 Dividend Aristocrats That Are Ready to Rally

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




For Retirees on the Go, Culinary Tours Put the Focus on Food

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Foodie travelers have a menu of choices ranging from culinary cruises, cooking courses and winery tours.



5 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Financial Professional

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

There are a lot of financial pros out there to choose from. These five questions can help you pick the one who's the best fit for your needs.



Expensive Mistakes of the Newly Retired

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400







Beware of Vipers in the Financial World: 3 Warning Signs

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Getting good, ethical financial advice is imperative as you work toward retirement, and, unfortunately, that's not a given. Here are three red flags that your adviser may be doing you a disservice.



In Retirement, a Do-It-All Adviser Can Offer Comprehensive Options

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

To make sure all your bases are covered -- from investments to taxes and a long-term income plan -- you may want to work with a dually licensed financial professional.



States That Tax Your Federal Government Pension the Most

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Retired federal employees often get a tax break for their service. But not here.



How Kids Can Start Investing

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A parent or other adult needs to manage a custodial account, but most brokerage firms offer the same investing choices, commissions and fees for custodial accounts as for regular accounts.



5 Stock Picks That Warren Buffett Has Blown

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400







Recent Weak Inflation Not Likely to Deter Fed

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on inflation



Why Wait Until You Retire to Take Control of Your 401(k)?

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Workers over age 59½ may want to take advantage of the flexibility and choice of IRAs by rolling their 401(k)s over while they're still employed with an "in-service rollover."



Federal Employees: Don't Panic About Changes

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

From a hiring freeze to possibly shrinking retirement and health care benefits, the future holds some uncertainty. However, most of these changes are manageable.



Switch in May and Go Away? A New Twist on an Old Investing Strategy

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Taking advantage of seasonal market anomalies could boost your stock returns.



5 Retailers That Will Fall Victim to Amazon

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




5 Index-Beating Vanguard Funds

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The firm known for its index offerings has some great actively managed funds.



E-Commerce Leads Retail Sales

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending



An Overlooked Way to Pass Down Your Home Without Probate: The Life Estate

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you don't want to set up a trust, a life estate can solve some possibly lengthy and costly problems for your heirs.



The Emotional Side of Retirement Planning

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Forget finances, you'll never be ready to retire unless you've thought through exactly what you want your next chapter to be like.



Estate Tax Repeal? Perhaps Not in California!

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If President Trump gets his way, the days of the federal estate tax may be numbered -- but if it's repealed, California may have an equivalent state tax ready to take its place.



The Long Slog in Congress After Comey

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Trump's firing of the FBI director ruffled congressional feathers, but not enough to spur an independent investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.



The Advantages of a Tax-Free Transfer From an IRA to Charity

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Besides benefiting the charity, you may save a bundle on income taxes, as well as stay below the income cutoff for some other taxes and charges.



9 Dividend Stocks to Buy for 6%-Plus Yields

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




10 Things You Must Know About Medicare

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




One Way Retirees Could Pay 0% in Capital Gains Taxes

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Holding onto stock shares for fear of a big tax bill? Think again. If you can manage your income right, you may not have to pay any taxes at all when you sell.



6 Steps to Spring Clean Your Financial House

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Do you have piles of paperwork cluttering up your kitchen? When's the last time you checked insurance rates or tracked your spending? Spring is a great time to get organized.



Why Commission-Based Compensation Can't be Transparent

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The cost of investing through a broker-dealer may not be what you think it is. Believe it or not, your broker might not know the full cost structure, either.



Is the S&P 500's Highest-Yielding Dividend Stock Safe?

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

CenturyLink has an eye-popping yield but that won't help investors if the payout is not sustainable.



Smart Financial Moves If You Work Late in Life

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Working past retirement age can provide an added boost to your retirement savings if you follow these steps.



3 Cash-Rich Tech Stocks to Buy and Hold Forever

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400







Trade Deficit Grows in First Quarter

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

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



An Annuity Can Help Restore Your Confidence in Retirement

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A steady stream of income can give retirees worried about stock market downturns a reassuring sense of stability.



56 Great College Values Still Accepting Students for Fall 2017

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Students who didn't get into their top schools or receive as much financial aid as they needed to be able to attend still have options.



Financial Planning: Go One Step at a Time

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Seriously, you can do this. Here are the basics for retirement planning, boiled down to three steps. Step 2 could take some time, but Step 1 and Step 3 are pretty easy, so get started.



Depreciation's Tax Break Has Consequences for Real Estate Investors

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Property owners may love the tax deduction now, but when they sell, the IRS may come knocking for what is due through "depreciation recapture." Here's how that works.



Amazon vs. Alphabet: FANG Stocks Race to $1,000 a Share

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Milestone aside, both tech stocks offer intriguing reasons for long-term investors to buy and hold.



10 Hot Stocks to Sell Before They Hit the Wall

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Top Stock Picks From Five Big Investors

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and others share their best investing ideas at the Sohn conference.



How to Maximize the Home-Office Tax Deduction

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

There are two different ways to calculate the write-off. But to qualify, you must use your home office "exclusively and regularly" for your business.



Don't File Away Your 2016 Tax Paperwork Until You Do This

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Tax planning 101: Take a close look at these six lines on your completed 2016 return. They could be clues to opportunities to save on your 2017 taxes.



A 2-Pronged Strategy for Retirees Seeking Safe Cash Flow: Non-Traded REITs and Annuities

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Non-traded REITs and annuities can provide a lifetime income stream with a principal that could possibly grow over time, leaving a richer legacy for your heirs.



8 Questions You Should Always Ask in an Exit Interview

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Make sure you get all you deserve, and perhaps leave the door open.



Battle Isolation by Staying Engaged

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Why it's important to offset a condition increasingly recognized as a health threat on par with smoking.



Should Warren Buffett Buy Alphabet Stock?

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Two More Fed Rate Hikes Likely in 2017

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on interest rates.



Job Creation Bounces Back

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on jobs



Is $1 Million Enough to Retire?

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

It surely sounds like a lot, but once you do all the math, you might be sadly surprised. Here's why.



Avoiding the IRA Beneficiary Tax Trap

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Be careful who inherits your IRA, and be smart about how they are allowed to do it. It could save them a potentially 40% tax hit.