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Gas Prices to Head Higher This Spring

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices



Make Charitable Giving a Win-Win Part Of Your Wealth Plan

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You can do a lot of good while getting a good tax break, but the details of the setup are important, and so is how you communicate your wishes to your heirs.



7 Things You Should Never Include in Your Cover Letter

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Why you should stay on message and focus on your skills for that job.



5 Must-Do's to Start with for Retirement Success

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

No matter who you are, how much you've saved, what kind of salary you make or how you want to spend your golden years, you're going to need to do these five things before you can retire.



7 Blue-Chip Stocks Every Investor Should Own

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




When Two Policies Collide -- What Should 401(k) Plan Sponsors Do About Retirees?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

When retirees leave their money in their old company's 401(k), it can increase costs and liabilities for the plan. So what should be done? Education on the benefits of IRA rollovers would be a good start.



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

Tue, 25 Apr 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.



7 Reasons to Hire a Retirement Income Specialist

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Generating a lasting income stream once you quit working takes a different set of skills than saving and investing.



Taking Required Minimum Distributions From a SEP IRA

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

When it comes to RMDs, simplified employee pensions have the same rules as traditional IRAs.






7 Smart Personal Finance Moves for Military Personnel Before Deployment

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Take smart steps to protect your family and your finances.



Warning Signs an Investment's Too Good to Be True

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If someone offers you guaranteed fabulous returns with absolutely no risk, that's a dead giveaway. However, other shady signs are tougher to spot.



Why Silver and Gold Look Shiny to Investors Right Now

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

While they have their downsides, precious metals offer a hedge in times of trouble and inflation. Now could be a good time to take a look.



Why Financial Education Works

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Money skills learned young will pay off in the long run.



How Retirees Can Use Their Home's Wealth as an Emergency Fund

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The standby reverse mortgage strategy offers boomers a way to boost their retirement income.



Jane Bennett Clark--A Eulogy to Our "Beautiful Wordsmith"

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Jane was a gifted author who could write about anything and make it sing.



5 Considerations to Help You Retire Wealthy

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Planning for a secure retirement sounds complicated, but it really breaks down to these five basic elements.



NFL Superstars' Financial Fumbles Hold Lessons for Rest of Us

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Just because you're rich doesn't mean you don't make money mistakes. In fact, it may mean you make bigger ones.



Amazon, Costco Are Solid Long-Term Stock Buys

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Retail isn't dying, but picks like AMZN and COST are sticking out much more clearly than the rest.



10 Unprofessional Habits That Could Kill Your Career

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If even one of these reflects your workplace style, it's time to change things up.



How a Scholarship Affects Your 529 College-Savings Account

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You can withdraw up to the amount of a scholarship from your 529 account without paying a penalty on the earnings, even if you don't use the money for eligible college costs.



Earth Day 2017: Apple Wants to Make Recycled iPhones

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Apple's new commitment to closed-loop supply chain will one day mean no more mining to create iPhones.



GE Stock Remains Attractive for Income Investors

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The solid dividend yield appeases shareholders as the company continues to reinvent itself



Why Your Social Security Benefits May Be Smaller

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Dear Baby Boomer: Retirement Is This Close, and You Need to Deal With a Few Issues

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Here are four challenges to jump on right now to make sure your retirement is a happy one.



Making Next Year's Taxes Less Painful

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

With 2016 taxes in the rearview mirror, it's time to take stock of some missed opportunities for next year that could save you money and headaches.



Don't Let Long-Term Care Costs Devastate Your Retirement

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Can you afford $8,000 per month for care? Chances are, you'll need it at some point. Some solutions to that pricey problem include long-term care insurance, "living benefits" and annuities.



When Not to Roll Over a 401(k) to an IRA

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Comparing your investment choices and costs can aid in deciding if a rollover is the right move.



The 10 Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The Surprising Success of a Dumb Investment

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

My roller-coaster ride with an unusual fund ends well after two decades. Here's what I learned from the investing odyssey.



4 Financial Planning Essentials to Ease Your Retirement Fears

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Most pre-retirees are afraid of outliving their money. Having a plan can help ensure you don't.



What Investors Need to Know About Risk

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Did you know that risk tolerance and risk capacity are not the same thing? Good decisions start with a firm understanding of risk.



Should YOU Hate Annuities?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

They can be expensive, confusing and limiting (but one might work in your plan).



What to Do With Old Savings Bonds

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

First, check to see whether they are still earning interest. If not, cash them in and invest the money somewhere else.



5 Tech Stocks to Buy for Growth AND Dividends

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Drop in Prices Not Likely to Delay Fed Rate Hike

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on inflation



5 Downsides to DIY Financial Planning

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Even the savviest investors can fall short in several key ways with their retirement decisions.



Losing Your 6-Figure Job? Use These Financial Strategies to Come Out on Top

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Executives navigating layoffs and buyouts have some critical decisions to make. Here's what they need to consider.



8 Types of Bad Bosses -- And How to Survive Them

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Strategies to stay one step ahead of an inferior superior.



Two Dividend-Paying Tech Stocks Owned by Warren Buffett

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The head of Berkshire Hathaway usually avoids technology shares, but Apple and IBM are exceptions.



Creative Tax Strategies Can Stretch Your Nest Egg Years Longer

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

How you tap into your retirement accounts could mean a world of difference. Sometimes going against popular thinking pays off.



How Long Should You Keep Tax Records?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Here's some guidance on what to hang on to and what you can toss.



7 Top Emerging Markets Stocks to Buy Now

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




When Is Tax Day 2017?

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A holiday celebrated in Washington, D.C., gives everyone more time to file their taxes this year.



Don't Mistake an Investment Portfolio for a Retirement Strategy

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Saving and investing is the easy part of the retirement equation. Preserving your assets through volatile markets while drawing an income off them takes a real plan.



Conservative Investors Have Reason to Cheer

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

For years they've been plagued by near-zero interest rates forcing them to look for gains in riskier places. Now that's changing.



Tax Day Tip: 3 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Getting money back from Uncle Sam? Use it wisely.



Tax Day Tip: Invest Your Tax Refund in a Roth IRA

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You'll thank yourself in retirement. Trust us.



Best Dividend Stocks Owned by Billionaires

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Portfolio

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Leaving a Legacy to Future Generations

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Intergenerational programs involving older adult volunteers and school-age children can lead to reading gains, improvement in class behavior and higher graduation rates.



Can You Take a Tax Break for Going Gluten-Free?

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You may be able to write off the costs of your special diet if you have celiac disease.



Retail Sales Solid, Despite March Snow

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending



How Inflation Can Crumble Your Retirement Lifestyle

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Rising prices can turn today's comfortable income into tomorrow's tight budget squeeze, but there are three things you can do to help avoid this problem.



Measuring an Investor's True Tolerance for Risk

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If something doesn't feel right about your financial plan but you can't put your finger on it, it may be that it doesn't match your level of risk tolerance.



How to Sidestep Required Minimum Distributions From Roth 401(k)s

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You usually have to take RMDs from a Roth 401(k) after age 70½ -- unless you convert the account to a Roth IRA.



3 Dividend Stocks to Buy for 12 Months of Income

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Get A Portfolio That Pays You During Retirement with Dividend Investing

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

When it's time to start pulling money out of your retirement savings, it's nice to know that dividends are pumping it back in. But you've got to be careful when picking which dividend payers to rely upon.



5 Big Problems to Solve Before You Retire

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Unless you have a solid game plan in place to address these five potential problems, you are not ready to retire.



5 Crafty Interview Questions Successful CEOs Always Ask

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Top bosses go beyond the sales pitch on your CV.



Jobless Claims Down Slightly for the Week

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

First-time applications for unemployment insurance declined once again.



The RMD Solution to the Hassle of Filing Estimated Taxes in Retirement

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you don't need the money to live on, wait until December to take your RMD and ask the sponsor to withhold a big chunk for the IRS.



5 Vanguard Dividend Funds

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




5 Great International Destinations for Budget Travelers

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The vacation spots you dreamed about are now affordable.



11 Time-Tested Tactics for Investing Success

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Follow our strategies to achieve financial security, then reap the rewards.



A Watched Portfolio Never Performs

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The more you agonize over your investment portfolio, the worse you think it's performing ... even when it's doing really well.



Is the End of Jobs Coming? Employees Beware

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Entrepreneurship is a path that more workers could find themselves on soon, like it or not. Survival strategies are required for self-starters, and those who'd rather keep their jobs.



Dealing With Debts After Death

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

When an elderly parent passes away and leaves debt, their adult children may question if they're now on the hook for any unpaid bills.



Amazon.com Pads Its Amazon Prime Perks

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Boost Your Social Security Benefit Every Month You Delay

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You don't need to wait an entire year beyond your full retirement age to earn delayed retirement credits.



The 7 Best Retirement Stocks No One Talks About

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




5 Potentially Devastating Mistakes Pre-Retirees and Retirees Make

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Failing to save enough is an obvious, and all-too-common, disaster in the making, but here are five much trickier danger zones to steer clear of.



3 Reasons Target Date Funds Aren't Right for Anyone!

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Sure, they're an easy way to plan for retirement, but those who take the easy way out could be shortchanging themselves.



Weak First Quarter Likely to Test Fed

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast for the GDP growth rate



3 Tips for Communicating about Money Among Generations

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Everyone knows that couples need to be able to discuss finances, but it's also crucial to talk with your kids and your parents. Here's how.



A Will Can Be a Beautiful Thing

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you've been putting it off because it's sad or uncomfortable, don't. Estate planning can be a loving tribute and source of comfort. Here's what to consider.



March Snowstorms Cut Into Job Growth

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on jobs



Don't Get Hung Up on Fiduciary Rule's Fate; Focus Should Be on Planning

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Just because your financial adviser is a fiduciary doesn't guarantee you're getting all the help you need. Here's what every investor should insist upon.



7 Things You Need to Know About Mutual Funds

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Do you know what dead money costs are? Have you read your prospectus? What you don't know can cost you.



March Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Falls but Hiring Slows

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

It was an off month for the labor market as struggling retailers employ fewer workers.



5 Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper Due to a Strong U.S. Dollar

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Now is the time to travel abroad and save big.



The Trouble with Target-Date Funds in Retirement

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

They may not make sense once you're past the target date.



Selling Jointly Owned Stock After the Death of a Spouse

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

How you will be taxed depends on the state in which you reside.



Tax Tips for Procrastinators

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

As you rush to meet the filing deadline, don't overlook money-saving tax breaks -- particularly if there's no need to hurry.



5 Good Dividend Stocks Owned by Bill Gates

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




4 Stocks That Made Their Politics Public

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Your Financial Plan Shouldn't Include Winning the Lottery

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Behind in your retirement goals? Don't just sit there and worry. There are steps you can take today to take control of your future.



7 Smart Ways to Build Your Emergency Fund

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




How a Border Tax Would Affect You

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A plan to limit imports could raise prices but also create more jobs.



MFS Utilities: Not Your Average Utility Fund

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

This fund's veteran manager also invests in cable stocks and energy partnerships.



Can This Fallen Biotech Be Revived?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

I've been sorely tempted to sell my Gilead shares. But now that they're cheaper, maybe I should buy more.



7 Tech Stocks That Will Crush the Market for Years

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Looking to Diversify and Get Consistent Dividends? 2 Possibilities

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Private offerings in multifamily real estate and storage companies have shown consistent strength, even in times of stock market volatility. Here's why you might want to consider them.



Weekly Jobless Claims Fall to 234,000 on April 6, 2017

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

First-time applications for unemployment insurance declined once again to remain at generational lows.



Managing Your Money in Old Age

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Declining financial abilities may not only result in a few unpaid bills but also leave you vulnerable to financial abuse and drain your nest egg.



11 Secrets of Home Improvement Shopping at Lowe's

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Can You Tell If These Tax Deductions Are Legit?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Not all write-offs pass muster with the IRS.



10 Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Widening Trade Gap Sparks White House Worry

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

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



Buy Retail Stocks at Wholesale Prices

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Department-store stocks have lost one-fifth of their value in the past five years, while the overall stock market has nearly doubled.