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Make Last-Minute Charitable Gifts Work for You

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Guidelines for retirees on smart ways to make donations at the end of the year.


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5 Financial Moves You'll Regret When You Retire

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

These unwise money moves could have lasting repercussions.


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Protect Your Nest Egg From a Volatile Market

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

As you approach retirement, you need to be more aware of sequence risk and adjust your portfolio accordingly.


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Retirees, Save on Taxes With This RMD-to-Charity Alternative

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Figuring out which RMD strategy will produce the best payoff can be complicated, but also quite valuable.


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4 Steps to Finding the Best Funds for You

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

It's a big fund universe out there; here's how to narrow down your choices.


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Last-Minute Ways to Spend Down Your Flexible Spending Account

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Many firms that used to give employees until March to spend FSA funds now allow only $500 to be carried over to the New Year.


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Keep Holiday Spending Under Control

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Take little steps to keep yourself from getting carried away and heading into the New Year with a debt hangover.


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The New Life Period Between Working and Retirement

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

With better health and longer lives, we have a new opportunity to discover our selves and our world--if we can afford to do so.


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A Do-It-Yourself Replacement for Indexed Annuities

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Consider building a portfolio of CDs and index funds to protect your principal and potentially boost returns.


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Who Should You Tip for the Holidays?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500




7 Good Stocks for Your Retirement Portfolio in 2017

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Forget politics. Instead, look for reasonably priced companies with competitive advantages.


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7 Money Moves You Will Always Be Thankful For

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

As you plan for 2017, put these tasks on your to-do list for a more prosperous new year.


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7 Stores With the Best Return Policies

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

These retailers are the most generous when it comes to refunds and exchanges.


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7 Stores With the Worst Return Policies

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Read the fine print very carefully before you make a purchase at one of these retailers.


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6 Steps To Help Make Sure You Don't Outlive Your Money

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Figuring out how much you need to save in order to comfortably retire can be challenging, but this plan makes it easier.


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Where to Invest in 2017

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

The bull market is likely to celebrate its eighth birthday under the Trump presidency, but gains will again be middling.


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Avoid Social Security Screwups

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Most people don't know even the basic rules of Social Security. That can lead to filer's remorse--and thousands of forgone dollars.


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The 7 Best ETFs for Retirees in 2017

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Exchange-traded funds are inexpensive, first-class investments.


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7 Important Steps to Finding the Right Financial Adviser for You

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Make sure you're working with financial professionals who understand your ultimate goals and know how to get you there in the most efficient way possible


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Why You Need a Fiduciary to Help You Plan Your Retirement

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Be sure to check a financial professional's credentials before you take his or her advice.


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Time to Stock Up at the Grocery Store

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Eggs, meat, coffee and cheese are cheaper thanks to bumper crops and low fuel prices.


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6 Value Stock Picks in a Pricey Market

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Finding bargains isn't easy these days, but these three value-fund managers dug hard.


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Retirees, Shift Stock to Satisfy Your RMD

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Use this smart tactic to keep your shares as well as make Uncle Sam happy.


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Even Retirees Working Part-Time Can Contribute to a Roth IRA

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

You can stash as much as you earned for the year in a Roth, up to $5,500 plus an extra $1,000 if you're 50 or older.


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Why You Should Plan To Sell Your Business Now

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

No matter when you actually expect to let go of your business, you need to be prepared for the move.


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Is Your Adviser Really a Fiduciary?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

You should ask point blank and check if they are a CEFEX-certified firm.


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How to Get Discounts at Disney World

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

We tell you how to make your visit less expensive and more magical.


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Give the Gift of College

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Instead of giving kids toys and video games, open a 529 college savings plan or student loan savings account for them and contribute to it.


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Fund Fee Wars Heat Up

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Expense ratios for some funds are rapidly approaching zero.


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Get a 6.5% Yield With a Stew of Junk Bonds

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Three shops, each using a different recipe, pick the bonds at Northern Multi-Manager High Yield Opportunity.


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Is a Bear Market on the Prowl?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Caution doesn't necessarily equal a market meltdown.


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7 Tips for Talking to Millennials About Money

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Discussing financial matters with your kids can be difficult. Try to remember that they are adults.


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Flying High By Managing Risk In Wealth Management

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

When it comes to both investing and flying a plane, you need to be prepared, use the proper tools and have a good wingman.


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Social Security Taxes Will Nick More of Your Earnings in 2017

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

The maximum amount of earnings on which you pay Social Security taxes is rising to $127,200, up from $118,500 in 2016.


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Preferred Stocks Paying 5% or More to Income Investors

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

These high-paying hybrid securities belong in most income portfolios.


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The Simple Holiday Budget Anyone Can Follow

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Stay in the black when the red and green take over.


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All You Need to Know About Saving for Emergencies

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Building an emergency fund may be your most important financial goal. Understand why you need it, how much you should save and where to invest the savings.


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12 Things You Can't Return to Amazon

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Before you add any of these items to your online shopping cart, be sure you really, really want them.


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Dow 20,000: Stock Market Milestone Is Tantalizingly Close

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

The ride getting there may be bumpy, but the Dow Jones industrial average could be heading toward a major milestone: cracking 20,000 for the first time in its 120-year history.


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Why Your Financial Professionals Should Work Together

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

If you have a financial adviser, an accountant and an attorney, they should communicate with each other to help design your best financial strategy.


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The 5 Best Bond Funds for 2017

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

The trick next year will be to avoid losing money.


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Watch Out for These 5 Last-Minute Home-Buying Costs

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Unexpected costs toward the end of the buying process can leave prospective buyers scrambling.


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An Interest Rate Increase Is Long Overdue

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

The highly anticipated rise will be good for savers and investors.


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5 Money Lessons Women Must Learn

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

It's important to understand these five basic points in order to take control of your life and be financially independent.


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Moderate Growth for Business Spending in 2017

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on business equipment spending


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FAQs About Required Minimum Distributions for Retirement Accounts

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

If you're older than 70½, the deadline for taking RMDs is New Year's Eve. Start the process now to beat the end-of-year rush--and to dodge the penalty for missing the deadline.


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7 Frugal Living Skills You Should Be Teaching Your Children

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Sometimes the most important frugal living skills aren't financial skills at all -- they're life skills that serve us well in dozens of ways.


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7 States That Are Better Than Florida for Retirement

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Because we all can't retire to the Sunshine State.


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The 6 Best Stock Funds for Retirees in 2017

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

My favorite actively managed funds focus on limiting risk.


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Riding Out a Bear Market With a Hold and Sell Strategy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

If you're already retired or near retirement, you might consider turning to low-volatility bond investment and money-market accounts before the next storm hits.


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Embracing Technology in the World of Finance

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Good apps and online tools can help you better handle your personal finances, but a financial adviser still plays an important role, too.


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10 Best Jobs for the Future 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

These booming careers look promising for years to come.


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7 Ways to Earn Extra Cash

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Surprisingly simple ideas to put more money in your pocket.


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How to Pick the Best Funds for Your Portfolio

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Be sure to look at performance history, management experience and costs, among other things.


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Target's Best Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

The big-box retailer is throwing in free gift cards as added incentives on some already discounted items.


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OPEC Keeps Oil Markets Jittery

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices


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7 Best Things to Buy at the Dollar Store

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

These items are well worth the buck (or more) you will pay for them.


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9 Ways to Save Money at Starbucks

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Your coffee habit doesn't need to blow your budget.


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What You Can Learn from Wealthy Investors

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

High-net-worth individuals may have more money to work with, but you can make the same money-smart moves, no matter your income.


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10 Things You'll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Don't roast your budget with these holiday pitfalls.


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7 Things Home Buyers Want Most

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Selling your house? These features are in demand.


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2016 Holiday Sales to Top Last Year's

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending


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Inflation Headed Up

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on inflation


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Are Donor-Advised Funds the Best Charitable Giving Vehicle for You?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

DAFs can be a quick, easy and flexible way to achieving your family's philanthropic goals.


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Veterans Often Miss Out on the Long-Term Care Benefits They Deserve

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

If you qualify, be sure to collect the Aid and Attendance benefits you've earned in service to our country.


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11 Surprising Things Your HSA Will Cover

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

You might be missing out on some real tax savings on health-related items and services.


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Best Things to Buy on Cyber Monday

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

It can be worth waiting until after Black Friday to snag some items on your holiday shopping list.


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Forget the Fiduciary Rule

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

But there still will be ways investors can require their advisers to put their interests first.


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How to Get a Job for the Holiday Season

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Many employers started hiring in October and early November, but it's not too late to apply for a seasonal job now.


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Best Things to Buy on Black Friday

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Some of the deals on November 25 are too good to pass up - even if you're only shopping for yourself.


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Amazon's Best Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Some of the biggest holiday savings on Amazon.com are on Amazon's own products.


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The Unsung Role of Budget Planning in Retirement

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

More important than determining your investment strategy, outlining your post-retirement expenses can help ensure your money lasts a lifetime.


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8 Urban Myths of Personal Finance

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Don't believe everything you hear about your money.


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