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5 Most Important Financial Decisions You Can Make In The New Year

Pay off your debt Consumer debt is expected to reach a record $4 trillion by the end of 2018.  The average family is ...
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Taking Money out of Traditional IRAs and 401(k)s

IRAs and 401(k) plans were designed to be used during retirement for supplemental income. For that reason, there are penalties for taking money ...
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Financial planning explained

Here’s some good news: you can positively affect your level of economic success by planning for your future instead of “winging” it. Without ...
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6 Charitable Tax Moves to Consider Before Year-End

The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the most extensive and far-reaching change to the tax code in more than thirty ...
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Two Great Ways to Give to Charity That Can Help Save on Taxes

With year-end tax planning looming in the next few months, we are bringing you two ideas for donating to charity that could save ...
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Should I use annuities as a temporary investment?

A Reader Asks: “Should I use annuities as a temporary investment?” ...
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The Risks of Do-It-Yourself Retirement Plans

Do-It-Yourself Retirement Planning? A report recently published by the Federal Reserve Bank on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households, discusses what people have ...
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Financial Questions Millennials Ask: “What is the best way to save for the future outside of a work retirement plan?”

A young professional asks: “I am 27 years old and have finally worked myself into a well-paying job. I want to make the ...
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4 Keys to Financial Peace

Financial peace arrives when you no longer have to worry about your income being sufficient to cover your expenses.  It’s a great feeling ...
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How Interest Rates are Determined

From our favorite economist - Brian Wesbury: An entire generation of investors has been misled about interest rates: where they come from, what ...
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Do I Need a Financial Advisor?

Not everyone needs a financial advisor. But if you are not sure about how your financial assets should be invested, if you make ...
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How Tax Brackets Work

Being in the 24% tax bracket doesn’t mean you pay 24% on everything you make. The progressive tax system means that people with ...
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5 Reasons Why You Should Work with a Professional to Create a Retirement Plan

Focus your goals in retirement and how you will pay for them. Address your concerns and expectations for retirement. Identify things that could ...
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Financial Planning is the New Employee Benefit

Some of the most progressive companies are introducing a new employee benefit: company-paid financial guidance. Concerned about their employees’ retirement funds, and acknowledging ...
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Required Minimum Distributions

In 2017, the oldest baby boomers, who turned age 70 in 2016, reached the required beginning date (RBD) for taking withdrawals from traditional ...
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Written Retirement Plans Double Your Chance of Success

A study by the Charles Schwab brokerage firm found that people with a written retirement plan are 60 percent more likely to increase ...
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Saving and Retirement

The Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College, found that 52 percent of working-age U.S. households are at risk of being unable ...
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Avoiding Bad Advisors

Some good advice from SeekingAlpha: The elephant standing in the room in all discussions of financial advice is the unethical advisor who offers ...
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Can You Answer These Basic Money Questions?

The NY Post published an article Most Americans can’t answer these 4 basic money questions.   They questioned "Millennials" and "Boomers" to see ...
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Retirement: The Good News and the Bad News

First, the good news. According to a leading investment firm, current retirees are doing just fine. They studied a large group of retirees ...
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Mutual Fund Shares and Why They’re Important

Mutual fund share classes are little understood by the investing public, but they are important because they determine how much the investor pays ...
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Six Charitable Moves to Consider Before Year-End

The tax changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) are extensive and far-reaching.  The standard deduction will be raised starting in ...
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Protecting and Growing Wealth when Nearing Retirement

This was a question asked by a visitor to Investopedia. Several other advisors responded.  Here’s my contribution to the discussion. You have gotten ...
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How to Avoid Fumbling Your Retirement Money

NFL football player Marion Henry retired from football at age 28.  Professional athletes usually begin a second career after they give up the ...
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Are You Still Being Charged Account Fees? Here’s the Solution

One of the most irritating things about having an account with one of the "big box" firms is that they charge you a ...
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