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Yesterday’s big news was that the Federal Reserve (Fed) has finally increased interest rates, by 25 basis points or one-quarter of 1 percent. On the face of it, this increase doesn’t seem like it should be considered a major deal, but the widespread media coverage would indicate otherwise. Let’s spend some…(Read More)

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Back-to-School Budgeting

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When handling financial matters with a college student, parents often struggle to find the right balance between hovering over the child’s every decision and granting too much financial freedom, too soon. Here, we’ll explore some common expenses that college students and their parents should factor into the back-to-school budget, as well…(Read More)

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Retirees tend to be more confident about having a financially secure retirement than current workers, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Retirement confidence is highest among workers who say they or their spouse have a retirement plan, such as a work-sponsored plan or an individual retirement account (IRA), reports the Employee Benefit Research…(Read More)

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You’ve probably heard how important it is to establish and maintain an emergency fund. Unfortunately, most people don’t fully realize this until a money emergency is upon them. Are you financially prepared for a leaky roof? How about a broken-down car? If you lost your job, how long would you be able…(Read More)

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At any age, health care is a priority. When you retire, however, you will probably focus more on health care than ever before. Staying healthy is your goal, and this can mean more visits to the doctor for preventive tests and routine checkups. There’s also a chance that your health will decline as you…(Read More)

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Spring is in the air, which for many means waking up from hibernation and cleaning out the clutter. But don’t forget about clearing the cobwebs from your “financial house,” too! Even if you recently took a look at your finances as you prepared for tax season, there still may be some items that could…(Read More)

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Each day between 2011 and 2030, 10,000 baby boomers will celebrate their 65th birthdays. As the boomers grow older, their middle-aged children may find themselves in a challenging situation: providing financial assistance to their parents as well as their own kids. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center: 75 percent of…(Read More)

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Year-End Financial Planning

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With the end of 2014 quickly approaching, it is a wonderful time to begin organizing your finances for the New Year. We’ve put together a list of important financial planning topics that warrant consideration. Flexible spending accounts Money that you’ve put away in your flexible spending accounts (FSAs) generally must be used by…(Read More)

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Winter Preparation Checklist Are you ready for colder weather and the end-of-the-year rush? Consider using some of these tips to help you save money and time as winter approaches. Ready your home and car Your house and vehicle can be costly to repair if you don’t keep them in shape. Whether…(Read More)

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Deciding when to begin receiving Social Security benefits is a major financial issue for anyone approaching retirement because the age at which you apply for benefits will affect the amount you’ll receive. If you’re married, this decision can be especially complicated because you and your spouse will need to plan together, taking into…(Read More)