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The New Year is symbolic in many respects. It gives you a chance to start fresh and set some goals that can improve your life in ways large and small. But if you’re like many people, familiar resolutions like “lose weight” or “go to the gym” slowly fade into darkness by mid-February, leaving…(Read More)

Losing a loved one is arguably one of the most difficult experiences in life. In addition to coping with the grief and loss of a loved one, there are also a variety of challenging tasks and important financial decisions to be completed, some of which include: Making final arrangements. Reviewing funeral costs and funding options…(Read More)

Keeping your cool can be hard to do when the market goes on one of its periodic roller-coaster rides. It’s useful to have strategies in place that prepare you both financially and psychologically to handle market volatility. Here are 11 ways to help keep yourself from making hasty decisions that could have a…(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)

There are five estate planning documents you may need, regardless of your age, health, or wealth: Durable power of attorney Advanced medical directives Will Letter of instruction Living trust The last document, a living trust, isn’t always necessary, but it’s included here because it’s a vital component of many estate plans. Durable…(Read More)

A large portion of the millennial generation has come of age during complex and challenging economic conditions. The older end of the generation entered the workforce just in time for the biggest market downturn and scariest job market in decades, while being saddled with more student loan debt than any previous generation. While the economy…(Read More)

If you’re not thinking about your taxes yet, you should be—identity thieves certainly are. During tax season, there’s a significant increase in the sharing of sensitive information, both online and via postal mail. Not surprisingly, it’s also when many crooks and scammers come out of the woodwork. For them, it’s…(Read More)

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)