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Even at current rates, be sure to plan for inflation

Three to four decades ago, inflation and its impact on families was one of the biggest concerns for most Americans. That was a time when ... Read more

Watch for different risk levels of ‘muni’ bonds

Are you thinking of investing in municipal bonds? If so, you may have good reason, particularly if you are in one of the higher tax ... Read more

Create a plan to cover necessities of retirement

What’s going to happen when your paycheck stops? It’s one of the biggest questions that people nearing retirement have. It’s difficult for people to imagine ... Read more

Avoid problems by updating beneficiary designations

Like many people, you might not particularly enjoy thinking about your estate plans, but such planning is necessary to make sure your assets go where ... Read more

Get a jump on rolling workplace dollars into an IRA

Does the money you are accumulating in your employer-sponsored retirement plan have to stay there until you leave your job or retire? You may be ... Read more

Financial spring cleaning can brighten your picture

The days are getting longer and warmer — a sure indication of the arrival of spring. Another sign of the season may be the urge ... Read more

How does Supreme Court’s move affect finances?

The Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013 changed the financial landscape for same-sex couples ... Read more

Are your finances prepared for life’s unexpected?

When you’re working to achieve your financial objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated — for example, you won’t be able ... Read more

Stock market reaches new highs … now what?

If you’ve had money invested in the stock market in 2013, you’re most likely pleased with the results. It’s rare that major stock indexes, like ... Read more

Make smart moves if you relocate for retirement

Retirement opens the door for many retirees to consider a change in residence. Here are answers to questions about the financial implications of relocation at ... Read more

When opportunity knocks, be ready to open the door

If you’ve been around long-time investors, you’ll probably hear them say, ruefully, “If only I had gotten in on the ground floor of such-and-such computer ... Read more

Try giving retirement a practice run starting today

As your retirement approaches, you’re bound to have concerns about the changes ahead. Why not put your mind at ease by taking steps to take ... Read more

Short-term vs. long-term investments: Understand?

At various times, many people may feel frustrated by the performance of their investments. Read more

It’s never too early to think about your income taxes

In just a couple of short months we will close out 2013 and welcome a new year. In doing so, we will also begin a ... Read more

Women: Do you understand your retirement health care?

On average, women live longer than men and face distinctly different challenges in maintaining their health. Perhaps as a result, women tend to spend more ... Read more

Farmers’ harvest season offers lessons to investors

It’s harvest time again. Of course, harvest season may not mean that much to you if you don’t work in agriculture. Nonetheless, you can learn ... Read more

Home sale exclusion can be a benefit to many

Don’t forget the home sale exclusion is still in effect should you find yourself in the real estate market as the seller. Since life brings ... Read more

Small business owners: Think about personal finances

If you’re a small business owner, you probably devote most of your time to making your business successful and functioning well each day. You focus ... Read more

Are you efficient when it comes to investments?

Generally speaking, if you’re efficient at a particular task, you’ll get good results without wasting effort. As you’ve already learned from your life experiences, it’s ... Read more

When should you take Social Security benefits?

Over the course of your working lifetime, with every paycheck you’ve dutifully paid taxes toward Social Security. Read more

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