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  1. How Brokerage App Robinhood Makes Money

    Stock brokerage app Robinhood aims to spur Millennial investing with $0 trades.
  2. Who Spends The Most During Black Friday?

    Texans spend more on Black Friday than any other state.
  3. ETFs: Coming Soon to 401(k) Plans

    The new fiduciary rule could drive more 401(k) plans to include ETFs, which are typically lower cost investments than mutual ...
  4. Some Like it Hot (The Economy, That is)

    We look at past market reactions as the Federal Reserve contemplates higher interest rates, and what the yield curve may ...
  5. The Problem with Buy Low, Sell High Advice

    Here's why the advice to buy low and sell high isn't quite so simple.
  6. The Behavior That Helps You Increase Your Returns

    Has your financial advisor talked to you about the factor that makes or breaks financial success?
  7. HUD vs. FHA Loans: What’s the Difference?

    Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably to refer to "government loans" for would-be home buyers. But here's the distinction.
  8. Using Estate Planning to Divide Your Assets

    Because there are many nuances to asset distribution, an estate plan should be customized for you and your family.
  9. Student Loan Debt and Your Retirement Savings

    The burden of student loan debt can hinder the ability to save long term for retirement
  10. Year-End Tax Planning That Will Boost Your Returns

    Year-end tax planning is crucial to take advantage of strategies to maximize after-tax returns on your investments.
  11. 10 Social Security Secrets to Boost Your Benefits

    If you know and apply these 10 Social Security secrets, you can increase your monthly benefit check, often substantially. ...
  12. 10 Cities Where Rent Is Rising Fastest

    Rents are rising in 34 of the 35 largest U.S. metros, but salaries are not keeping pace. Here's where you're most likely ...
  13. 4 Easy Techniques for Budgeting Money

    Budgeting money is critical for everyone, but to be successful at creating and sticking to a plan, it’s helpful to have some ...
  14. Mortgage for a Manufactured Home? Try the FHA

    FHA loans are often a good alternative for those who have trouble obtaining a conventional mortgage, although you do have ...
  15. Flipping Houses: Is It Better Than the Buy and Hold Strategy?

    Real estate investors can choose to flip a property or hold it. Find out which strategy may best for you.
  16. What to Do This Year with Tax Cuts Coming in 2017?

    Here are several strategies that taxpayers can use to make the most of the likely coming tax cuts following Donald Trump's ...
  17. When Maxing Out Your 401(k) Isn't a Good Idea

    Maxing out your 401(k) is a great accomplishment, but not always the best thing to do. Here are three times when it doesn't ...
  18. 5 Ways to Reduce Taxes When You Are in Retirement

    There are lots of ways to reduce your tax burden in retirement without getting into trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. ...
  19. 5 Critical Steps to Take Before You Retire

    Exiting the workforce soon? You need to make sure your financial house is in order. These actions will help you on your way. ...
  20. Will the Social Security Cap Increase Help It Last Longer?

    The Social Security cap increase will be 7% in 2017, but even that may not be enough to keep Social Security from running ...
  21. Don't Ignore Maintenance Fees When Buying Real Estate

    Buying an apartment or condo costs more than just the price of the unit. You will also have to pay maintenance fees which ...
  22. Don't Believe All the Statistics You Read About Finance

    Many of the so-called scientific studies that we read and hear about in the media are nothing but hype and best left ignored.
  23. USAA Mortgage Review: What You Need to Know

    Learn about USAA's history in the financial services sector, as well as the mortgage products it offers and what customers ...
  24. An Introduction to the FHA 203(k) Loan

    If you're looking at a fixer-upper, the Federal Housing Administration rehab loan may be the mortgage for you.
  25. 5 Things to Think About When an Adult Child Moves Home

    Is your adult child coming to live at home again? Remembering these five essential things will help your family survive-and ...
  26. How You Can Protect Your Assets With Insurance

    Here's how carrying the proper levels of auto and umbrella insurance will keep your assets protected, no matter your net ...
  27. Medicare Costs to Rise for Most in 2017

    Most senior citizens will see their Medicare expenses rise in 2017.
  28. Trump’s Upper-Middle-Class Tax Increase

    While the rich save on taxes, some upper-middle-class couples and singles may find themselves in a higher tax bracket under ...
  29. How Trump Could Change the Retirement Landscape

    Here are some ways that the Trump administration may impact the retirement landscape.
  30. Who Topped Bloomberg Businessweek's 2016 MBA List

    It's Harvard again, with Duke as the number 3 best full-time U.S. business school, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
  31. Top 10 Careers for Women Over 50

    Women in this age group seek professions offering high pay and independence.
  32. How Much in Savings You Need to Live Comfortably

    Discover how Americans' perceptions of their financial security differ from reality, and learn how much in savings is sufficient ...
  33. Why Pro Athletes Need Financial Advice Too

    Many people believe that when a professional athlete gets a multimillion dollar contract, he or she must be set financially ...
  34. Best 3 Mortgage Calculator Websites Without PMI

    Discover three mortgage calculator websites that do not require you to factor private mortgage insurance (PMI) into your ...
  35. Chase vs. Wells Fargo: Which Is Best for High-Net-Worth Accounts? (JPM, WFC)

    Compare private banking services offered by Chase and Wells Fargo to high-net-worth individuals, and decide which bank provides ...
  36. Start Managing Your Budget With These 4 Steps

    Here's an easy way to approach starting a budget. Creating one will make you feel rewarded as you decide where to spend your ...
  37. 4 Options for Your Old 401(k) If You Change Jobs

    These are the four options available for your old 401(k) when you leave a job.
  38. Should I Consolidate My Two Mortgages?

    Consolidating your loans or mortgage may make sense for you, especially when interest rates are low. Here's what you should ...
  39. The Best Department Store Rewards Programs

    Comparing the perks and points that major retailers bestow on loyal customers.
  40. How to Pick the Right Lender When Refinancing a Mortgage

    Refinancing your mortgage has never been easier with the range of lenders and access to information that are available to ...
  41. The 5 Best Car Insurance Companies of 2016

    Getting a great deal on automotive insurance requires you to shop around. So which are the best car insurance companies of ...
  42. 3 Things Retired Clients Should Do Before Year-End

    These are the three most important things retired clients should review before the end of the year.
  43. Before You Pay Bills with a Medical Credit Card...

    A medical credit card can look like an easy way to pay for dental work or cosmetic surgery, but it comes with serious risks.
  44. Are You Prepared for a Cyberattack?

    Many financial advisors aren't sure how they would combat a data breach that could compromise client data. Here are four ...
  45. 4 Compensation Plans for Wealthy Earners

    Here's what advisors need to know about non-qualified deferred compensation plans.
  46. Will Trump Be Able to 'Fix' Social Security?

    President elect Donald Trump’s plan to replenish Social Security goes in a fundamentally different direction than most experts ...
  47. Muni Bonds Can Help Cushion the Bite of Taxes

    We evaluate why It’s important to take tax implications into consideration when investing in municipal bonds.
  48. The Best and Worst 529 Plans in 2016: Morningstar

    Which 529 college savings education plans are the best (and the worst) according to Morningstar?
  49. One Sign the Labor Market has Recovered

    We talk about the improving wage growth and a tight jobs market having a possible impact on the Federal Reserve's rate hike ...
  50. Which Gold ETF is Best? (GLD, IAU)

    The pros and cons of two of the most popular Gold ETFs: SPDR Gold Trust Shares (GLD) versus iShs Gold Trust Trust Units (IAU).
  51. The High Net Worth Guide to Social Security

    For well-off Americans, maximizing your net Social Security benefit requires a strategic approach. Work with a financial ...
  52. Don’t Do These 4 Things With a Financial Windfall

    Getting a lump-sum payout from a pension, 401(k) or your rich uncle Albert can leave you feeling flush. The problem is staying ...
  53. Thinking About Life Insurance as Income Protection

    U.S. households rank owning adequate life insurance toward the bottom of the list of nine common financial goals. Here's ...
  54. How Fintech Hopes to Shape Future Regulatory Scrutiny

    Greater regulation will most likely be applied to the financial technology industry sooner or later, regardless of its form. ...
  55. Refinancing Student Loans: 5 Questions to Ask

    Refinancing can be a great way to consolidate your student loans, but there are lots of questions you'll need to ask yourself ...
  56. Why Small Businesses Should Celebrate Their Losses

    It is hard to scale a business based on clients who just want to support the owner but aren't the right fit for the service. ...
  57. Financial Planning Issues for Foreign Nationals in U.S.

    There are a host of issues that foreign nationals face in the U.S. regarding taxation, credit and estate planning. Here are ...
  58. How to Retire with Just $500,000 Saved

    Here are three types of investments that can help generate a higher level of retirement income than Treasury securities without ...
  59. How Advisors Can Use Tech to Capture Leads

    The majority of financial advisors may own CRM solutions, but relatively few effectively leverage the solutions to cultivate ...
  60. The Highest Paid CEOs (DIS, ORCL)

    The most highly-paid CEOs and what they took home at the end of the year.
  61. Succeeding on Facebook: 3 Simple Steps for Financial Advisors

    With the right approach and appropriate plan of action, Facebook can help grow your financial services business. Here's a ...
  62. Chart of the Week: Trump’s Win Reinforces a New Market Regime

    We see Donald Trump’s surprise win reinforcing the reflationary theme that has shaped global markets in recent months. We ...
  63. Your Checklist for Open Enrollment Season at Work

    Open enrollment season has arrived, and that means you need to choose your health insurance benefits for 2017. This checklist ...
  64. How to Retire as a Millionaire Without a 401(k)

    Can you retire as a millionaire without a 401(k) plan? It may not be easy, but it isn't impossible if you know where to invest ...
  65. Top 4 Financial Pitfalls to Avoid in Retirement

    No matter how idyllic your retirement plans are, it's important to have contingency funds for these three unexpected—and ...
  66. Financial Advisors Should Try These Digital Marketing Tools

    Advisors don’t need to be digital marketing experts to reap the rewards of being online. All they need to know is where to ...
  67. 6 Travel Tips for International Business Plans

    Smartphones and cloud computing have enabled many to work virtually from abroad. Here are six tips to make it easier.
  68. 4 Financial Recommendations for Millennials

    Explore four basic financial recommendations for Millennials. Find out why systematic savings, debt reduction and financial ...
  69. 5 Financial Lessons Before Paying for College

    It absolutely pays to look under every stone for scholarship money, and to have a plan in case scholarships don’t work out.
  70. How Did Andrew Carnegie Get Rich?

    Andrew Carnegie rose from poverty to become one of the world's wealthiest men and the creator of the first billion-dollar ...
  71. Finding Balance in Your Financial Partnerships

    Here are some thoughts on how to achieve financial equitability and personal balance in all relationships.
  72. Consider the Costs of Your Retirement Location

    Where you officially call home can make a difference in your retirement lifestyle, as it impacts your taxes and other cost ...
  73. Bill Gates Net Worth

    Today, Microsoft Corp. founder, Bill Gates is the world's richest man with a net worth of $81.3 billion.
  74. What If Obamacare Is Repealed?

    During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare. If, as president, he follows through, how will that affect ...
  75. Top 5 Books Every Young Investor Must Read

    Reading these respected books by finance legends will help you begin investing on the right foot.
  76. How to Navigate Social Security Claiming Changes

    A look at the changes to rules for claiming Social Security retirement benefits and what advisors need to consider to help ...
  77. How to Help Clients Harvest Tax Losses by Year End

    Here's how to help clients employ tax-loss harvesting to reduce their taxes before year end.
  78. 'Tis the Season to Donate Your Way to Lower Taxes

    Holiday season is the traditional time to donate to charity. Here are some ways to help maximize tax relief from charitable ...
  79. How Obamacare Can Be Repealed

    There are several ways that the Republican-led Congress and the next president can repeal Obamacare. Here's a look at possible ...
  80. 2017 COLA Adjustments: An Overview

    These are the key cost of living adjustments you need to know for 2017.
  81. ETF Liquidity: Why It Matters

    Lower levels of liquidity in exchange-traded funds make it harder to trade them profitably.
  82. Tax Issues Transitioning Service Members Should Know

    Transitioning military personnel and their families face significant impacts to their tax situation. Here are nine things ...
  83. Welcome to the New World of Reflation

    In the post-election markets, investors are preparing for the potential for higher growth—and inflation. Learn about the ...
  84. Look Beyond the Election When Reviewing Your Finances

    In a world of lower returns and complicated taxes, organizing our financial future will pay huge dividends in the long run. ...
  85. Best 3 Mortgage Calculator Websites for Canadian Residents

    Here's an overview of the key features of Canadian mortgages, and a few of the best online mortgage calculators for Canadian ...
  86. The Best "Buy to Let" Mortgage Calculator Websites

    Understand the features of a buy-to-let mortgage in the United Kingdom, and discover some of the best buy-to-let mortgage ...
  87. Building An All-ETF Portfolio

    Balance is the key when selecting an all-ETF portfolio that will hedge against market volatility.
  88. Why Advisors Should Take Podcasting Seriously

    Are you podcasting yet? If not, here are five business benefits of starting a podcast that may help to change your mind.
  89. Financial Success and Prosperity Starts Here

    Regardless of how much money you make, this is the key to achieving success and prosperity as you pursue the American Dream.
  90. Parents: Financial Planning Tips for You & Your Kids

    The financial decisions parents make every day become lessons that their children learn and will use in the future.
  91. What to Look for When Looking for Financial Advice

    Good financial advice is timeless and timely; it never goes out of style. Here's how to identify the best type of advice ...
  92. A State of the Union Review of Your Financial Plans

    Every year, the U.S. president does a holistic assessment of the country through a "State of the Union." Here's why your ...
  93. How to Make a Solid Annual Rebalancing Plan

    An annual portfolio rebalancing plan can preserve your original asset allocation and reduce risk while improving overall ...
  94. With Trump, Bond Bubble Is Out, Inflation Is In

    Trump promises to end an era of free trade and central bank hegemony.
  95. New Bank Account? Don't Be Without These 6 Features

    Certain banking features can make managing your finances easier, so it's important to choose carefully when opening a new ...
  96. Is there any way to opt out of paying Social Security?

    Understand more about the purpose of the Social Security system and learn which groups of taxpayers are automatically exempt ...
  97. Retirees Are Falling Short in This One Special Area

    Here's why many of the thousands of people retiring revery day are less prepared for retirement than ever before.
  98. 6 Tips For Renting An Apartment

    Find out what you can do to find a fabulous apartment to fit your budget.
  99. What to Know About the SEC's Third-Party Exam Rule

    The SEC has given a proposal to board members that calls to outsource the advisor exam process to a third party, but the ...
  100. How to Manage 529 Plans for Maximum Financial Aid

    Understand how different types of 529 plans affect financial aid, and you'll increase your possibility of getting funds.
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