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  1. Protect Yourself From Identity Theft With These Steps

    It's hard to completely prevent thieves from committing fraud in your name, but there are ways to make it much more difficult ...
  2. Let’s Retire Retirement

    At a recent BlackRock Retirement Roundtable, we discussed the different ways that our current concept of “retirement" is ...
  3. Can Retirees Live in Military Housing?

    If you are retired from the armed forces but still want to live in military housing, you may be in luck.
  4. Top Bachelor Degree For A Hedgefund Career

    From economics to statistic analysis, certain bachelor's degrees make graduates more qualified for landing highly sought ...
  5. Don't Retire Poor: Avoid These 4 Mistakes

    If you don't want to retire poor, be sure to avoid these four mistakes.
  6. Work for the Government? Top Retirement Strategies

    Government employees don't receive Social Security and 401(k)s for their government work. Learn about other tools to plan ...
  7. 5 Steps to Building Your Financial Wisdom

    Financial wisdom is not about how much money you have, it's about how you've learned to manage your prosperity. Here are ...
  8. 5 Best Cruise Lines for a Recent Retiree

    The best cruise lines plan everything for you – the food, the entertainment and the itinerary. But pick a line with a compatible ...
  9. The Financial Risks of Dementia in Retirement

    The cost of dementia treatment and care should be one of the many things factored into a retirement plan.
  10. Does A Mortgage Make Sense If You're In Your 20s?

    You're probably moving a lot and still paying off your student loans. Is it crazy to get a mortgage in your 20s? Here's how ...
  11. Yes, You Can Manage Your Own Retirement!

    Discover how to get started planning for and managing your retirement by making simple, deliberate steps towards financial ...
  12. You Should Factor Time Into Financial Planning

    Here's how you could use your time differently to bring in more revenue, improve the relationships in your life or change ...
  13. 6 Easy Tips for Improving Your Blog's Headlines

    Advisors write great content for their websites or blogs...but saddle them with dull headlines. Here's how to make sure your ...
  14. Will Bond Fund Returns Suffer if Interest Rates Rise?

    When the Fed decides to raise interest rates again, bond fund returns could suffer in the short term. But some say the impact ...
  15. What's a Tax-Efficient Investment for a Large Sum?

    Here's how to invest a large sum, such as assets from a profit-sharing plan, with a mind toward tax efficiency.
  16. 3 Simple Steps To Building Wealth

    Getting richer is easier if you take it one step at a time.
  17. 5 Signs You're Spending Too Much in Retirement

    You're finally retired – free to have all the adventures you've dreamed of. Just be sure you have a budget and watch for ...
  18. 3 Signs You Have Retirement Disillusionment

    Everyone has an idea about what their retirement will look like but often the reality is far from the expectations.
  19. Why Clinton and Trump Aren't Talking About the Retirement Crisis

    Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have stayed silent on voters' top economic worry. Here's why:
  20. 7 Steps To Selling Your Small Business

    Money in the bank and newfound free time make this grueling process worth the trouble.
  21. The Purpose of Having a Social Security Number

    When (and why) it is necessary to use the nine-digit number the United States government issues to individuals and when you ...
  22. How Much Millennials Need to Save for Retirement

    Millennials may not be worrying about retirement just yet, but they should be thinking about how much they'll need to save ...
  23. Stock Picking: Make it Work for Your Portfolio

    Successful stock picking requires lots of factors, but there's one that hovers above everything else.
  24. Know How a Reverse Mortgages Work?

    The basics of getting a reverse mortgage, with detailed information on how to qualify and what to watch out for.
  25. Tips for Parents Who Are Struggling Financially

    Here are some tips on how parents can find help if they're cash-strapped and looking for financial and tax guidance.
  26. Can I Retire In Portugal With $200,000 of Savings?

    Your savings (and your Social Security) will go surprisingly far on the sun-soaked shores of Portugal. Here's how to figure ...
  27. 7 Real-Life Ways To Become A Billionaire

    Find out which paths the majority of billionaires followed, and how they got there.
  28. Comparing 15-Year and 30-Year Mortgages

    Many buyers default to the 30-year mortgage simply because it's the norm. Before you sign, consider all the arguments for ...
  29. Estate Planning for Beginners, Part Two

    If you die without a will, what happens to your assets? Here's how the state you live in can determine who will inherit your ...
  30. Do You Need A Home Warranty?

    A home warranty may sound like a great form of protection against expensive, unforeseen home repairs. But is it worth it? ...
  31. It's Time for Your Annual Medicare Check Up

    The annual enrollment period for Medicare is about to start. Taking the time to examine your options around this time each ...
  32. The Path to Setting Financial Goals for Your Future

    To live comfortably now and in retirement, setting financial goals for the short-, mid- and long-term is crucial. Here are ...
  33. When Is Rent Guarantee Insurance a Good Idea?

    Prospective renters are turning to rent guarantee insurance to boost their chances of getting approved by a landlord or management ...
  34. Selling Your House? Avoid These Mistakes

    Don't put the sale of your home at risk by committing one of these dirty deeds.
  35. Is House Price or Interest Rate More Important?

    Deciding which factor is more important can make a difference in monthly payments, ability to move and Homowner's Association ...
  36. Bad Credit? You Can Still Get a Home Equity Loan

    If your credit history is less than stellar and you need cash, you may be able to get financing – but it will come at a price.
  37. Breaking Down Medicare Open Enrollment for Clients

    For financial advisors, open enrollment is an important opportunity to be of service to clients, especially when it comes ...
  38. How Baby Boomers are Pushing ETF Growth

    A new report reveals that Baby Boomers are the generation most interested in ETFs, the growth of which continues to mushroom. ...
  39. Home Sale Contingencies: What Buyers And Sellers Need To Know

    Home sale contingencies protect buyers who want to sell one home before purchasing another. Find out what buyers and sellers ...
  40. What You Need to Know About Medicare Open Enrollment

    Successfully navigating the Medicare Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 to Dec. 7) means understanding the rules to avoid potentially ...
  41. CDOs and the Mortgage Market

    These structured products contribute to keeping borrowing rates low.
  42. How the Federal Reserve Affects Your Mortgage

    The Federal Reserve can impact the cost of funds for banks and consequently for mortgage borrowers when maintaining economic ...
  43. How to Retire on a Cruise Ship with Less Than $1 Million

    Cruising the high seas permanently in retirement doesn't necessarily require a million-dollar nest egg.
  44. Four 401(k) Benefits You Should Take Advantage Of

    If you’re saving for retirement through your employer, there are certain 401(k) benefits that can make planning for retirement ...
  45. The 4 Essential Elements of a Retirement Plan

    Learn about the four essential elements of an effective retirement plan, including maximizing your contributions and understanding ...
  46. Use These 7 Tips to Save on Dec./Jan. Holiday Flights

    Here's how to save money on holiday travel by picking the cheapest flight times and destinations - and taking advantage of ...
  47. How a Roth IRA Works After Retirement

    What retirees need to know about taxes, distributions and passing on your unspent savings to the next generation.
  48. Healthcare Documents You Need In Place Right Now

    If you become incapacitated, here are some documents that should be in place to say who is authorized to speak on your behalf.
  49. The Best Life Insurance for Military Families

    Two of the most common types of life insurance are term and whole life. Here's why the latter isn't a good idea for most ...
  50. 3 Crucial Tips for Living Within Your Means

    Looking to live within your means? Here are three tips to get you started.
  51. How to Help Clients Reduce Student Loan Debt

    Student loans can keep clients from financial goals such as saving for retirement. Here's how advisors can help their clients ...
  52. Long-Term Care Expenses: What You Should Know

    Being prepared for long-term care is a critical element of financial planning. Here's what it costs.
  53. Surprise! The Best Long-term Bond Investment May Be Savings Bonds

    A 20-year Series EE savings bond pays more interest than a 20-year Treasury bond. So are government-issued long-term bonds ...
  54. Are High 401(k) Fees Putting Your Retirement At Risk?

    Research shows that most people don't know they are paying any fees in their 401(k) plan. These fees can eat away at investments.
  55. How to Go High-Profile with Your Advisory Firm's Website

    Here's what you can do to turn your website into a high profile one and generate a larger volume of traffic.
  56. Female Breadwinners: Outsource the Necessities

    How might hiring help for household chores and other pieces of your daily routine reduce stress and increase happiness for ...
  57. Teachers: Get Schooled on Your Retirement Strategies

    If you're a teacher, you have unique circumstances when it comes to planning for a successful retirement. It's important ...
  58. Managing Personal Finances: Your Annual Self-Check

    Taking a step back and assessing your personal finances each year can show how well you're doing with saving and what's needed ...
  59. Health Savings Accounts: What You Need to Know

    The the popularity of Health Savings Accounts is on the rise. Here's how they work.
  60. Advisors: Yes, Wealthy Investors Are Reading Your Blogs

    Advisors who don’t blog are missing out on connecting with current or potential clients, especially high net worth ones. ...
  61. Top Tips For Successfully Renting Out Your Home

    Renting out your home can be a great way to ride out a real estate slump - if you do it right.
  62. Retirement Investment Strategies by Age

    Saving and investing for retirement ideally should begin the moment you start working — if not before — and continue well ...
  63. 4 Key Factors That Drive The Real Estate Market

    Whether you are investing directly or indirectly in property, you need to know the factors that affect its value.
  64. How to Keep Life Insurance Costs Down

    Curbing all costs and expenses is a priority for most people and buying life insurance is no different. Here's how to go ...
  65. How to Keep Accounts Safe From Cyber Criminals

    With the advancement of financial technology online comes the risk of criminals who try to hack your accounts. Here's how ...
  66. What Are The Pros and Cons Of A 15-Year Mortgage?

    The shorter term, and higher monthly payment, are only part of the picture.
  67. Americans' Biggest Retirement Fear: Outliving Money

    No matter how strong your retirement plan may be, longevity risk - the fear of outliving your money - is real. How are Americans ...
  68. How an Opt-In Box Can Grow Your Email List

    Email is powerful for communicating with your financial advisory clients and nurturing prospects. Here are some tips on how ...
  69. Start a Side Gig for Extra Cash and Fulfillment

    Have you ever thought about getting a second job? Another income source can add a lot to your life. Here's how to get started ...
  70. Retirees: 7 Lessons from 2008 for the Next Crisis

    When the last big market crisis hit, many retirees ran to the sidelines. Next time, there are better ways to manage your ...
  71. Taking Your Personal Financial Inventory

    Taking a step back and assessing your personal finances each year can show how well you're doing with saving and what's needed ...
  72. Too Much Debt For a Mortgage?

    Just because a lender is willing to offer you a loan doesn't mean you should take it.
  73. Top 5 Most Expensive Superyachts in the World

    Want to know what the world's most expensive private yachts are like? Here's a list of the five largest superyachts on the ...
  74. It's Not Just Trump: Meet the HINTs (High Income, No Taxes)

    Donald Trump may be the most flamboyant example, but so many affluent Americans don't pay taxes that the IRS even has a nickname ...
  75. 10 Ways to Save Your Retirement: It's Not Too Late

    It's not too late to start saving for your retirement, even if you took longer to start thinking about it and doing something ...
  76. 9 Businesses That Thrive In Recession

    Some companies improve their bottom line as many people make more conservative decisions with money during a recession.
  77. Financial Independence Is More Than Just A Number

    Managing financial independence is not a set-it-and-forget-it thing. Maintaining a balance between lifestyle and your financial ...
  78. 3 Secrets Of Successful Companies

    Make smart investments by spotting up-and-coming success stories early.
  79. Start Your Financial Plan by Talking About Money

    The ability to take control of your financial life and determine what wealth means to you begin with a simple conversation.
  80. What Not To Say In A Job Interview

    Don't let your nerves get the best of you during a job interview, and avoid these major flubs.
  81. 5 Tough Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

    Don't get caught unprepared when your prospective employer throws these questions at you in the interview.
  82. Tax Deductions on Mortgage Interest

    If you're a homeowner, this is one item you want to understand and use on your return.
  83. Don't Get Scammed by Fake IRS Phone Calls

    There's been an increase in fraudulent phone calls and emails from people pretending to be the IRS. Here's how to know if ...
  84. Estate Planning for Beginners, Part One

    Where do you start with estate planning? Here's a helpful outline to make sure your assets go where you want them to in the ...
  85. Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using A Mortgage Broker

    Mortgage brokers may be able to find you the loan of your dreams, but you should consider the potential downsides before ...
  86. Ten Social Security Questions Everyone Asks

    The average American doesn’t know enough about Social Security. Here are answers to 10 of the more common questions people ...
  87. What Is and Isn't Covered by Homeowners Insurance

    Understanding what your insurance covers can be confusing. Learn what almost all insurance policies have in common so you're ...
  88. Merrill Drops Commission Retirement Offerings

    In the wake of the fiduciary rule, Merrill Lynch is dropping commission-based transactions from all of its retirement accounts.
  89. Fee-Only Financial Advisors: What You Need to Know

    Are you considering hiring a fee-only financial advisor or one who is compensated via commissions? Read this first.
  90. Get Connected to the Mainstreaming of Renewable Power

    Amid growing investor interest in real assets, let's talk about the changing global energy landscape, highlighting the investment ...
  91. Top Tips for Retirement Account Withdrawals

    Top things you need to know when it comes to managing the complex task of retirement account withdrawals.
  92. How to Help Women Who Are Single in Retirement

    The majority of women over the age of 65 are single. Here are five ways advisors can help these clients prepare for and manage ...
  93. Social Security Tips for Divorced Retirees

    These tips will help divorced retirees navigate recent changes to the laws covering Social Security benefits.
  94. How to Make Your Own Retirement Fund

    Making sure you have a large enough nest egg to retire on is a challenge. Here's how to accomplish the task, one step at ...
  95. How to Make Your Car Less of an Expense

    The cost of a car can be a sinkhole for your money. Here are a few ways to save money when you're buying your next car.
  96. 529 Plans: Your Most Pressing Questions Answered

    When parents start preparing for college costs, here are the most commonly asked questions about 529 plans.
  97. Adding Personal Finance to Your Kids' Curriculum

    As a parent, you can help your child be smart about finance by teaching them a few core principles. Here are the basics that ...
  98. Best Possible Retirement: 4 Things You Can Control

    You can't control the economy or the stock market, but you can time 4 crucial moves that will make a big difference to your ...
  99. 9 Top Tips on How to Retire Like the Rich

    What can you learn from the wealthiest investors when it comes to saving for retirement? Here are their top tips.
  100. Why Bonds May No Longer Be Able to Save Stocks

    Historically low bond yields have helped boost stocks in recent years. We discuss why this may no longer be enough.
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