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  1. Act (Invest) Your Age

    It’s never too late to invest for retirement. Make the right decisions for where you're at.
  2. The Best Way To Build Your Retirement Portfolio

    Retirement means changing your investment goals from growing assets to generating income. Here's how.
  3. 6 Bad Home Renovations that Don't Add Much Value

    Before you begin any home renovations, make sure they will add to the value of your home. Here are six projects to absolutely ...
  4. Annuities: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

    Annuities suffer from a few perception problems. This primer that covers the good, the bad and the ugly of annuities.
  5. What Does an Ideal Retirement Portfolio Look Like?

    The "ideal" retirement portfolio can differ from one investor to another, but some themes hold true no matter what.
  6. In Your 20s and Have Extra Cash? Here's What to Do

    If you're lucky enough to have saved (or otherwise come across) some spare cash in your 20s, what's the best thing to do ...
  7. EXDAX: Overview of Top Manning & Napier Funds

    Learn about four mutual funds administered and managed by Manning & Napier that can help investors diversify their retirement ...
  8. How to Decide to Pay Down Debt vs. Invest

    You find yourself sitting on some cash—do you invest or pay down debt? The answer is different for everyone, so be sure to ...
  9. The Top 4 Credit Suisse Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Discover the top four Credit Suisse funds for retirement diversification in 2016, complete with a description of each fund ...
  10. Find a New Financial Advisor Who's Right for You

    It is a jolt when a long-time financial consultant leaves. Be sure not to make a snap decision.
  11. Financial Planning: It's About More Than Money

    Financial planning isn't just about the money. Find out where else to focus on.
  12. 8 Essential Four-Letter Words for Financial Health

    By embracing these four-letter words, you can take the steps necessary to improve your financial health.
  13. The World of College Rebate Programs

    College rebate programs like Upromise feature a few small drawbacks, but their benefits compounded over several years can ...
  14. Why is Deflation Bad for the Economy?

    Deflation can adversely affect the economy in significant ways.
  15. 5 Ways To Stretch Your Retirement Budget

    Stretch your retirement budget to live comfortably.
  16. Contributing to a Roth IRA Regardless of Income

    Savers of all income levels can get money into a Roth IRA, though there may be an extra step involved in the process.
  17. How Much Money Do You Need to Retire in Hawaii?

    The Aloha State remains an idyllic place to retire, but at what cost? From rent to cereal to gasoline, we look at the hidden ...
  18. Retire on 70% of Your Income? It Might Be Tough

    Before you're sure that 70% will be enough to support you in retirement, figure out what your life costs now and how it might ...
  19. Rainfall in Ethiopia and Other Stock Market Advice

    No one knows how events will impact financial markets. So what investment advice should you focus on? Start by considering ...
  20. The 4% Withdrawal Rule: One Size Fits All?

    The 4% rule for retirement withdrawals has been a staple in financial planning for over 20 years, but no rule of thumb or ...
  21. Beating the Gender Pay Gap for Women’s Retirement

    Women have a gender pay gap because they spend less time in the workforce and earn less than men. Here are 5 steps for sufficient ...
  22. Funding College: How to Perform a Sanity Check

    Summer is an ideal time for high school seniors and their parents to take a sanity check and make sure the chosen collegiate ...
  23. How Interest Rates Work On Car Loans

    Three big facts to know – and some numbers to crunch to get the best deal.
  24. Why You Should Have a Roth IRA

    The world of retirement savings plans is filled with options. Here are the reasons why you should consider a Roth IRA when ...
  25. Find Happiness By Altering Life Benchmarks

    Find out how to alter your aspirations and still meet your goals.
  26. Tax Tips For the Individual Investor

    Keep more of your money in your pocket with these seven guidelines.
  27. Ethical Issues For Financial Advisors

    Financial advisors may face ethical issues in their work. Find out what they are.
  28. Tax-Efficient Investing: Keep More Earned Money

    You can improve investment returns by applying year-round strategies to minimize your tax burden. Here are a few tips.
  29. Automating Your 401(k): The Robo-Advisor Blooom

    Blooom is a fairly recent entrant into the robo-advisor space, and it is focused on your 401(k). Here's a look at what it ...
  30. 3 Ways to Get Better Retirement Returns in the Next 20 Years

    With investment returns projected to decline over the next 20 years, savers may need to tweak their plans to ensure better ...
  31. Why Estate Planning Is Easier Than You Think

    When done properly, estate planning ensures that your beneficiaries receive your assets in a way that is controlled by you. ...
  32. Retirees Are About to Hit the Travel Jackpot

    Start planning now for big travel savings, coming soon, if you're retired and can fly whenever you want.
  33. Top 10 Stupid Retirement Tricks

    Drawing inspiration from former late night host David Letterman and his iconic lists, here are 10 things to avoid when crafting ...
  34. Mistakes to Avoid When You Own Life Insurance

    How to avoid some common mistakes that can cause tax and inheritance problems when you own life insurance.
  35. 4 Dishonest Broker Tactics And How To Avoid Them

    Protecting yourself from dishonest broker practices means knowing how to spot them.
  36. Using 529 Plans to Save for College

    Paying for college is no easy feat. Here is a lowdown on 529 plans, the educational savings plans that help families set ...
  37. Is Travel Insurance a Good Idea?

    Is travel insurance a good idea for your next vacation? This is a look at what policies may or may not cover and when it ...
  38. Why Clients Should Save More for Medical Expenses

    Here's how to approach clients to get them to save more toward medical expenses in retirement, which continue to grow.
  39. Captive Insurance: A Good Wealth Management Tool?

    Captive insurance companies are legitimate tax structures, but pose risks as tax shelters. Still, they can have financial ...
  40. Behind Johnson & Johnson's 91.5% Rise in 10 years (JNJ)

    Analyze Johnson & Johnson's historical stock price performance. Learn how equity valuations, operating fundamentals and health ...
  41. How a 401(k) Works After Retirement

    Find out how your 401(k) works after you retire, including when you are required to begin taking distributions and the tax ...
  42. Debt Forgiveness: Escape Your Student Loans

    There are income-based plans and forgiveness for public-service employees. The latest wrinkle: loan forgiveness because the ...
  43. How to Avoid the Hijacking of Your Credit Cards

    Arm yourself with these strategies on how to safely use your credit and debit cards, and protect yourself from fraud and ...
  44. What Makes An M&A Deal Work?

    Do you know why companies merge? Here we'll take a look at three successful company acquisitions and why they succeeded. ...
  45. How Your Tax Rate Is Determined

    Feel like the government always has its hand in your pocket? Learn the theory behind how it decides how much to take.
  46. Retiring in the Philippines? Try These Top Cities

    Four cities in different regions of the Philippines that offer a range of activities and settings, along with good healthcare ...
  47. 9 Different Ways To Find A New Job

    Make sure you're covering all your bases and you should have a new career in no time.
  48. Here Is Your Retirement Checklist

    Here is a retirement checklist that offers many things to think about, from ten years before retirement to just after yours ...
  49. 10 Signs You Are Not OK to Retire

    Carrying a lot of debt? Haven’t yet figured out a long-term financial plan? These are just two of the reasons you shouldn’t ...
  50. Why Saving 10% Won't Get You Through Retirement

    Retirement experts often tout the 10% rule: To have a good retirement, you must save 10% of your income. The truth is, most ...
  51. 9 States Where You'll Pay the Most in Taxes

    Which state you live in can mean thousands of dollars saved or lost in taxes each year. Here's a list of states to avoid ...
  52. How the Same Sex Marriage Decision Changed Things

    Here's how the financial lives of LGBT couples have been greatly simplified since the legalization of same-sex marriage.
  53. What to Learn from Millennials’ Distrust of Banks

    An examination of why Millennials distrust traditional financial services firms can help financial advisors adapt their ways ...
  54. How to Find a Financial Advisor You Can Trust

    Finding a financial advisor you can trust requires serious due diligence. You need to feel secure about the professional ...
  55. It's All Related: Interest, Mortgages, the Economy

    The article looks into the relationship between the economy, interest rates and mortgage rates.
  56. When Spouses Die, Who Gets Their Retirement Funds?

    You don't automatically get your spouse's IRA, 401(k) and other accounts when he or she dies. Here's how to plan so the right ...
  57. Build Your Wealth Like a Serial Entrepreneur

    Investing wisely is one way to build wealth, but serial entrepreneurs are rethinking the way they build their portfolios. ...
  58. Money Market Case Study: Breaking the Buck

    Discover when money market funds have broken the buck and lost money, and why it is less likely to ever happen again.
  59. Corporate Bond Basics: Learn to Invest

    Understand the basics of corporate bonds to increase your chances of positive returns.
  60. 5 Easiest Countries to get Citizenship to Retire

    Discover five of the countries that make it easiest for you to obtain citizenship and a second passport through residency, ...
  61. The Gold Standard Revisited

    Think the value of gold is unshakable? Read this chronicle of its rise and fall.
  62. Top 5 Shopping Apps of 2016

    Explore Goldman Sachs' list of the five best shopping apps and the basis for its call for $50 billion in sales to shift to ...
  63. Why the Financial Industry is Still Broken

    Most financial professionals are good people, but the U.S. financial system is set up in a way that doesn’t typically place ...
  64. Can I Retire Yet?

    Being able to retire depends on many variables as well as the spending and saving choices you make leading up to and once ...
  65. ABLE Accounts: An Overview

    ABLE accounts provide a new opportunity for clients and advisors to help those with special needs. Here’s what you need to ...
  66. How Interest Rates Affect The Stock Market

    Whether you're buying lunch, a home or a stock, you're influenced by interest rates.
  67. 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 ...
  68. 5 Iconic Airlines That No Longer Exist

    Learn the stories behind the disappearance of a number of formerly iconic airlines that no longer exist following financial ...
  69. Should You Borrow From Your Retirement Plan?

    It makes sense to dip into your savings in some cases, but you must be aware of the potential consequences.
  70. HSA vs. FSA: Navigating the Alphabet Soup

    HSA vs. FSA: Here's a cursory view of these two types of workplace savings accounts to help you make the proper decision ...
  71. Tesla's Got the Keys: A History of Its Success

    Tesla’s cars have catapulted the company into the spotlight as one of the few successful independent automakers.
  72. The Hidden Costs Of Home Ownership

    Mortgage lenders don't factor the extra costs into your loan amount. Make sure you save for the "little" things.
  73. Is Jessica Alba’s Company Worth $1B?

    As Jessica Alba is contemplating an exit strategy, which public companies may be the most likely suitors for The Honest Company, ...
  74. Why Gold Matters

    Gold is a very useful investment during periods of instability and high inflation.
  75. Financial Planning Tips for Infertility Treatments

    Infertility treatments can help couples realize their dreams—at a cost. Luckily, these five tips may reduce the price tag ...
  76. This Is How Retirees Live on $1 Million Dollars

    Learn how to use various strategies, including immediate annuities and traditional portfolio investing, to make $1 million ...
  77. How To Maximize Your Retirement Income

    Make sure you're maximizing your retirement savings with these strategies for those golden years ahead.
  78. Cash Advances: the Good and the Bad

    Understand who benefits most from cash advances – and when it might make sense to get one.
  79. Yes, You Can Make Money on Your Home Equity

    While it is not without risk, it is possible to use the equity in your home, especially if the mortgage is paid off, to invest ...
  80. The Best Alternatives to Payday Loans

    If you are short on cash a week or more before your next paycheck, you may consider taking out a so-called payday loan. There ...
  81. Peak Oil: What To Do When The Wells Run Dry

    Find out how to invest and protect your investments in this slippery sector.
  82. Adoption: How to Plan Financially for One

    Here are some tips to address the financial implications of adopting a child.
  83. What Determines Oil Prices?

    Changes in the price of oil aren't arbitrary. Read on to find out what moves them and why.
  84. Is $200,000 Enough to Retire in the Philippines?

    How long would $200,000 in savings last if you retired in the Philippines? Longer than in most countries, especially if you ...
  85. FPHAX: Mutual Fund to Invest in Pharmaceuticals by Fidelity

    Learn about the pharmaceutical industry, including the two main threats it faces in 2016 and an analysis of the Fidelity ...
  86. Should Retirees Take a Gamble on Leveraged ETFs?

    Leveraged ETFs offer the potential for big rewards, but retirees must weigh the risks before adding them to their portfolio. ...
  87. Two Roads: Debt or Financial Independence?

    A higher income won't make you richer – unless you learn to live on less.
  88. 3 Best Staycation Ideas for Seattle

    Discover ways to have an ideal staycation in Seattle, such as taking a bicycle tour of the city, and visiting the Pacific ...
  89. Bay Area Housing Market: Bubble or Not?

    Identify some of the common arguments for and against the presence of a housing bubble in 2016 in the Bay Area real estate ...
  90. 10 Best States to Own a Big House

    On top of the low property taxes and average housing costs, these states all tend to have great natural beauty and land worth ...
  91. Can Your Pension’s Cost-of-Living Clause Be Frozen?

    Recent events in New Jersey prove that relying on a pension alone to fund your retirement is risky. Make sure you have multiple ...
  92. Calculating Iran's Possible Credit Rating

    Iran's central bank deputy governor says the country could be in line to receive a credit rating. IMF economic data show ...
  93. How Millennials Can Save the World While Saving for Retirement

    If you are a millennial investor — or just think like one — you are likely to have some very different attitudes about investing ...
  94. 7 Tips Before Picking Mutual Funds for College Savings Plan

    Discover what factors should be considered to make the best choices for a 529 portfolio, and learn about how risk and age ...
  95. Simple Ways to Invest in Real Estate

    Owning property isn't always easy, but there are plenty of perks. Here are some ways to invest in real estate.
  96. Declare Your Own Financial Independence Day

    Financial independence is not easy, but it is there for the taking with hard work and careful planning.
  97. 3 Easy Ways to Value Real Estate Investments

    Investing in income-generating real estate involves market data and a degree of subjectivity.
  98. Find the Best Homeowners Insurance

    Don't wait for the next Hurricane Sandy or massive oil sands fire to find out if your homeowners insurance really protects ...
  99. The Downside of Spending Retirement Savings

    Thinking of borrowing or withdrawing funds from your nest egg to cover a financial emergency? You may want to find other ...
  100. Six Things Bad Financial Advisors Do

    So you've gone to the trouble and expense of hiring a financial advisor. Here's how to decide whether they're doing you right ...
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