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  1. 5 Safest Countries to Retire to in Latin America

    See which countries came out on top in the latest rankings – and which might appeal as a retirement destination.
  2. The Retiree Conundrum: ETFs or Mutual Funds?

    Choosing between ETFs and mutual funds depends on your knowledge of the stock and bond markets – and on how hands-on you ...
  3. Short-Sighted Retailers: Why Target is Losing the Retail Wars (TGT)

    Target has not invested enough in its long-term future, preferring instead to borrow ideas from other retailers.
  4. How Technology Is Quickly Disrupting the Insurance Industry

    As the insurance industry struggles to deal with the growing pains of a rapidly evolving tech-driven market, opportunities ...
  5. 8 Ways to Score a Cheap Flight

    Here are eight tips that will help you save money on your next airfare purchase.
  6. Alibaba Reaches Sales Milestone (BABA)

    Alibaba believes it has tons of roads left to travel and expects many more milestones to fall on its journey.
  7. Top Hacks to Protect Clients from Tax Scams

    There are many ways that clients can be victimized in today’s digital world, but there are also many ways to protect against ...
  8. Are We In a Baby Boomer Retirement Crisis?

    Data paints a gloomy picture for Baby Boomers and their retirement. So how bad is it? We take a look at the latest research. ...
  9. Difficult Client? Here's What's Really Ailing Them

    Maintaining a good working relationship with difficult clients might mean playing the role of therapist. Here's some help ...
  10. 65 or Older? Have Elective Surgery THIS Year

    This is the last year in which seniors only have to reach 7.5% of adjusted gross income before they can start deducting medical ...
  11. Landmark Partners: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about Landmark Partners, one of the oldest and most influential secondary market, private-equity real estate investment ...
  12. Why You Suddenly Can’t Buy Gift Cards

    Fraud liability falls on the party ill-equipped to handle consumers’ chip-and-pin cards. Merchants are scaling back gift ...
  13. Top 4 Mutual Fund Holders of Coca-Cola (KO, VTSMX)

    Discover the top four largest mutual fund holders of Coca-Cola shares, and determine if their investment strategy can help ...
  14. 5 Reasons to Update Your Living Will

    A living will protects you when you can't fully take care of yourself, but the details can be forgotten. Minds change, medicine ...
  15. Do You Have What it Takes to Be an Accredited Investor If the Rules Loosen?

    The definition of accredited investor may expand if the Senate backs the House and approves the Fair Investment Opportunities ...
  16. Healthcare Scams That Target Seniors

    Protect yourself (or family members) by being aware of these common healthcare snares – and learning how to fight back.
  17. Don’t Let These Overlooked Costs Ruin Your Retirement

    Blindly putting money aside will not optimize your retirement savings. Make sure you understand your position in relation ...
  18. Uber's Ultimate Battle: Are they App or Employer?

    Uber drivers, whose independent contractor status forms the cornerstone of the company's enormous valuation, are fighting ...
  19. Make It Legal When You Retire

    If you haven’t done your estate planning, named a power of attorney and considered your legacy, you still have some pre-retirement ...
  20. The Winners of 2016's Launch Festival

    Technology is revolutionizing the way we live and this year's 2016 Launch Festival winners give you a glimpse into what the ...
  21. Strategies for Protecting Your Income from Taxes

    Taxes are difficult to avoid, but there are many strategies you can find to help ward them off a bit. Here are a handful ...
  22. How to Save More in Taxes When Giving to Charity

    A good option for IRA owners looking to lower their adjusted gross incomes exists. Here's how the qualified charitable distribution ...
  23. Franklin Templeton’s Top Funds for Retirement

    These are Franklin Templeton's top mutual funds and ETFs for a diversified retirement portfolio.
  24. FPHAX: Overview of Fidelity Select Pharmaceuticals Fund

    Learn about the pharmaceutical industry, including the two main threats it faces in 2016 and an analysis of the Fidelity ...
  25. The 5 Highest Paid Executives in the Information Technology Sector (MSFT, ORCL)

    Discover the identity of the highest paid executives in the information technology sector, and how their successful and lucrative ...
  26. The 5 Highest Paid Executives in the Industrials Sector (GE, LMT)

    Learn which executives of the most successful and iconic companies in the industrials sector receive some of the highest ...
  27. The 3 Most Shorted Sectors in the S&P 500

    Discover why short sellers in the S&P 500 have been the most active in the energy, consumer discretionary and telecommunications ...
  28. Do This to Avoid Outliving Your Retirement Portfolio

    Many retirees put too much money into safety and don’t allow their portfolio to continue to grow. Here’s how to avoid outliving ...
  29. The Best Way to Help Your Parents Buy a Home

    If your are thinking of assisting your folks with a home purchase, be sure you understand the financial consequences before ...
  30. 3 Big Financial Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

    Here's how to avoid these three big and costly financial mistakes in 2016.
  31. Spotify Comes to Amazon Echo: Is This the End of Prime Music? (AMZN)

    Why has Amazon partnered with a competitor to stream music through its Echo speakers?
  32. Painful but Necessary: Wal-Mart's Plan to Avoid Becoming the Next Kmart & Sears (WMT, ...

    Wal-Mart has been making massive investments to avoid the problems that K-Mart and Sears faced.
  33. The 5 Highest Paid Executives in The Financial Sector (JPM, C)

    Learn who the highest paid executives in the financials sector are and how they became some of the most influential and powerful ...
  34. Inventory Valuation For Investors: FIFO And LIFO

    We go over these methods of calculating this component of the balance sheet, and how the choice affects the bottom line. ...
  35. 5 ATM Scams That Can Break The Bank

    Don't get scorched by ATM thieves who want to burn a hole in your wallet.
  36. More Pension Plans in the Deep Freeze

    A growing number of Fortune 500 companies have sent their defined-benefit pension plans to the deep freeze. What employees ...
  37. Amazon Dash Button: Convenience for a Price (AMZN)

    The Amazon Dash Button is a convenient but expensive way to reorder products. Frugal shoppers should stay away.
  38. Amazon is the New King of the Wal-Mart Effect (AMZN, WMT)

    Amazon.com Inc is taking over where Wal-Mart Stores Inc left off—crushing the competition until it is the leader in retail.
  39. Don't Miss These Tax Deductions

    Knowing the tax deductions you're entitled to can make or break your bank account. Do you know about all these insurance-related ...
  40. What Role Should Annuities Play in Retirement?

    Fixed annuities can provide income protection for those worried about outliving their assets. But don't buy a bigger policy ...
  41. The 5 Highest Paid Executives in the Healthcare Sector (AGN, PFE)

    Discover who the highest paid executives in the health care sector are and how much they make, while the cost of health care ...
  42. Oak Investment Partners: Investment Manager Highlight (ODP, DKS)

    Learn about the operations of Oak Investment Partners, a private equity firm with 13 venture capital funds invested primarily ...
  43. Tips for Maximizing Social Security, Medicare

    For pre-retirees, preparing for Social Security and Medicare can be complex. Here's how advisors can help.
  44. Market Sagging? How to Keep Retirement on Track

    Crafting a realistic retirement plan capable of weathering a volatile market for clients can be tough. Here are some tips ...
  45. Get Rich with These 7 Healthy Habits

    Getting rich is like getting fit. To achieve your goals, you must develop healthy long term habits. Here are 7 habits that ...
  46. Make $1 Million? Expect an Audit

    If you make $1 million or more, the IRS has its eyes on you. Here's what you can do about it.
  47. Cost-Push Inflation Versus Demand-Pull Inflation

    Gain a deeper understanding of aggregate supply and demand, forces which raise the price of goods and services.
  48. Why Millennial Savers Should Choose a Roth 401(k)

    A 401(k) is a valuable tool for building retirement wealth, but for Millennials the Roth option may make more sense than ...
  49. How Much is Donald Trump Really Worth?

    How much is Donald Trump really worth (and does it matter)?
  50. 4 Steps To Building A Profitable Portfolio

    This is a step-by-step approach to determining, achieving and maintaining optimal asset allocation.
  51. When It Pays to Join a Golf Club

    If you play enough golf, it might just be time to consider joining a golf club.
  52. Home-Equity Loans: What You Need To Know

    We shed light on why consumers decide to use this form of debt and whether it is a good alternative.
  53. 10 Reasons To Use Your Credit Card

    Charging purchases is not always a no-no. In fact, there are some very sound reasons for choosing this option.
  54. Should You Buy A House At Auction?

    The traditional real estate market isn't the only place to conduct your home search. Auctions also bring many buying opportunities. ...
  55. Did Your State Cut Unemployment Benefits?

    Many of the states now cutting back on unemployment benefits significantly under-funded their coffers prior to the Great ...
  56. Understanding Interest Rates, Inflation And Bonds

    Get to know the relationships that determine a bond's price and its payout.
  57. Here's How You Pay for Boomers’ Social Security

    Don't blame the Boomers for Social Security’s rumored demise by the time Gen X retires: The pay-as-you-go economic model ...
  58. Filling Out The W-9 Form

    Freelancers and independent contractors have to give a W-9 to their clients – and you might need to provide one for other ...
  59. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  60. 5 Companies Everyone Thought Were Destined for Failure

    For any groundbreaking idea to launch, entrepreneurs will face protectors of the status quo and others who doubt the possibility ...
  61. Neverending Lawsuits Line up in VW Emissions Case (VLKAY)

    The EPA is seeking billions in fines from VW for breaking emissions standards. Now, institutional investors are lining up ...
  62. Social Security Benefits for Children: How They Work

    There are millions of children in tough situations who receive Social Security benefits each month to help with finances. ...
  63. New Annuity Offers Healthcare Coverage

    Genworth has introduced an annuity for those who may not pass the underwriting guidelines for traditional long-term care ...
  64. Top 5 Ways to Reduce Your Taxable Income

    Reducing your taxable income is a great way to save money on the taxes you owe. Here are five ways to do it.
  65. Self Employed? Avoid These 3 Retirement Mistakes

    Having a strategy for retirement is particularly important when you're self-employed, as there are certain pitfalls you must ...
  66. 3 Benefits of a Successful Tender Offer: Cliffs Natural (CLF)

    Learn about the potential benefits that the debt tender offer by Cliffs Natural Resources had for the company's balance sheet ...
  67. Finding the Right Life Insurance

    Learn how to determine the type of life insurance you need and use our calculator to find out how much coverage you should ...
  68. Six Ways Your Tax Preparer Knows You're Lying

    An experienced tax preparer can usually sense when a customer is providing fraudulent information to them. Find out what ...
  69. Top Pension Systems in the World

    The U.S. and Canada aren't even close to the top in retiree pensions. Canada ranks 7th of 20 countries; the U.S.,14th.
  70. What Are the Different Parts of Medicare?

    At age 65, most people have to sign up for Medicare. Learn which of its four programs are mandatory – and which you can skip.
  71. How High Is a 'Good' Credit Score?

    How high of a credit score do you need to get a home mortgage or buy a car? Read on for some actual numbers.
  72. Why Millennial Women are Tuning into their Finances

    We take a closer look at sentiment among millennial women revealed some key differences when compared to millennial men and ...
  73. Credit Card Debt’s Up: 6 Ways to Eliminate Yours

    If you're part of the new higher credit card debt trend, here's how to get out from under – now.
  74. Feeling Taxed? What You Need to Know about Munis

    Find out why investors have any number of reasons to feel stressed, now that tax time is coming.
  75. The 10 U.S. Cities With the Most Vacant Homes

    Here is a look at ten U.S. cities that have the highest home vacancy rate. We examine the cause behind this problem.
  76. Tax Tips on Roth and Regular 401(k)s

    There are many ways to reduce your tax burden when saving for retirement. From converting to a Roth 401(k) to sticking with ...
  77. Chipotle Stock Dives on Loss Warning (CMG)

    Assuming some customers are willing to forgive the company, the embattled burrito chain may eventually be able to restore ...
  78. Life Insurance in Your 20s? Here's Why to Buy Now

    Just because 20-somethings feel invincible doesn't mean they don't need life insurance. Here's why purchasing a policy in ...
  79. Top Ways to Guard Against Financial Elder Abuse

    Financial elder abuse is rampant. Here are some steps that you and your family can take to help guard against financial scams ...
  80. Are Target Date Funds Right for Your 401(k) Plan?

    Target-date funds are a popular investment option in 401(k) plans. Are they always a good fit?
  81. HMOs: They're Back Under a New Name

    New style HMOs (aka ACOs) are cheaper and have shed some of the drawbacks of older versions. They're worth another look.
  82. eBay vs. DealDash: Comparing Auction Sites (EBAY, PYPL)

    Learn how the bidding process works at DealDash and eBay, and discover the potential pitfalls when making bids at these auction ...
  83. What Does the NCAA Really Net from March Madness?

    The NCAA rakes in a lot of money from the popular tournament known as March Madness, but it doesn’t go to the players. Who ...
  84. 5 Effective Home Gardening Tips to Increase Home Value

    Learn more ways to add value to your home with these gardening tips.
  85. 5 Retailers Set to Close More Stores in 2016 (FINL, GPS)

    Discover retail stores that have already announced plans to close stores in 2016. Some expect a new economic downturn, which ...
  86. Top 4 Reasons People Don’t Save Enough to Retire

    Whether big medical bills or student loan debt is keeping you from saving, getting back on track is critical for your future.
  87. 6 Countries to Visit with a Strong Dollar in 2016

    The dollar's value has increased substantially against other world currencies. That makes 2016 a great time to travel and ...
  88. Uber Has Spawned a Legion of Followers

    As Uber's popularity grows, more and more startups are following the ride-sharing app's business model.
  89. Li Ka-shing: Hong Kong's Richest Man

    The story of how Li Ka-shing rose to become one of the wealthiest men in Asia.
  90. Amazon Logistics Changing 'Competitive Landscape'

    Amazon's goal is to get products to the consumer as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
  91. Who Advisors Should Be Following on Twitter

    Twitter has become an important tool for financial advisors. By looking at some top Tweeters, advisors can improve their ...
  92. These 13 States Tax Your Social Security Benefits

    It may surprise many that Social Security benefits are taxed. The best way to not let it derail your tax situation is to ...
  93. Here's How to Duck a FINRA Slap on L Shares

    Regular and L-share annuity contracts come with back-end surrender charges that clients should know. Here's how to steer ...
  94. Raising Grandkids? Plan This Way for Retirement

    If you find yourself raising grandchildren, you need a plan for managing your finances so that your retirement doesn't get ...
  95. 3 Factors Driving Gold Prices Higher in 2016 (GLD)

    Find out how uncertainty, interest rates and inflation expectations drove gold prices higher in early 2016 and why analysts ...
  96. 3 Catalysts That Can Boost U.S. Equities (XLE)

    Find out how rebounding energy prices, deceleration of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes and improving economic data can ...
  97. 3 Common Financial Mistakes for Women to Avoid

    Find out why of more than 4,000 Americans, women are more likely than men to have no savings or investments.
  98. Ten Things That You Might Not Know Are Taxable

    When you file your taxes this year make sure that you have claimed all taxable income. Here are ten things that you might ...
  99. Student Debt Passes $1 Trillion: Is College Worth the Investment?

    As tuition rises faster than any other U.S. commodity in the past few decades, students explore alternative education options ...
  100. The High Cost of Crowdfunding

    Think your cause or venture will raise the money you need on a crowdfunding site? Read this before you sign up.
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