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  1. An Estate Planning Must: Update Your Beneficiaries

    Life changes make it time to rewrite your plan's designations.
  2. Why It Pays To Be A Lazy Investor

    Be a couch potato! This passive, but diversified, investing strategy could be for you.
  3. 6 Reasons Why You NEED A Budget

    By now, you're probably sick of hearing the b word. Too bad. This is just of those financial lessons that cannot be preached ...
  4. 2009 Tax Credits: A Holiday Gift To Yourself

    Before you run out and buy gifts for others, make sure you give yourself a gift by wrapping up all the tax breaks you possibly ...
  5. 5 Careers That Thrive On The Holiday Season

    While you are spending, these careers are making big bucks.
  6. Retiring On Investment Interest: Can It Be Done?

    Spending investment interest in retirement can be a viable strategy, but it won't work for everyone.
  7. Is Biased Investing Holding You Back?

    Risk aversion seems to come to us naturally, preventing us from stepping into unfamiliar territory. But feeling comfortable ...
  8. 6 Simple Steps To $1 Million

    Becoming a millionaire is not as hard as you might think - it just takes time.
  9. Financial Mistakes That Could Haunt You Forever

    Learn from others and don't fall prey to these financial pitfalls.
  10. 10 Simple Steps To Financial Security Before 30

    Find out how to reach your long-term goals without becoming a tightwad.
  11. The Secret To Consistent Returns In Any Market

    Despite the market’s recent volatility, there are some investors who haven’t seen negative returns. Learn their secret.
  12. Lifetime Income Annuities: The Instant Pension Plan

    If you are looking for a retirement play with a guaranteed structure payout, lifetime income annuities could be the answer. ...
  13. Are You A Disciplined Investor?

    Don't let "financial porn" steer you away from a sensible, long-term approach to investing.
  14. Maxing Out Your 401(k): Does It Pay?

    In the long-term, many people will see the benefits of maxing out a 401(k) contribution. Is it right for you?
  15. 4 Retirement Reality Checks

    If you hope to enjoy a comfortable retirement, it's time to get real. Here are four cold, hard truths every soon-to-be retiree ...
  16. Live Longer, Retire Younger: Can You Do It?

    Use this vehicle to make sure your payout lasts as long as you do.
  17. Elliott Wave Theory

    Acquaint yourself with the principle built on the discovery that stock markets did not behave in a chaotic manner.
  18. Pinpointing The Perfect Retirement Destination

    Retirement planning is more than just packing your bags and sailing to paradise. Do your homework and enjoy the golden years. ...
  19. Variable Annuities: The Do-It-Yourself Pension Plan

    Variable annuities can cost more than mutual funds, but that might be worth the protection they can add to your retirement. ...
  20. Can You Count On Your Pension?

    We look at how to determine the health of your company's pension plan, and what to do if things are looking grim.
  21. Social Security - Are You Covered?

    If you aren't a U.S. citizen, even if you are a legal resident, you may be missing out on government programs.
  22. Stable Value Funds: Risk Less And Earn More

    Stable value funds can provide higher yields and lower risk.
  23. Mergers: The Sign Of Economic Recovery?

    Recent mergers by big players show economic optimism.
  24. 6 Financial Moves That Sound Good - But Aren't

    Have you weighed the consequences of your choices against their apparent benefits? In many cases, the answer is no.
  25. Retirement Savings Tips For 25- To 34-Year-Olds

    Keep saving when mortgages, marriages and debt demand your attention.
  26. Medicaid Vs. Long-Term Care Insurance

    These are not equal. Here's why you need to think twice before relying on the government-sponsored program.
  27. 401(k): An Accidental Solution To The Retirement Problem

    The 401(k) is often a poor substitute for the defined-benefit plans it replaced, but there are steps you can take to make ...
  28. 6 Ways To Make The Best Of Un-Retirement

    If you are coming out of retirement, here are six things you can do to maximize your extra years of work.
  29. Introduction To SIMPLE 401(k) Plans

    Learn about the features and benefits of the plan that is a cross between a SIMPLE IRA and a traditional 401(k) plan.
  30. Retirement Trends: Boomerang Parents

    With many people ill prepared for retirement, seniors are moving in with their kids.
  31. Target Strategies Often Miss The Mark

    Before jumping into a tailor-made asset allocation plan, do the research - it will add years to your financial health.
  32. 4 Unusual Ways To Boost Social Security Benefits

    Find out how to work the system to get the highest total benefits the law allows.
  33. When Your Employer Cuts Your 401(k) Match

    In hard times, companies may stop matching your 401(k) contribution, but there are ways to offset the hit.
  34. Variable Prepaid Forward Contract: Scam Or Safety Net?

    Top executives can benefit from this kind of contract, but is it at the expense of the shareholders?
  35. Refusing An Inheritance

    Contrary to popular belief, inheriting assets isn't always a good thing. Find out what to do if you want to disclaim them. ...
  36. Using Age-Based Funds In Your 401(k)

    If you prefer a "hands-off" approach to saving for retirement, target-date funds may be for you.
  37. Dollar-Cost Averaging Pays

    Get the most out of your mutual fund by using this simple but powerful strategy.
  38. What's The Minimum I Need To Retire?

    Make sure your golden years are golden, not merely a struggle for existence.
  39. Know The Rules For Roth 401(k) Rollovers

    Rolling a Roth 401(k) into a Roth IRA is usually the optimal thing to do.
  40. Attend Grad School For Free

    Securing funding for your education isn't always the easiest thing to do, but there are some ways to get assistance.
  41. A Look At The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

    For those who encounter this tax, it can be costly. Find out how to navigate this complicated tax arrangement.
  42. Retirement Lessons To Teach Your Children

    If your retirement plan hasn't worked out, at least your children can learn from your mistakes.
  43. Transfer Retirement Savings When You Change Jobs

    Half of Americans lose their nest eggs when they switch careers. Learn why you should avoid this trap.
  44. On This Day In Finance: July 21 - WorldCom Files For Bankruptcy

    At one time the second largest long distance phone company in the U.S., WorldCom was forced to file for bankruptcy on July ...
  45. Business Owners: Avoid Enron-esque Retirement Plans

    If your business administers a retirement plan, you should recognize what's at stake.
  46. Subaccounts: As Good Their Clone Funds?

    Variable annuity subaccounts are virtual clones of mutual funds but they have their own CUSIP number and their historical ...
  47. You CAN Retire In A Recession

    Just because you receive your gold watch during a recession, doesn't mean you can't retire on time.
  48. Write Covered Calls To Increase Your IRA Income

    Covered calls may require more attention than bonds or mutual funds, but the payoffs can be worth the trouble.
  49. 4 Wealth-Building Secrets

    Protect what you have while shifting risk is the motto of the rich. Find out how a life insurance policy can help you do ...
  50. Funding Your Retirement Is No Joke

    Saving for your golden years is an important goal, especially since so many Americans don't save a penny.
  51. 3 Things To Get In Order Before You Die

    In the aftermath of the Jackson death, it has become evident that you need to make your wishes known.
  52. Helping Your Clients Face The Financial Reality Of Retirement

    Altering retirement plans is tough, but when the retiree is unprepared, it's very necessary.
  53. Your Retirement Saviour: Entertainment

    Put down those brokerage statements and pick up a Nintendo Wii handset.
  54. Turnover Ratios Weak Indicator Of Fund Quality

    This indicator is not as important as some investors might think.
  55. 6 Millionaire Traits That You Can Adopt

    The most successful people have more in common than just money. Find out what you can learn.
  56. Employee Benefits: How To Know What To Choose

    Starting a new job is stressful but you don't need to sweat about setting up a benefits package.
  57. Is The Supreme Court Ruining Your Retirement?

    Your actions may make the difference between a cushy retirement and taking a part-time job when you're 70.
  58. Should You File For Bankruptcy?

    Find out how to determine whether this option will help or hurt your financial situation.
  59. Voluntary 401(k) Contributions: A Thing Of The Past?

    Contributing to your retirement plan may no longer be voluntary, but automatic enrollment has a number of benefits.
  60. The Bright Side Of The Credit Crisis

    Find out how this tough economic period can be a learning experience for all.
  61. Cut Wasteful Spending For A Rich Retirement

    Diverting cash away from unnecessary frills and into investments can mean the difference between retiring rich, or not retiring ...
  62. Designating A Minor As An IRA Beneficiary

    Leaving liquid assets like cash or securities to minors can be a complicated procedure. Make sure you understand how your ...
  63. 10 Last-Minute Retirement Tips

    The months leading up to your retirement can be the most crucial in terms of planning. Review your insurance, make a budget ...
  64. Losing Your Job: From A To Z

    Job loss can be devastating. Learn how to anticipate it and quickly get back on your feet.
  65. 5 Ways To Lose Your Retirement Nest Egg

    These common mistakes can put your savings at risk. Find out how to avoid them.
  66. How To Lay Off Staff

    Firing employees isn't easy, but it is simple: be honest, be compassionate and be quick
  67. Net Worth Nosedive: Can You Still Retire?

    If a dip in the economy has you worried about retirement, you still have options.
  68. Segregated Funds: Investment Protection For Canadian Citizens

    These funds contain the best of all worlds, providing opportunities for market growth with a no-loss guarantee.
  69. Collateralized Debt Obligations: From Boon To Burden

    CDOs were to be Wall Street's boon - instead they went bust. Find out what went wrong.
  70. Tough Times: Should You Dip Into Your Qualified Plan?

    401(k)s, pensions and profit-sharing plans can be a source of cash, but there are consequences to this option.
  71. Choosing The Right Retirement Destination

    Retire in a place that fits your plans for post-work living.
  72. 401(k) Predators: Don't Become Prey

    Be leery of "free" financial education sessions - the providers may not be working in your best interest.
  73. An Introduction To The Roth 401(k)

    The money that you earn today is taxed today, making tax-free retirement withdrawals a reality.
  74. Analyzing IRA And ESA Statements

    Learn how to read and verify 5498 and 5498-ESA reporting your retirement-account contributions.
  75. Common Risks That Can Ruin Your Retirement

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  76. The Demise Of The Defined-Benefit Plan

    Experts are making bleak predictions for your post-work years. Be prepared and plan for your future.
  77. Run Your Personal Finances Like A Business

    The principles that contribute to success in business can also help you achieve your financial goals.
  78. 5 Things To Consider Before Late-In-Life Marriage

    Waiting to marry has become the norm, but do you know what to consider before saying "I do"?
  79. Invest In Your Education With An RESP

    All Canadians should know the benefits of these flexible education savings plans.
  80. Boomers: Twisting The Retirement Mindset

    This generation must take a whole new approach to post-work planning.
  81. Making Spousal IRA Contributions

    Eligibility requirements, contribution limits and tax deductions all change with one little ring.
  82. 6 Ways To Maximize The Value Of Your 401(k)

    From matching employer contributions to proper asset allocation, we'll tell you how to get the most out of your plan.
  83. Capital Gains Tax Cuts For Middle Income Investors

    Find out how TIPRA plans to slash taxes for those in the 10-15% tax bracket.
  84. The Gatekeepers: Consultants Hold The Key

    Institutional investment consultants help match up asset managers with large institutions.
  85. Bear Spray For Your 401(k)

    You can defend your retirement savings from the ravages of a bear market. We'll show you how.
  86. Recharacterizing Your IRA Contribution Or Roth Conversion

    Learn why you might make such a transaction and find out how to calculate how it will affect you.
  87. A Look At IRA Separate Accounting Rules

    If you are a younger multiple beneficiary, make sure you understand the RMD regulations.
  88. 4 IRA Changes That Encourage Savings

    Find out what's new in the world of IRAs and how you can get more bang for your buck.
  89. Top 6 Myths About Social Security Benefits

    Misinformation on retirement benefits is common. We'll set the record straight.
  90. Retiring Early: How Long Should You Wait?

    Maximize your Social Security benefits by choosing when you retire.
  91. A Closer Look At The Roth 401(k)

    Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of this new investment account and see if it's right for you.
  92. Sometimes It Pays To Borrow From Your 401(k)

    401(k) loans have been demonized, but they're often the most beneficial source of cash.
  93. Did Your Roth IRA Conversion Pass or Fail?

    If you are moving assets from a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, you need to know the associated tax rules.
  94. Must-Know Rules For Converting A 401(k) To A Roth

    In 2008, the IRS spelled out the details for converting employer-plan funds directly to Roth IRAs.
  95. Thrift Savings Plan Helps Federal Workers Retire

    The TSP is key component of retirement savings for U.S. government workers and members of uniformed services.
  96. New Option For Beneficiaries: Reversionary Annuities

    This vehicle can provide survivors with guaranteed income and lower premiums.
  97. Maxing Out Your RRSP (Canadian)

    Increasing your savings will provide tax benefits - and peace of mind.
  98. Burdening Your Retirement With A Mortgage

    Carrying this debt can have benefits if done correctly, but is it worth the risk?
  99. What's Your Net Worth Telling You?

    Net worth provides a road map for retirement - learn if you're headed in the right direction.
  100. Plans The Small-Business Owner Can Establish

    Don't hesitate to adopt a smart plan for you and your employees.
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