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  • How to negotiate a summer vacation rental

    How to negotiate a summer vacation rental

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-05-22 13:33:20 GMT

    Just because travel agents and middlemen are being squeezed out does not mean that you are getting the best deal possible.

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    Just because travel agents and middlemen are being squeezed out does not mean that you are getting the best deal possible.

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  • Higher Credit Scores Needed For Home Purchase

    Higher Credit Scores Needed For Home Purchase

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 4:10 AM EDT2018-05-22 08:10:10 GMT
    Welcome to the 2018 home-buying market. Rising demand and an extremely tight supply of homes, especially in the critical starter-home market, make it difficult to realize your goal of home ownership. In this...More >>
    Welcome to the 2018 home-buying market. Rising demand and an extremely tight supply of homes, especially in the critical starter-home market, make it difficult to realize your goal of home ownership. In this buyer's...More >>
  • More Than Half Of Retirees Would Return To Work Under The Right Conditions

    More Than Half Of Retirees Would Return To Work Under The Right Conditions

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-05-22 02:10:01 GMT
    Are you planning to work in retirement? If so, is it because you need money? The recent American Working Conditions Survey (AWCS) from the Rand Corporation think tank suggests another reason – you want to be there....More >>
    Are you planning to work in retirement? If so, is it because you need money? The recent American Working Conditions Survey (AWCS) from the Rand Corporation think tank suggests another reason – you want to be there. A Rand...More >>
  • More Homebuyers Stretching To Buy

    More Homebuyers Stretching To Buy

    Saturday, May 19 2018 4:08 AM EDT2018-05-19 08:08:45 GMT
    It's difficult to purchase a home in a buyer's market – and 2018 certainly meets that standard. Pent-up demand and an extreme shortage of homes have led to a rapid increase in prices that outpaces recent...More >>
    It's difficult to purchase a home in a buyer's market – and 2018 certainly meets that standard. Pent-up demand and an extreme shortage of homes have led to a rapid increase in prices that outpaces recent wage gains....More >>
  • New Tax Laws Should Lower Your Audit Odds

    New Tax Laws Should Lower Your Audit Odds

    Friday, May 18 2018 10:08 PM EDT2018-05-19 02:08:39 GMT
    The recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) represents one of the biggest changes to the tax code in many years. Will the Internal Revenue Service be up to the challenge of enforcing these changes? For the last five...More >>
    The recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) represents one of the biggest changes to the tax code in many years. Will the Internal Revenue Service be up to the challenge of enforcing these changes? For the last five years, the...More >>
  • 6 tips to improve your home purchase offer

    6 tips to improve your home purchase offer

    Friday, May 18 2018 8:23 AM EDT2018-05-18 12:23:46 GMT
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    Are you looking to buy a home in the current seller's market? We'd wish you good luck, but making a standout offer on a home requires more preparation than luck.

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    Are you looking to buy a home in the current seller's market? We'd wish you good luck, but making a standout offer on a home requires more preparation than luck.

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  • Who Lives At Home?

    Who Lives At Home?

    Friday, May 18 2018 4:08 AM EDT2018-05-18 08:08:17 GMT
    We know the stereotype of the unmotivated millennial, living at home with their parents without any long-term plan or concern about their situation. Is that a fair representation? Do millennials disproportionately...More >>
    We know the stereotype of the unmotivated millennial, living at home with their parents without any long-term plan or concern about their situation. Is that a fair representation? Do millennials disproportionately live with...More >>
  • Nine Steps For Women To Improve Their Retirement Outlook

    Nine Steps For Women To Improve Their Retirement Outlook

    Thursday, May 17 2018 10:08 PM EDT2018-05-18 02:08:11 GMT
    Women often face greater financial challenges than men in retirement. Lower average salaries and fewer working years make it difficult for women to achieve suitable nest eggs. Results from the recent Transamerica...More >>
    Women often face greater financial challenges than men in retirement. Lower average salaries and fewer working years make it difficult for women to achieve suitable nest eggs. Results from the recent Transamerica Retirement...More >>
  • Only 37% of millennials have a retirement account

    Only 37% of millennials have a retirement account

    Thursday, May 17 2018 10:35 AM EDT2018-05-17 14:35:30 GMT
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    Who's thinking about retirement when they're young? Retirement accounts are typically not a priority for young workers – but they should be.

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    Who's thinking about retirement when they're young? Retirement accounts are typically not a priority for young workers – but they should be.

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  • Millions Of Americans Using Outdated Credit Cards

    Millions Of Americans Using Outdated Credit Cards

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 10:06 PM EDT2018-05-17 02:06:28 GMT
    Are you satisfied with your credit cards? If so, are you convinced that your current card best fits your needs – or have you never considered other options? Whatever the reason, many Americans tend to stay with...More >>
    Are you satisfied with your credit cards? If so, are you convinced that your current card best fits your needs – or have you never considered other options? Whatever the reason, many Americans tend to stay with their...More >>
  • Card balances drop while consumer credit growth slows

    Card balances drop while consumer credit growth slows

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 9:24 AM EDT2018-05-16 13:24:43 GMT
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    A new government report provides both good news and bad news about America's massive consumer debt load

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    A new government report provides both good news and bad news about America's massive consumer debt load

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  • Seniors racking up debt

    Seniors racking up debt

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 10:01 AM EDT2018-05-15 14:01:13 GMT
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    You've saved for retirement and built up a sizable nest egg. However, you forgot to consider one factor – excessive debt as you approach retirement. Too many seniors are facing that grim scenario.

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    You've saved for retirement and built up a sizable nest egg. However, you forgot to consider one factor – excessive debt as you approach retirement. Too many seniors are facing that grim scenario.

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  • Supplemental transition accounts for retirement – STARTs 101

    Supplemental transition accounts for retirement – STARTs 101

    Monday, May 14 2018 9:02 AM EDT2018-05-14 13:02:47 GMT
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    Let's face it: Americans are woefully unprepared for retirement

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    Let's face it: Americans are woefully unprepared for retirement

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  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Latest Credit Card Report

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Latest Credit Card Report

    Friday, May 11 2018 10:04 PM EDT2018-05-12 02:04:27 GMT
    President Trump promised changes in Washington upon his election. Whether you are a Trump fan or foe, there's no question he's succeeded in that goal. Sometimes the change is precipitated by the...More >>
    President Trump promised changes in Washington upon his election. Whether you are a Trump fan or foe, there's no question he's succeeded in that goal. Sometimes the change is precipitated by the President's...More >>
  • Retirement confidence is increasing - but should it be?

    Retirement confidence is increasing - but should it be?

    Thursday, May 10 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-05-10 13:53:59 GMT
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    Is the rising stock market giving workers confidence that they will have enough money to live comfortably in their retirement years?

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    Is the rising stock market giving workers confidence that they will have enough money to live comfortably in their retirement years?

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  • Student loan delinquencies increase

    Student loan delinquencies increase

    Thursday, May 10 2018 9:34 AM EDT2018-05-10 13:34:52 GMT
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    How bad is America's student loan situation? Worse than you might think...

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    How bad is America's student loan situation? Worse than you might think...

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  • 25 million Americans left behind retirement savings when changing jobs

    25 million Americans left behind retirement savings when changing jobs

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-05-09 13:14:54 GMT
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    What happens to your employer-based 401(k) account when you leave a job? That's for you to decide – and if you make no decision, you may end up losing hard-earned benefits. 

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    What happens to your employer-based 401(k) account when you leave a job? That's for you to decide – and if you make no decision, you may end up losing hard-earned benefits. 

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  • Synthetic-identity fraud

    Synthetic-identity fraud

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 10:02 AM EDT2018-05-08 14:02:03 GMT
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    As defensive tactics against identity theft increase, criminals are shifting toward a new tactic synthetic-identity fraud

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    As defensive tactics against identity theft increase, criminals are shifting toward a new tactic synthetic-identity fraud

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  • How single people afford homes

    How single people afford homes

    Monday, May 7 2018 10:06 AM EDT2018-05-07 14:06:46 GMT
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    Home ownership is a fulfilling but difficult goal. The challenges of being single can make it even more difficult to find an affordable home to buy – especially for single women

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    Home ownership is a fulfilling but difficult goal. The challenges of being single can make it even more difficult to find an affordable home to buy – especially for single women

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  • 1 In 5 Americans With Matching 401(k) Plans Are Making The Biggest Retirement Mistake

    1 In 5 Americans With Matching 401(k) Plans Are Making The Biggest Retirement Mistake

    Saturday, May 5 2018 4:04 AM EDT2018-05-05 08:04:45 GMT
    Who would turn down free money? According to the Motley Fool, approximately 20% of workers with matching 401(k) retirement plans are effectively dismissing free money by making a significant mistake with their...More >>
    Who would turn down free money? According to the Motley Fool, approximately 20% of workers with matching 401(k) retirement plans are effectively dismissing free money by making a significant mistake with their contributions....More >>
  • Cryptocurrency and retirement

    Cryptocurrency and retirement

    Friday, May 4 2018 10:30 AM EDT2018-05-04 14:30:07 GMT
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    If your retirement plan is not meeting expectations, should you be wary of incorporating cryptocurrency into your account?

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    If your retirement plan is not meeting expectations, should you be wary of incorporating cryptocurrency into your account?

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  • New Home Shortage

    New Home Shortage

    Thursday, May 3 2018 10:04 PM EDT2018-05-04 02:04:16 GMT
    Are you ready to enter the home-buying market? Recent statistics suggest that you will need superior planning, plenty of cash, and more than a little luck. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR),...More >>
    Are you ready to enter the home-buying market? Recent statistics suggest that you will need superior planning, plenty of cash, and more than a little luck. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the...More >>
  • Subprime loans – should you take the risk?

    Subprime loans – should you take the risk?

    Thursday, May 3 2018 7:32 AM EDT2018-05-03 11:32:13 GMT
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    Are you ready to take advantage of these offers and, even if you are, is a subprime loan the best choice for you?

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    Are you ready to take advantage of these offers and, even if you are, is a subprime loan the best choice for you?

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  • This lender repos 1 in 3 cars it finances

    This lender repos 1 in 3 cars it finances

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 9:37 AM EDT2018-05-02 13:37:33 GMT
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    We frequently hear about America's crushing student loan debt – but auto loans are not far behind

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    We frequently hear about America's crushing student loan debt – but auto loans are not far behind

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  • How to amend a tax return

    How to amend a tax return

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 9:11 AM EDT2018-05-01 13:11:50 GMT
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    There is no need to panic simply amend your tax return in a timely matter using IRS Form 1040X

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    There is no need to panic simply amend your tax return in a timely matter using IRS Form 1040X

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  • Credit card delinquencies soar

    Credit card delinquencies soar

    Monday, April 30 2018 10:31 AM EDT2018-04-30 14:31:46 GMT
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    America's economy is improving by most standards – but is it improving on the backs of excessive debt?

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    America's economy is improving by most standards – but is it improving on the backs of excessive debt?

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  • Updating Form W-4 After Doing A Paycheck Checkup

    Updating Form W-4 After Doing A Paycheck Checkup

    Saturday, April 28 2018 5:07 AM EDT2018-04-28 09:07:04 GMT
    Did your paycheck increase due to the recent tax cuts? Many Americans saw a change in their take-home pay beginning in February once the IRS issued its new tax withholding tables. Businesses adjusted the...More >>
    Did your paycheck increase due to the recent tax cuts? Many Americans saw a change in their take-home pay beginning in February once the IRS issued its new tax withholding tables. Businesses adjusted the withholding for...More >>
  • New Medicare Cards

    New Medicare Cards

    Friday, April 27 2018 10:04 PM EDT2018-04-28 02:04:23 GMT
    If you're a Medicare beneficiary, check your mail very carefully. You'll be receiving a new Medicare card with an important new identification number that you'll need soon. Your current Medicare ID...More >>
    If you're a Medicare beneficiary, check your mail very carefully. You'll be receiving a new Medicare card with an important new identification number that you'll need soon. Your current Medicare ID card contains...More >>
  • How long should tax returns be saved?

    How long should tax returns be saved?

    Friday, April 27 2018 10:43 AM EDT2018-04-27 14:43:53 GMT
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    Is three years too much or not enough?

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    Is three years too much or not enough?

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  • More Than Half of Homeowners Plan Spending On Home Renovations In 2018

    More Than Half of Homeowners Plan Spending On Home Renovations In 2018

    Friday, April 27 2018 4:03 AM EDT2018-04-27 08:03:59 GMT
    Are you ready to tackle a home improvement project this year? If so, you have plenty of company. According to the latest LightStream Home Improvement Survey, 58% of Americans are ready to pour money into home...More >>
    Are you ready to tackle a home improvement project this year? If so, you have plenty of company. According to the latest LightStream Home Improvement Survey, 58% of Americans are ready to pour money into home improvement...More >>
  • Houses selling for more than asking price

    Houses selling for more than asking price

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:11 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:11:11 GMT
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    Did you sell your home last year? If so, there's a decent chance that you did well on the exchange

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    Did you sell your home last year? If so, there's a decent chance that you did well on the exchange

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  • What's holding up your retirement savings? It's you

    What's holding up your retirement savings? It's you

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 9:31 AM EDT2018-04-25 13:31:00 GMT
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    Are retirement savings a priority for you? If not, why aren't they?

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    Are retirement savings a priority for you? If not, why aren't they?

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  • How to get a new Social Security card

    How to get a new Social Security card

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:57 AM EDT2018-04-24 13:57:48 GMT
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    Your Social Security Number may be your most important piece of identification – yet it's likely that you never carry your Social Security card with you

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    Your Social Security Number may be your most important piece of identification – yet it's likely that you never carry your Social Security card with you

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  • Only 52% Of Women In A Relationship And Providing Half Or More Of The Household Income Are Responsible For Managing The Money

    Only 52% Of Women In A Relationship And Providing Half Or More Of The Household Income Are Responsible For Managing The Money

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:02 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:02:24 GMT
    Have we bridged the gender gap when it comes to household roles, domestic duties, and career choices? Not entirely – but a new survey suggests that women are leading the way in closing the gap and preparing the...More >>
    Have we bridged the gender gap when it comes to household roles, domestic duties, and career choices? Not entirely – but a new survey suggests that women are leading the way in closing the gap and preparing the next...More >>
  • No punishment for Equifax after massive hack

    No punishment for Equifax after massive hack

    Monday, April 23 2018 8:22 AM EDT2018-04-23 12:22:59 GMT
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    It's unlikely that any other charges will be brought against Equifax because the breach was due to Equifax's incompetence which is not a criminal offense

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    It's unlikely that any other charges will be brought against Equifax because the breach was due to Equifax's incompetence which is not a criminal offense

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  • 1 out of 9 credit scores increased overnight

    1 out of 9 credit scores increased overnight

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:43 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:43:47 GMT
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    How would you like an overnight increase in your credit score, through no action of your own?

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    How would you like an overnight increase in your credit score, through no action of your own?

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  • Renters Need Good Credit Scores, Too

    Renters Need Good Credit Scores, Too

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:00 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:00:38 GMT
    Your credit score may not be good enough to allow you to qualify for a home at a reasonable interest rate, but can a less-than-stellar credit score also keep you from finding a good place to rent? "Credit scores...More >>
    Your credit score may not be good enough to allow you to qualify for a home at a reasonable interest rate, but can a less-than-stellar credit score also keep you from finding a good place to rent? "Credit scores aren't...More >>
  • Seniors, don't fear a lawsuit for old debt

    Seniors, don't fear a lawsuit for old debt

    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:23 AM EDT2018-04-19 13:23:38 GMT
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    Being served legal papers can be a scary experience for a senior

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    Being served legal papers can be a scary experience for a senior

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  • Last-minute tax day filing

    Last-minute tax day filing

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 7:52 AM EDT2018-04-18 11:52:51 GMT
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    Waiting until the last minute to pay your taxes can cost you

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    Waiting until the last minute to pay your taxes can cost you

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  • Financial Benefits Of Investing Your Tax Refund

    Financial Benefits Of Investing Your Tax Refund

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 4:15 AM EDT2018-04-18 08:15:00 GMT
    For many people, tax refund day is like Christmas in the spring. As they prepare their tax returns, millions of Americans hold their breath in anticipation of how much their tax refund is going to be — and then run...More >>
    For many people, tax refund day is like Christmas in the spring. As they prepare their tax returns, millions of Americans hold their breath in anticipation of how much their tax refund is going to be — and then run to the...More >>
  • Cryptocurrencies and Taxes: What Do You Owe?

    Cryptocurrencies and Taxes: What Do You Owe?

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 10:14 PM EDT2018-04-18 02:14:54 GMT
    Big Gains, Big Tax Headaches Were you tempted in 2017 by cryptocurrencies promising huge financial gains? If you did make a Bitcoin purchase, you may have done very well. The value of Bitcoin gained more than...More >>
    Big Gains, Big Tax Headaches Were you tempted in 2017 by cryptocurrencies promising huge financial gains? If you did make a Bitcoin purchase, you may have done very well. The value of Bitcoin gained more than 1,200% over the...More >>
  • Celebrate Money Smart Week

    Celebrate Money Smart Week

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 4:14 AM EDT2018-04-17 08:14:35 GMT
    Are you financially literate? How about your kids? MoneyTips can help, but there may be something special soon going on in your neighborhood to help you learn more about personal finance. Money Smart Week®, a...More >>
    Are you financially literate? How about your kids? MoneyTips can help, but there may be something special soon going on in your neighborhood to help you learn more about personal finance. Money Smart Week®, a public...More >>
  • Prevent identity theft from affecting your taxes

    Prevent identity theft from affecting your taxes

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 1:14 AM EDT2018-04-17 05:14:32 GMT
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    What do you do if you fall victim to tax-related identity theft?

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    What do you do if you fall victim to tax-related identity theft?

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  • How your fellow Americans cheat on taxes

    How your fellow Americans cheat on taxes

    Monday, April 16 2018 11:02 AM EDT2018-04-16 15:02:20 GMT
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    Have you ever cheated on your taxes? If so, you are in the minority – but you aren't alone, either

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    Have you ever cheated on your taxes? If so, you are in the minority – but you aren't alone, either

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  • How Much Debt Repels Daters?

    How Much Debt Repels Daters?

    Saturday, April 14 2018 1:13 AM EDT2018-04-14 05:13:12 GMT
    Which is the worst first-date mistake – talking about an ex, eating food off your date's plate, or mentioning that you are heavily in debt? We have no idea, but we're guessing that a second date is...More >>
    Which is the worst first-date mistake – talking about an ex, eating food off your date's plate, or mentioning that you are heavily in debt? We have no idea, but we're guessing that a second date is unlikely in all...More >>
  • Avoid required minimum distribution mistakes

    Avoid required minimum distribution mistakes

    Friday, April 13 2018 8:13 AM EDT2018-04-13 12:13:23 GMT
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    How many times in life do you have to worry about removing too little money from a financial account?

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    How many times in life do you have to worry about removing too little money from a financial account?

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  • Retirement Savings Better Than Ever

    Retirement Savings Better Than Ever

    Friday, April 13 2018 1:12 AM EDT2018-04-13 05:12:46 GMT
    America's collective readiness for retirement is improving, according to Fidelity's latest Retirement Savings Assessment study. The study distills America's retirement readiness into a single score...More >>
    America's collective readiness for retirement is improving, according to Fidelity's latest Retirement Savings Assessment study. The study distills America's retirement readiness into a single score representing...More >>
  • 9 boring habits that will make you rich

    9 boring habits that will make you rich

    Thursday, April 12 2018 9:30 AM EDT2018-04-12 13:30:28 GMT
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    What's not to like about a world where your only money trouble is how to spend it?

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    What's not to like about a world where your only money trouble is how to spend it?

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  • Tax Refund Direct Deposit

    Tax Refund Direct Deposit

    Thursday, April 12 2018 1:12 AM EDT2018-04-12 05:12:24 GMT
    As much fun as it is to hold your tax refund check in your hands as you rub them together with glee, direct deposit is a simpler and faster method of receiving your refund. It may be safer as well. Not only will...More >>
    As much fun as it is to hold your tax refund check in your hands as you rub them together with glee, direct deposit is a simpler and faster method of receiving your refund. It may be safer as well. Not only will you be...More >>
  • Best and worst states for the new tax law

    Best and worst states for the new tax law

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 9:57 AM EDT2018-04-11 13:57:24 GMT
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    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act promised an income tax cut for most Americans. Is that promise less likely to be fulfilled if you live in certain states?

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    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act promised an income tax cut for most Americans. Is that promise less likely to be fulfilled if you live in certain states?

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  • Understanding The Tax Benefits Of A Mortgage

    Understanding The Tax Benefits Of A Mortgage

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 4:12 AM EDT2018-04-11 08:12:04 GMT
    As the tax filing deadline looms, many Americans continue to prepare and file their annual income taxes. The 86 million taxpayers who own their homes and have a mortgage, can take advantage of different tax...More >>
    As the tax filing deadline looms, many Americans continue to prepare and file their annual income taxes. The 86 million taxpayers who own their homes and have a mortgage, can take advantage of different tax deductions,...More >>
  • Top 7 tax deductions and credits that people forget

    Top 7 tax deductions and credits that people forget

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 9:50 AM EDT2018-04-10 13:50:06 GMT
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    Don't overlook these common tax deductions that could save you money.

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    Don't overlook these common tax deductions that could save you money.

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  • No More Signatures

    No More Signatures

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 1:11 AM EDT2018-04-10 05:11:38 GMT
    Why do you even bother signing your credit card receipts? Nobody ever looks at it. You could write your name, Donald J. Trump, Samuel L. Jackson, or Bullwinkle J. Moose and nobody would care – would they? ...More >>
    Why do you even bother signing your credit card receipts? Nobody ever looks at it. You could write your name, Donald J. Trump, Samuel L. Jackson, or Bullwinkle J. Moose and nobody would care – would they? Theoretically,...More >>
  • Avoiding mortgage scams

    Avoiding mortgage scams

    Monday, April 9 2018 8:30 AM EDT2018-04-09 12:30:06 GMT
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    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That's sound advice for almost all aspects of life, including the search for mortgage relief services. 

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    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That's sound advice for almost all aspects of life, including the search for mortgage relief services. 

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  • Tax Crime And Punishment (Infographic)

    Tax Crime And Punishment (Infographic)

    Friday, April 6 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-04-07 02:10:23 GMT
    You've heard of CSI, but what about IRS CI? That's not a new TV crime show, but the real-life Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. This Division is the only federal agency authorized to...More >>
    You've heard of CSI, but what about IRS CI? That's not a new TV crime show, but the real-life Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. This Division is the only federal agency authorized to investigate...More >>
  • Many millennials have no savings

    Many millennials have no savings

    Friday, April 6 2018 9:17 AM EDT2018-04-06 13:17:34 GMT
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    What's in your savings account? If you're a millennial, there's a decent chance that there's nothing in your account but IOUs and promises

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    What's in your savings account? If you're a millennial, there's a decent chance that there's nothing in your account but IOUs and promises

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  • Pet Tax Deductibility

    Pet Tax Deductibility

    Thursday, April 5 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-04-06 02:10:01 GMT
    In general, deducting pet expenses on your tax return can get you into hot water with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Usually pet expenses will not hold up should the IRS audit you. However, specific cases...More >>
    In general, deducting pet expenses on your tax return can get you into hot water with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Usually pet expenses will not hold up should the IRS audit you. However, specific cases exist that...More >>
  • Interactive tax assistant 101

    Interactive tax assistant 101

    Thursday, April 5 2018 9:44 AM EDT2018-04-05 13:44:28 GMT
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    Looking for tax help? Check out the IRS's interactive online assistant

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    Looking for tax help? Check out the IRS's interactive online assistant

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  • Don't Let Taxes Kill Your New Business

    Don't Let Taxes Kill Your New Business

    Wednesday, April 4 2018 10:09 PM EDT2018-04-05 02:09:37 GMT
    It is an exciting time when you start your new business. You have so many things to think of that you may forget one of the most important aspects — taxes. Before you dive into the business world, take a few...More >>
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  • IRS reveals the top tax scams of 2018

    IRS reveals the top tax scams of 2018

    Wednesday, April 4 2018 9:49 AM EDT2018-04-04 13:49:51 GMT
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    The Dirty Dozen — a 1967 war movie starring Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, and Jim Brown, or a list of the top twelve tax scams as identified by the Internal Revenue Service? How about both?

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    The Dirty Dozen — a 1967 war movie starring Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, and Jim Brown, or a list of the top twelve tax scams as identified by the Internal Revenue Service? How about both?

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  • 5 Reasons to Invest In A Roth IRA

    5 Reasons to Invest In A Roth IRA

    Wednesday, April 4 2018 1:09 AM EDT2018-04-04 05:09:14 GMT
    Should you invest in a Roth IRA instead of a traditional IRA? If you have earned income for the year, your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is less than $135,000 as a single filer and $199,000 for married...More >>
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  • Tax Impact Of The Affordable Care Act

    Tax Impact Of The Affordable Care Act

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 10:09 PM EDT2018-04-04 02:09:12 GMT
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare if you prefer) has probably had a significant impact on your health insurance. Did you realize that Obamacare has had an effect on your taxes as well? Here are a few of...More >>
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare if you prefer) has probably had a significant impact on your health insurance. Did you realize that Obamacare has had an effect on your taxes as well? Here are a few of the tax...More >>
  • Tax benefits of caring for an aging relative

    Tax benefits of caring for an aging relative

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 10:32 AM EDT2018-04-03 14:32:56 GMT
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    Caring for an elderly relative can be rewarding, but incredibly difficult – as well as expensive. However, it may be possible to recoup some of the costs through income tax savings. 

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    Caring for an elderly relative can be rewarding, but incredibly difficult – as well as expensive. However, it may be possible to recoup some of the costs through income tax savings. 

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  • Retirement Savings Contributions Tax Credit

    Retirement Savings Contributions Tax Credit

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 4:09 AM EDT2018-04-03 08:09:23 GMT
    Contributing to a retirement account can be difficult for lower income households, but one can argue that it is even more important for those families to take advantage of all the retirement savings options that...More >>
    Contributing to a retirement account can be difficult for lower income households, but one can argue that it is even more important for those families to take advantage of all the retirement savings options that are...More >>
  • 3 Out Of 4 Millennial Parents Don't Carry Life Insurance

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    Tuesday, April 3 2018 1:09 AM EDT2018-04-03 05:09:19 GMT
    Life Insurance isn't for you – it's for those you leave behind. Without sufficient insurance, your family may endure financial hardships on top of the shock and grief caused by your passing. According to a...More >>
    Life Insurance isn't for you – it's for those you leave behind. Without sufficient insurance, your family may endure financial hardships on top of the shock and grief caused by your passing. According to a recent...More >>
  • 3 top retiree tax-planning mistakes

    3 top retiree tax-planning mistakes

    Monday, April 2 2018 8:02 AM EDT2018-04-02 12:02:46 GMT
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    Here are three of the top mistakes that retirees tend to make, so that you can plan now to avoid them

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    Here are three of the top mistakes that retirees tend to make, so that you can plan now to avoid them

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  • Obamacare Tax Forms 1095-B And 1095-C 101

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    Saturday, March 31 2018 1:07 AM EDT2018-03-31 05:07:47 GMT
    Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you should receive 1095 forms along with the W-2, 1099, and other tax forms that you receive from employers and financial institutions. The 1095 forms verify your health...More >>
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  • Your top 10 rights as a taxpayer

    Your top 10 rights as a taxpayer

    Friday, March 30 2018 8:13 AM EDT2018-03-30 12:13:05 GMT
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    You may know about the Bill of Rights, but were you aware that the IRS also has a Bill of Rights for your benefit?

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    You may know about the Bill of Rights, but were you aware that the IRS also has a Bill of Rights for your benefit?

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  • 11 Unusual Tax Deductions

    11 Unusual Tax Deductions

    Friday, March 30 2018 1:07 AM EDT2018-03-30 05:07:22 GMT
    Some taxpayers love to test the IRS boundaries on allowable deductions. Consider the business owner who had his store burned down and tried to deduct the arsonist's payment as a "consulting fee", or the...More >>
    Some taxpayers love to test the IRS boundaries on allowable deductions. Consider the business owner who had his store burned down and tried to deduct the arsonist's payment as a "consulting fee", or the businessman who...More >>
  • How to deduct your car

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    Thursday, March 29 2018 9:25 AM EDT2018-03-29 13:25:53 GMT
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    When you use your car for both personal and business reasons and you are not fully reimbursed through your employer for the business expenses, you can deduct those costs from your taxes

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    When you use your car for both personal and business reasons and you are not fully reimbursed through your employer for the business expenses, you can deduct those costs from your taxes

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  • Student loan $36 billion shortfall

    Student loan $36 billion shortfall

    Wednesday, March 28 2018 9:20 AM EDT2018-03-28 13:20:17 GMT
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    If you are a lending institution that loses money on the loans that you make, it's an understatement to say that changes are required

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    If you are a lending institution that loses money on the loans that you make, it's an understatement to say that changes are required

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  • 9 ways to reduce investment taxes

    9 ways to reduce investment taxes

    Tuesday, March 27 2018 9:31 AM EDT2018-03-27 13:31:39 GMT
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    The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) gave most Americans a break on their upcoming taxes – but you don't need legislation to cut your taxes even further

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    The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) gave most Americans a break on their upcoming taxes – but you don't need legislation to cut your taxes even further

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  • 9 Ways To Reduce Investment Taxes

    9 Ways To Reduce Investment Taxes

    Tuesday, March 27 2018 4:05 AM EDT2018-03-27 08:05:49 GMT
    The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) gave most Americans a break on their upcoming taxes – but you don't need legislation to cut your taxes even further with sound investment strategies that focus...More >>
    The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) gave most Americans a break on their upcoming taxes – but you don't need legislation to cut your taxes even further with sound investment strategies that focus on tax...More >>
  • Check Before Using Your 529 For Pre-College Education

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    Tuesday, March 27 2018 1:05 AM EDT2018-03-27 05:05:47 GMT
    In 1996, the Small Business Job Protection Act created 529 savings plans: state-administered programs designed to help parents save for their children's future college costs. In a 529 plan, deposited funds are...More >>
    In 1996, the Small Business Job Protection Act created 529 savings plans: state-administered programs designed to help parents save for their children's future college costs. In a 529 plan, deposited funds are allowed to...More >>
  • What Is My IRS Pin?

    What Is My IRS Pin?

    Monday, March 26 2018 10:05 PM EDT2018-03-27 02:05:46 GMT
    The last few years have been difficult ones for the IRS with respect to security issues, and the agency is determined to improve security during this year's filing. Electronic filing is particularly vulnerable...More >>
    The last few years have been difficult ones for the IRS with respect to security issues, and the agency is determined to improve security during this year's filing. Electronic filing is particularly vulnerable because of...More >>
  • Education tax savings

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    Monday, March 26 2018 9:31 AM EDT2018-03-26 13:31:26 GMT
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    If you are paying college expenses for yourself or for one of your dependents, you may be able to deduct the tuition and fees on your federal tax return

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    If you are paying college expenses for yourself or for one of your dependents, you may be able to deduct the tuition and fees on your federal tax return

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  • Best Countries For Retirement Destinations

    Best Countries For Retirement Destinations

    Saturday, March 24 2018 1:04 AM EDT2018-03-24 05:04:40 GMT
    If you have planned properly, retirement can open up a wide set of new possibilities. You can take up new pastimes, travel to foreign lands – and perhaps even retire there. There are many countries with reasonable...More >>
    If you have planned properly, retirement can open up a wide set of new possibilities. You can take up new pastimes, travel to foreign lands – and perhaps even retire there. There are many countries with reasonable costs of...More >>
  • Should You Use Tax Preparation Software?

    Should You Use Tax Preparation Software?

    Friday, March 23 2018 10:04 PM EDT2018-03-24 02:04:39 GMT
    Tax preparation software has improved significantly over the past several years, and more and more people are using it to file their own taxes. If you are debating whether doing your own taxes is right for you,...More >>
    Tax preparation software has improved significantly over the past several years, and more and more people are using it to file their own taxes. If you are debating whether doing your own taxes is right for you, consider the...More >>
  • Learn the price of your life insurance premium before you apply

    Learn the price of your life insurance premium before you apply

    Friday, March 23 2018 9:11 AM EDT2018-03-23 13:11:39 GMT
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    If you are looking at obtaining life insurance, and you want to know what your rate class might be with a number of carriers, here is one way to make that happen

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    If you are looking at obtaining life insurance, and you want to know what your rate class might be with a number of carriers, here is one way to make that happen

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  • Our Tax Returns Reveal Our Secrets (Infographic)

    Our Tax Returns Reveal Our Secrets (Infographic)

    Friday, March 23 2018 4:04 AM EDT2018-03-23 08:04:19 GMT
    In looking into our country's secrets, we've used the old investigative adage, "Follow the money." We reviewed the trends revealed by American taxpayers' returns from 1995 to 2016. For example, is it...More >>
    In looking into our country's secrets, we've used the old investigative adage, "Follow the money." We reviewed the trends revealed by American taxpayers' returns from 1995 to 2016. For example, is it because of...More >>
  • A new approach to affordable housing

    A new approach to affordable housing

    Thursday, March 22 2018 9:31 AM EDT2018-03-22 13:31:36 GMT
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    A new test program in Montana addresses an underserved area of the housing market affordable rental homes by making loans to help people move in

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    A new test program in Montana addresses an underserved area of the housing market affordable rental homes by making loans to help people move in

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  • Does Your State Tax Social Security

    Does Your State Tax Social Security

    Thursday, March 22 2018 1:04 AM EDT2018-03-22 05:04:27 GMT
    If you have done your homework leading into retirement, you probably already know that Social Security benefits may be subject to federal taxes under certain circumstances. Did you know that some states also impose...More >>
    If you have done your homework leading into retirement, you probably already know that Social Security benefits may be subject to federal taxes under certain circumstances. Did you know that some states also impose taxes on...More >>
  • Top 9 audit red flags

    Top 9 audit red flags

    Wednesday, March 21 2018 10:00 AM EDT2018-03-21 14:00:27 GMT
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    Some of these cannot be avoided, but others are essentially errors in judgment

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    Some of these cannot be avoided, but others are essentially errors in judgment

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  • Joint Tax Filing For Married Same-Sex Couples

    Joint Tax Filing For Married Same-Sex Couples

    Wednesday, March 21 2018 6:34 AM EDT2018-03-21 10:34:06 GMT
    On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court settled the issue of same-sex marriage in the U.S. with the landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. This decision requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex...More >>
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  • Do I Have to Pay Taxes On a Life Insurance Payout?

    Do I Have to Pay Taxes On a Life Insurance Payout?

    Wednesday, March 21 2018 1:04 AM EDT2018-03-21 05:04:02 GMT
    Life insurance has grown in complexity over the years and, as a result, life insurance taxation issues have become equally complex. While you should consult with a tax professional to verify the tax status of any...More >>
    Life insurance has grown in complexity over the years and, as a result, life insurance taxation issues have become equally complex. While you should consult with a tax professional to verify the tax status of any life...More >>
  • Retire Earlier With Dividend Champions

    Retire Earlier With Dividend Champions

    Tuesday, March 20 2018 1:03 AM EDT2018-03-20 05:03:34 GMT
    The average retirement age in the United States has ticked up over the past decade. As you can see in the chart below, as of 2014, the average retirement age increased to 62 and the expected age of retirement is...More >>
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  • Refund Advance Loans And Refund Anticipation Checks 101

    Refund Advance Loans And Refund Anticipation Checks 101

    Monday, March 19 2018 10:03 PM EDT2018-03-20 02:03:31 GMT
    Are you counting on your tax refund to pay off bills? You may need the cash before your refund arrives. The IRS website states that typical refunds take less than 21 calendar days if you e-filed your return....More >>
    Are you counting on your tax refund to pay off bills? You may need the cash before your refund arrives. The IRS website states that typical refunds take less than 21 calendar days if you e-filed your return. However, if you...More >>
  • Are my Social Security benefits taxable?

    Are my Social Security benefits taxable?

    Monday, March 19 2018 2:35 PM EDT2018-03-19 18:35:37 GMT
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    Social Security is generally considered a tax-free benefit, but that is not always the case

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    Social Security is generally considered a tax-free benefit, but that is not always the case

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  • Top 10 States For Low Or No Income Tax

    Top 10 States For Low Or No Income Tax

    Saturday, March 17 2018 4:02 AM EDT2018-03-17 08:02:31 GMT
    Soon you will be filling out your federal tax forms, and unless you are lucky enough to live in seven states, you will be filling out state tax forms as well. Are you fortunate enough to live in one of these seven...More >>
    Soon you will be filling out your federal tax forms, and unless you are lucky enough to live in seven states, you will be filling out state tax forms as well. Are you fortunate enough to live in one of these seven states, or...More >>
  • 44% Of Parents Feel Guilty Over Inadequate College Savings

    44% Of Parents Feel Guilty Over Inadequate College Savings

    Saturday, March 17 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-03-17 05:02:28 GMT
    According to Collegedata.com, the average annual cost of tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 school year was $9,970 at an average public college for in-state residents. Out-of-state collegians paid an average of...More >>
    According to Collegedata.com, the average annual cost of tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 school year was $9,970 at an average public college for in-state residents. Out-of-state collegians paid an average of $25,620,...More >>
  • What to do when divorced parents both want to claim the same dependents

    What to do when divorced parents both want to claim the same dependents

    Friday, March 16 2018 4:02 AM EDT2018-03-16 08:02:09 GMT
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    Claiming dependents on your taxes is usually a fairly straightforward procedure, but in some cases, more than one person (or couple filing jointly) will claim someone as a dependent, muddying the process

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    Claiming dependents on your taxes is usually a fairly straightforward procedure, but in some cases, more than one person (or couple filing jointly) will claim someone as a dependent, muddying the process

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  • How To Get Precise Pricing For Life Insurance

    How To Get Precise Pricing For Life Insurance

    Friday, March 16 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-03-16 05:02:07 GMT
    When using the Life Insurance Quote Comparison Tool on MoneyTips, you can see multiple carriers and rates. Daily, we receive new applications for life insurance through this channel. When I see a new application, I...More >>
    When using the Life Insurance Quote Comparison Tool on MoneyTips, you can see multiple carriers and rates. Daily, we receive new applications for life insurance through this channel. When I see a new application, I know that...More >>
  • How To Save For Taxes If You Are A Freelancer

    How To Save For Taxes If You Are A Freelancer

    Thursday, March 15 2018 10:02 PM EDT2018-03-16 02:02:03 GMT
    Are you tired of working for others? Being your own boss can be very rewarding both financially and spiritually, but there are challenges associated with freelance work. Taxes are one of the most difficult aspects...More >>
    Are you tired of working for others? Being your own boss can be very rewarding both financially and spiritually, but there are challenges associated with freelance work. Taxes are one of the most difficult aspects because...More >>
  • Top 10 Home Office Tax Deductions

    Top 10 Home Office Tax Deductions

    Thursday, March 15 2018 1:01 AM EDT2018-03-15 05:01:41 GMT
    Taxpayers tend to shy away from taking the home office deduction, assuming that they will be targeted for increased scrutiny from the IRS. That is certainly possible, especially if your deductions are unusually...More >>
    Taxpayers tend to shy away from taking the home office deduction, assuming that they will be targeted for increased scrutiny from the IRS. That is certainly possible, especially if your deductions are unusually large – but...More >>
  • Tax Benefits of Having Dependents

    Tax Benefits of Having Dependents

    Wednesday, March 14 2018 4:01 AM EDT2018-03-14 08:01:22 GMT
    Did your kids get a taste of the real world and decide that living off Mom and Dad was not so bad after all? Cheer up… you may still be able to claim them as dependents on your taxes. Dependents can save money on...More >>
    Did your kids get a taste of the real world and decide that living off Mom and Dad was not so bad after all? Cheer up… you may still be able to claim them as dependents on your taxes. Dependents can save money on your taxes...More >>
  • Think before you lend your credit card to others

    Think before you lend your credit card to others

    Tuesday, March 13 2018 10:01 PM EDT2018-03-14 02:01:15 GMT
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    If you lend your credit card to a friend in financial need, trying to be helpful, there's a decent chance that you'll end up with increased debt – and possibly an ex-friend. 

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    If you lend your credit card to a friend in financial need, trying to be helpful, there's a decent chance that you'll end up with increased debt – and possibly an ex-friend. 

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  • Disappearing tax breaks

    Disappearing tax breaks

    Tuesday, March 13 2018 4:00 AM EDT2018-03-13 08:00:56 GMT
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    It's debatable whether taxes are simpler, but there's no doubt that some deductions will be lost after 2017

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    It's debatable whether taxes are simpler, but there's no doubt that some deductions will be lost after 2017

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  • Would Cancelling All Student Debt Help The Economy?

    Would Cancelling All Student Debt Help The Economy?

    Tuesday, March 13 2018 1:00 AM EDT2018-03-13 05:00:54 GMT
    Policymakers have been struggling to identify ways to deal with America's staggering student loan debt. As of January 2018, Student Loan Hero estimated total outstanding student loan debt at $1.48 trillion,...More >>
    Policymakers have been struggling to identify ways to deal with America's staggering student loan debt. As of January 2018, Student Loan Hero estimated total outstanding student loan debt at $1.48 trillion, affecting 44...More >>
  • Don't get a surprise tax bill from your IRA

    Don't get a surprise tax bill from your IRA

    Monday, March 12 2018 10:00 PM EDT2018-03-13 02:00:51 GMT
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    Did you know that the type of investments you hold could hand you a surprise tax bill and potentially ruin your IRA status?

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    Did you know that the type of investments you hold could hand you a surprise tax bill and potentially ruin your IRA status?

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  • The Most Important Advice From Current To Future Retirees

    The Most Important Advice From Current To Future Retirees

    Saturday, March 10 2018 12:32 PM EST2018-03-10 17:32:31 GMT
    In many facets of life, experience is the best instructor. So, MoneyTips asked retirees for advice to give to people planning their future retirement. In an exclusive MoneyTips online survey, we asked 258 retirees:...More >>
    In many facets of life, experience is the best instructor. So, MoneyTips asked retirees for advice to give to people planning their future retirement. In an exclusive MoneyTips online survey, we asked 258 retirees: From...More >>
  • Tax identity theft

    Tax identity theft

    Saturday, March 10 2018 1:02 AM EST2018-03-10 06:02:15 GMT
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    With tax-filing season now upon us, there's another kind of identity theft you should be watching out for

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    With tax-filing season now upon us, there's another kind of identity theft you should be watching out for

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  • Free tax preparation

    Free tax preparation

    Friday, March 9 2018 10:02 PM EST2018-03-10 03:02:11 GMT
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    If you are one of the many Americans struggling to understand how to fill out your tax forms, the IRS — yes, that IRS — may be able to offer you free help

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    If you are one of the many Americans struggling to understand how to fill out your tax forms, the IRS — yes, that IRS — may be able to offer you free help

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  • The Top 5 Habits Of Leadership

    The Top 5 Habits Of Leadership

    Friday, March 9 2018 4:01 AM EST2018-03-09 09:01:48 GMT
    1. Lead by example – Great leaders operate with humility and a "Do as I do" rather than a "Do as I say" mentality. They never ask anyone to do anything they are not willing to do themselves. 2. Use the 7 P's –...More >>
    1. Lead by example – Great leaders operate with humility and a "Do as I do" rather than a "Do as I say" mentality. They never ask anyone to do anything they are not willing to do themselves. 2. Use the 7 P's – In the...More >>
  • 7 Ways To Minimize Taxes In Retirement

    7 Ways To Minimize Taxes In Retirement

    Friday, March 9 2018 1:01 AM EST2018-03-09 06:01:44 GMT
    A stable income is critical to a comfortable retirement – as is limiting the amount of that income that you give to Uncle Sam. Maximizing retirement income and minimizing taxes requires advance planning – as...More >>
    A stable income is critical to a comfortable retirement – as is limiting the amount of that income that you give to Uncle Sam. Maximizing retirement income and minimizing taxes requires advance planning – as illustrated in...More >>
  • Living Off Of Dividends In Retirement

    Living Off Of Dividends In Retirement

    Thursday, March 8 2018 1:01 AM EST2018-03-08 06:01:18 GMT
    Retiring without the worry of running out of money is a major goal for many of us. But what is the best way to ensure that you never run out of money in retirement? It used to be that many retirees lived off of a...More >>
    Retiring without the worry of running out of money is a major goal for many of us. But what is the best way to ensure that you never run out of money in retirement? It used to be that many retirees lived off of a pension,...More >>
  • IRS2Go 101

    IRS2Go 101

    Wednesday, March 7 2018 10:01 PM EST2018-03-08 03:01:17 GMT
    Your smartphone is probably full of fun apps, but we have one more app to add to help you deal with a painful task: your taxes. Did you know that the IRS has a free smartphone app to help taxpayers handle basic...More >>
    Your smartphone is probably full of fun apps, but we have one more app to add to help you deal with a painful task: your taxes. Did you know that the IRS has a free smartphone app to help taxpayers handle basic tax-related...More >>
  • Most People Repaying Credit Cards Wrong

    Most People Repaying Credit Cards Wrong

    Wednesday, March 7 2018 4:00 AM EST2018-03-07 09:00:52 GMT
    What's the best way to pay down credit card debt? LaTisha Styles, Millennial Finance Expert and Founder of Financial Success Media, LLC, outlines two popular strategies. "In the first way," says Styles, "you...More >>
    What's the best way to pay down credit card debt? LaTisha Styles, Millennial Finance Expert and Founder of Financial Success Media, LLC, outlines two popular strategies. "In the first way," says Styles, "you pay off the...More >>
  • Energy tax incentives 101

    Energy tax incentives 101

    Wednesday, March 7 2018 1:00 AM EST2018-03-07 06:00:49 GMT
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    Going green can actually save you some green too

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    Going green can actually save you some green too

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  • Bad Social Security advice can cost you money

    Bad Social Security advice can cost you money

    Tuesday, March 6 2018 10:00 PM EST2018-03-07 03:00:45 GMT
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    Beware of Social Security tips, the wrong one could cost you big time

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    Beware of Social Security tips, the wrong one could cost you big time

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  • Medicare Plan F Going Away In 2020

    Medicare Plan F Going Away In 2020

    Monday, March 5 2018 10:00 PM EST2018-03-06 03:00:15 GMT
    Millions of Americans choose to supplement their Original Medicare benefits with additional coverage that helps to cover the gaps. Medigap plans in America are standardized, and for decades, Medigap Plan F has been...More >>
    Millions of Americans choose to supplement their Original Medicare benefits with additional coverage that helps to cover the gaps. Medigap plans in America are standardized, and for decades, Medigap Plan F has been a top...More >>
  • More Than 2 in 5 Americans Would Rather Die Young Than Live In Poverty

    More Than 2 in 5 Americans Would Rather Die Young Than Live In Poverty

    With a defined benefit plan, like a pension, retirees collect a fixed amount in every year of retirement. However, more and more Americans are retiring with defined contribution plans, in which they build assets up...

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    With a defined benefit plan, like a pension, retirees collect a fixed amount in every year of retirement. However, more and more Americans are retiring with defined contribution plans, in which they build assets up mainly...

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  • How Seniors Should Handle A 1099-C

    How Seniors Should Handle A 1099-C

    Saturday, March 3 2018 1:00 AM EST2018-03-03 06:00:52 GMT
    By Eric Olsen, Executive Director, HELPS Nonprofit Law Firm At this time of year, creditors sometimes send out what is called a Form 1099-C. They email it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and copy the person...More >>
    By Eric Olsen, Executive Director, HELPS Nonprofit Law Firm At this time of year, creditors sometimes send out what is called a Form 1099-C. They email it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and copy the person who owes...More >>
  • The Importance Of Work/Life Balance

    The Importance Of Work/Life Balance

    For eight years in my 20's, I was working 80-90 hours a week, fixated on chasing the all-powerful dollar. I barely saw my wife and first-born child, and I was miserable. I made a lot of money, but had no...

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    For eight years in my 20's, I was working 80-90 hours a week, fixated on chasing the all-powerful dollar. I barely saw my wife and first-born child, and I was miserable. I made a lot of money, but had no balance. At 30,...

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  • Will The New Tax Laws See A Rush On Divorces In 2018?

    Will The New Tax Laws See A Rush On Divorces In 2018?

    Friday, March 2 2018 4:00 AM EST2018-03-02 09:00:29 GMT
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    For three years in a row, Americans are going to get a little extra time to file their taxes, thanks to a holiday that may be completely unknown to you

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    The W-2 is the base document that defines your tax obligations, so it is important that you review and understand yours.

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    Monday, February 5 2018 10:04 PM EST2018-02-06 03:04:05 GMT
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    What better way to start 2018 than with 18 great money-saving tax deductions? Use them to save money on your 2017 taxes while you still can

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    If you are over age 65 or are retired due to a disability, you may be eligible for a separate tax credit designed to help the nation's seniors and disabled

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  • 9 ways to maximize your tax refund

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    Monday, January 29 2018 10:00 PM EST2018-01-30 03:00:19 GMT

    Do the words "tax return" send shivers down your spine because you always end up with a gigantic headache and little or no tax refund at the end? Maybe the problem is in preparation and planning – or lack of it. 

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  • Nearly 1 in 4 Americans Has Done No Retirement Preparation

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    Saturday, January 27 2018 4:01 AM EST2018-01-27 09:01:38 GMT
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  • How Much Do You Need To Retire? Part 2

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    Friday, January 26 2018 10:01 PM EST2018-01-27 03:01:33 GMT
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  • Itemize or take the standard deduction on your federal income tax?

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    Friday, January 26 2018 4:01 AM EST2018-01-26 09:01:18 GMT

    Should you itemize deductions or take the standard deduction for tax year 2017?

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  • How much do you need to retire?

    How much do you need to retire?

    Friday, January 26 2018 1:01 AM EST2018-01-26 06:01:14 GMT

    I find when meeting with individuals for the first time that they typically have no idea how much they will need to be able to retire.

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  • 15 easy steps to prevent identity theft

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    Wednesday, January 24 2018 10:00 PM EST2018-01-25 03:00:50 GMT

    Thanks to large-scale hacks such as the Equifax and Yahoo breaches, identity thieves have no shortage of information to use in their criminal pursuits. Is your information among them?

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  • Millennial retirement perceptions

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    Tuesday, January 23 2018 10:00 PM EST2018-01-24 03:00:29 GMT

    How will millennials do in retirement? Very well...or so they think.

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  • Top tax benefits of home ownership

    Top tax benefits of home ownership

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 4:00 AM EST2018-01-23 09:00:15 GMT

    Your home is your castle, and it is also a source of tax deductions. Yet, every year, Americans let these potential tax deductions pass by, not realizing how to take advantage of them.

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    Monday, January 22 2018 10:00 PM EST2018-01-23 03:00:09 GMT

    What sort of structure makes the most sense for your small business - a corporate structure or a sole proprietorship? If neither structure fits you well, perhaps the best choice for you is a Limited Liability Company

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  • Nearly 1 in 3 Americans Not Spending Less In Retirement

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    Saturday, January 20 2018 4:02 AM EST2018-01-20 09:02:13 GMT
    When calculating how much money we need to retire, Americans tend to assume we will spend less in our golden years than when we are working. It's true that commuting costs should shrink, but having more leisure...More >>
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  • 7 Changes To Social Security For 2018

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    Friday, January 19 2018 4:01 AM EST2018-01-19 09:01:55 GMT
    Social Security is a critical component of the retirement plans of many Americans, making it critical to keep up with annual changes in the program. None of the changes for 2018 are as substantial as the recent tax...More >>
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  • Getting the jump on April 17

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    Is it tax time already? You may not want to admit it, but tax time starts well before the filing deadline.

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  • Automatic 401(k) Savers Incur More Debt

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    Tuesday, January 16 2018 10:01 PM EST2018-01-17 03:01:15 GMT
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    Tuesday, January 16 2018 4:01 AM EST2018-01-16 09:01:03 GMT
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  • How new tax law affects homeowners

    How new tax law affects homeowners

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:00 PM EST2018-01-16 03:00:58 GMT

    The changing landscape of deductions

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    The changing landscape of deductions

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  • Less Than Half Of Us Believe Our Money Will Last Through Retirement

    Less Than Half Of Us Believe Our Money Will Last Through Retirement

    Saturday, January 13 2018 4:00 AM EST2018-01-13 09:00:08 GMT
    Due to our ever-increasing lifespans, many Americans will live decades after retiring. With pensions growing rarer, and people not saving enough for retirement, many worry that they will run out of savings before...More >>
    Due to our ever-increasing lifespans, many Americans will live decades after retiring. With pensions growing rarer, and people not saving enough for retirement, many worry that they will run out of savings before their time...More >>
  • Preparing for your annual tax meeting

    Preparing for your annual tax meeting

    Friday, January 12 2018 10:01 PM EST2018-01-13 03:01:34 GMT

    With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Ac, it makes it even more important for you to prepare for your allotted tax preparation time

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    With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Ac, it makes it even more important for you to prepare for your allotted tax preparation time

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  • Only 9% of investors understand risk

    Only 9% of investors understand risk

    Thursday, January 11 2018 10:01 PM EST2018-01-12 03:01:10 GMT

    If you don't fully understand risk, you may be looking at the wrong criteria to make the best financial decisions

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    If you don't fully understand risk, you may be looking at the wrong criteria to make the best financial decisions

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  • 2018 housing market predictions

    2018 housing market predictions

    Friday, January 5 2018 4:02 AM EST2018-01-05 09:02:04 GMT

    Are you preparing to enter the housing market in 2018? Whether you're a buyer or a seller, 2018 is likely to be a year of both challenges and opportunities

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    Are you preparing to enter the housing market in 2018? Whether you're a buyer or a seller, 2018 is likely to be a year of both challenges and opportunities

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