Financial Planning

14 Social Security Tasks You Can Do Online
retirement

14 Social Security Tasks You Can Do Online

Why visit a government office to get your Social Security business done? You can do much of that online.
April 2, 2021
Get Free Weekly Credit Reports for Another Year
Coronavirus and Your Money

Get Free Weekly Credit Reports for Another Year

Take advantage of the extension to check each report for errors or signs of fraudulent activity.
March 26, 2021
Tap Home Equity for Extra Income
Financial Planning

Tap Home Equity for Extra Income

Home is where the heart is, but it’s also a source of regular income for many retirees.
March 25, 2021
Talking with the Taxpayer Advocate: The IRS Is Under Stress
Financial Planning

Talking with the Taxpayer Advocate: The IRS Is Under Stress

The pandemic and new stimulus-driven responsibilities are straining IRS resources.
March 24, 2021
States Eye Higher Taxes for Top Earners
Tax Breaks

States Eye Higher Taxes for Top Earners

The tax revenue could close budget gaps, but the measures could drive away mobile workers.
March 24, 2021

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How to Build (or Rebuild) Wealth
Financial Planning

How to Build (or Rebuild) Wealth

Our 11-part plan will help you establish a solid financial foundation or take stock of your progress.
March 22, 2021
Retirees, Your Finances Need an Annual Checkup
Financial Planning

Retirees, Your Finances Need an Annual Checkup

An annual review should include going over your budget, taking a look at your investment portfolio and making sure you have the right beneficiaries li…
March 17, 2021
Exclusive Social Security Benefits Forecast: COLA Likely to Jump to 3% in 2022
Financial Planning

Exclusive Social Security Benefits Forecast: COLA Likely to Jump to 3% in 2022

The cost of living adjustment would be fueled by rising gas prices and the recently passed stimulus package that could spur additional consumer spendi…
March 10, 2021
How to Keep Tabs on Your Credit Report
Coronavirus and Your Money

How to Keep Tabs on Your Credit Report

Free weekly access is ending, but several services let you view your credit files more than once a year.
March 5, 2021
The Basics of Required Minimum Distributions: 12 Things You Must Know About RMDs
Financial Planning

The Basics of Required Minimum Distributions: 12 Things You Must Know About RMDs

Retirement savers who are 72 must start withdrawing funds from tax-advantaged retirement accounts. Here’s what you need to know about required minimum…
March 4, 2021
Why I Like Ginnie Mae Funds Now
Investing for Income

Why I Like Ginnie Mae Funds Now

A portfolio of mortgages should retain their value better than ordinary bonds if interest rates rise.
February 28, 2021
8 Insurance Products You May Not Need
Financial Planning

8 Insurance Products You May Not Need

You may be paying for insurance, such as long-term disability or product warranties, that is potentially unnecessary.
February 26, 2021
10 Things You'll Spend More on in Retirement
retirement

10 Things You'll Spend More on in Retirement

From reading materials to debt, the demands on your savings during your golden years might surprise you.
February 25, 2021
10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement
retirement

10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement

We spend a lot of time worrying about running out of cash in retirement. But you might be surprised to see some of the things you'll find yourself spe…
February 25, 2021
Roth IRA Basics: 11 Things You Must Know
Financial Planning

Roth IRA Basics: 11 Things You Must Know

A Roth IRA can be a great way to save for retirement since the accounts have no required minimum distributions and you withdraw the money tax-free.
February 25, 2021
10 Things You'll Spend More on in Retirement
retirement

10 Things You'll Spend More on in Retirement

From reading materials to debt, the demands on your savings during your golden years might surprise you.
February 25, 2021
Switch Accounts for a Better Yield?
Financial Planning

Switch Accounts for a Better Yield?

If your current account has a reliable history of strong yields, it might be worth sticking around.
February 23, 2021
The Case for Indexed Annuities
Financial Planning

The Case for Indexed Annuities

These products may offer better returns than traditional fixed-income investments. But there are trade-offs.
February 19, 2021
Buying a Burial Plot Is a Grave Decision
Financial Planning

Buying a Burial Plot Is a Grave Decision

Thinking about buying a burial plot can be uncomfortable but making this purchase ahead of time has its advantages, including potentially saving you m…
February 17, 2021
What to Do When One Spouse Spends Too Much in Retirement
spending

What to Do When One Spouse Spends Too Much in Retirement

If one partner takes a less conservative approach to money, it can wreak havoc on a marriage. But the problem can be addressed by agreeing on bigger f…
February 10, 2021
401(k) Contribution Limits for 2021
Financial Planning

401(k) Contribution Limits for 2021

The 401(k) contribution limit stayed the same for 2021. But workers 50 and older can save an extra amount for retirement.
February 5, 2021
Smart Ways to Save on Child Care Costs
Starting a Family

Smart Ways to Save on Child Care Costs

The expenses and tax complications that come with hiring a nanny were reason enough for me to take my son to day care instead.
February 5, 2021
11 Money Moves to Make in the Decade Before You Retire
retirement planning

11 Money Moves to Make in the Decade Before You Retire

Pre-retirement steps include reviewing what you expect to pay in taxes and how you will cover health care costs once you stop working.
February 4, 2021
There's Still Time to Save on 2020 Taxes
Tax Breaks

There's Still Time to Save on 2020 Taxes

The tax code didn’t change last year, but just about everything else did. We’ll guide you to a lower tax bill.
January 27, 2021
18 States With Scary Death Taxes
inheritance

18 States With Scary Death Taxes

Federal estate taxes are no longer a problem for all but the extremely wealthy, but several states have their own estate taxes and inheritance taxes t…
January 24, 2021