Financial Planning

2 Essential Strategies for Taking Your RMDs
Financial Planning

2 Essential Strategies for Taking Your RMDs

Whether you need to take required minimum distributions to live or find them to be a nuisance, here are some tips to make the most of withdrawing thes…
June 10, 2021
8 Surprising Ways to Prosper From Annuities
annuities

8 Surprising Ways to Prosper From Annuities

You can use a fixed annuity to do more than just generate retirement income. These insurance contracts can also help you give to charity, leave money …
June 3, 2021
401(k)s: 10 Things You Must Know About These Retirement Savings Plans
401(k)s

401(k)s: 10 Things You Must Know About These Retirement Savings Plans

These accounts can be a great way to save for retirement while giving you a tax break now. But beware of the fees plan providers charge for 401(k)s.
June 1, 2021
Yes, You Can Have Too Much Cash
Financial Planning

Yes, You Can Have Too Much Cash

A sizable hoard is comforting but could crimp long-term portfolio gains.
May 27, 2021
Retirement Planning Checklist
Financial Planning

Retirement Planning Checklist

Whether the day you stop working is a decade away or around the corner, these to-do items will help you retire on your own terms.
May 26, 2021

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Do You Need Life Insurance When You're Young?
Financial Planning

Do You Need Life Insurance When You're Young?

As millennials have families and take on financial obligations, we need life insurance to protect those we may leave behind.
May 24, 2021
Annuities: 10 Things You Must Know
annuities

Annuities: 10 Things You Must Know

Not all annuities are alike, and some may not be appropriate for you. How much do you know about these investment products?
May 21, 2021
5 Signs You Should Fire Your Financial Adviser
retirement planning

5 Signs You Should Fire Your Financial Adviser

A strong relationship with a financial adviser you trust matters more the closer you get to retirement. Here are some of the reasons it may be time fo…
May 19, 2021
Annuities: How They Could Work for You
Financial Planning

Annuities: How They Could Work for You

No doubt, investing in annuities can be a tough call for the active investor. But there comes a time when relinquishing some control in exchange for r…
May 6, 2021
Buffered ETFs Can Limit Your Losses
Becoming an Investor

Buffered ETFs Can Limit Your Losses

The catch: You'll give up some gains in return.
April 28, 2021
7 Ways to Utilize Your Life Insurance Policy’s Cash Value
life insurance

7 Ways to Utilize Your Life Insurance Policy’s Cash Value

If you no longer need life insurance, don't just cancel the policy and cash out. Instead, consider one of these strategies to capitalize on its value …
April 23, 2021
The Essentials You Need for an Estate Plan
estate planning

The Essentials You Need for an Estate Plan

You can reduce stress and expenses for yourself and your family if you develop an estate plan that includes these important documents.
April 21, 2021
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
How the Kiplinger 25 Fared in 2020
Kip 25

How the Kiplinger 25 Fared in 2020

Our flock of actively managed funds survived a wild year and as a group delivered benchmark-beating gains.
March 24, 2021
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
Put an Estate Plan in Place
Financial Planning

Put an Estate Plan in Place

Begin with the basics, starting with a will. You may even be able to use an online will-writing program.
March 19, 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