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Rivan V. Stinson

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Fund Watch
August 2018

Baron Global Advantage Bets Big on Tech

The managers for this large-company global stock fund scout for companies that invest aggressively for growth.

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Saving for Retirement
July 2018

Portland, Maine: A Great Place to Retire for Your Health

An old city bounded by water, Portland offers a small-town feel with big-city amenities, like Maine Medical Center.

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Kip Tips
July 2018

RVs for a Dollar a Day

Who says a dollar doesn’t go far? You can rent an RV for as little as a buck a day – and even get free gas.

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Kip Tips
July 2018

Skip the Sales Tax

Save money back-to-school shopping in 17 states with sales tax holidays this summer.

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Travel
July 2018

Watch Out for Online Travel Traps

Travel websites may not give you the full story on costs.

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Travel
June 2018

Expect More Scrutiny From the TSA

Enroll in one of these programs to skip longer lines at airport security.

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Saving for Retirement
April 2018

How Much Can You Contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2018?

The amount workers at small businesses can contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2018 is unchanged from 2017, but there are ways to boost retirement savings.

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Saving for Retirement
April 2018

How Much Can You Contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan in 2018?

Federal workers and military personnel can save up to $18,500 in TSP retirement accounts, $500 more than in 2017. Some savers can make additional catch-up contributions.

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Millennial Money
April 2018

The Risks of Paying Peer to Peer

Fraudsters are using payment apps such as Paypal and Zelle to trick you out of your money.

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Saving for Retirement
March 2018

How Much Can You Contribute to a 457 Plan in 2018?

State and local government workers can contribute $18,500 to 457 plans, up $500 from 2017. Some workers can make additional catch-up contributions.

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Saving for Retirement
March 2018

How Much Can You Contribute to a 403(b) in 2018?

Teachers and nonprofit workers can contribute $18,500 to a 403(b) for 2018, but catch-up contributions and employer contributions can further boost retirement savings.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2018

7 Ways to File Your Taxes Free

There are more ways than ever to prepare and e-file your tax return at no charge. Most of the major tax-software providers offer free versions of their products for taxpayers who file a Form 1040EZ, and ...

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Best Cities, States & Places
March 2018

What's It Going to Cost You to Live There?

Home prices are just one factor you should consider when choosing a city.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2018

Top Tax Software Programs for Your 2017 Tax Return

Late last year, Congress passed legislation that will cut tax rates, limit or eliminate some popular deductions, and double the standard deduction. As a result of the changes, the percentage of taxpayers ...

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Travel
December 2017

It Might Be Time for a New Driver's License

Make sure your ID meets requirements for air travel.

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Kip Tips
November 2017

5 Signs You're Buying a Flood-Damaged Car

A used vehicle with a superlow price may have been submerged in the recent hurricanes.

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Technology
August 2017

Great Apps for Tackling a To-Do List

Too busy to spend time on important but mundane tasks? Your smartphone may be able to help.

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