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Rivan V. Stinson

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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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Scams
July 2017

Watch Out for Phony IRS Collectors

As Uncle Sam cracks down on overdue taxes, scammers are moving to cash in.

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Banking
June 2017

Banks Roll Out Cardless ATM Access

Enhanced mobile apps let you withdraw cash with a smartphone.

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Family Finances
March 2017

Why Your Water Bill Is Going Up

Even though we’re using less water, the pipes need fixing, so utilities are charging more.

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Kip Tips
December 2016

Give the Gift of College

Instead of giving kids toys and video games, open a 529 college savings plan or student loan savings account for them and contribute to it.

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Starting Out
November 2016

How $5 and the Stash App Turned Me Into an Investor

Super-low minimums and smartphone accessibility make it easy for young investors to learn the ropes.

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