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Thomas H. Blanton

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Saving for Retirement
July 2018

Lexington, Ky.: A Great Place to Retire for Your Health

In the heart of Kentucky’s bluegrass country, Lexington offers horse culture, Kentucky Wildcats basketball, and plenty of specialists at Baptist Health Lexington.

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Kip Tips
July 2018

Hot Savings on Flights to Hawaii

Catch a flight to Hawaii this fall without emptying your wallet.

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Fund Watch
July 2018

Vanguard to Ditch Commissions on Most ETFs

Starting in August, roughly 1,800 ETFs offered on Vanguard's brokerage platform will be commission-free

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Kip Tips
July 2018

Take Advantage of Airlines' "Stopover" Offers

Visit two cities for the price of one with a free stopover.

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Scams
July 2018

Crooks Using New Schemes to Steal Your Identity

ID thieves are splicing together data from multiple victims, who are often in the dark.

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Millennial Money
May 2018

Best Ways to Pay for Grad School

Getting an advanced degree isn't cheap. But you may not need to go into debt.

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Roth IRAs
April 2018

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

The Roth IRA contribution limit is $5,500. If you are 50 or older, you can save $6,500 including a $1,000 catch-up contribution. Income limits apply.

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IRAs
April 2018

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

The IRA contribution limit is $5,500. If you are age 50 or over, you can contribute an extra $1,000 as a catch-up contribution, for a total of $6,500.

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Saving for Retirement
April 2018

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

The maximum contribution is $55,000, up from $54,000 in 2017 and significantly more than can be saved for retirement in a regular IRA.

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Saving for Retirement
April 2018

How Much Can You Contribute to a Solo 401(k) for 2018?

Some self-employed savers can put away as much as $61,000 for retirement in a solo 401(k), depending on age and compensation.

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Stocks & Bonds
April 2018

Do Consumer Boycotts Affect Stocks?

If history is a guide, gun control advocates and opponents will cancel each other out.

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401(k)s
March 2018

How Much Can You Contribute to a Roth 401(k) for 2018?

The Roth 401(k) contribution limit increased by $500 to $18,500 for 2018. Workers age 50 and older can save an extra $6,000 for retirement.

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401(k)s
March 2018

How Much Can You Contribute to a 401(k) for 2018?

The 401(k) contribution limit increased by $500 to $18,500 for 2018. Workers age 50 and older can save an extra $6,000 for retirement.

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IRAs
March 2018

How Much Can You Contribute to a Traditional IRA for 2017?

The IRA contribution limit is $5,500. If you are age 50 or over, you can contribute an extra $1,000 as a catch-up contribution, for a total of $6,500.

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Roth IRAs
March 2018

How Much Can You Contribute to a Roth IRA for 2017?

The Roth IRA contribution limit is $5,500. If you are 50 or older, you can save $6,500 including a $1,000 catch-up contribution. Income limits apply.

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Buying & Selling a Home
March 2018

Beware Closing Cost Scams

Home buyers are being tricked into wiring their money to crooks.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2018

Money Lessons from Oscars and the Academy Awards

The stage is set for the 90th Academy Awards Sunday, March 4. So let’s roll out the red carpet for some past Oscar winners and contenders that can teach you about money. Here are nine movies that ...

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