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Personal Finances

Personal finance is one of the most important aspects of living in the modern world. Too often ordinary people fail to learn about the opportunities that can most benefit them or follow the events that directly affect their personal finances. Although estate plans, insurance, 401(k)s and IRAs don’t elicit much excitement, when managed properly, they give us the financial freedom to do what we love.

Uncover new strategies to manage your personal finances and secure your financial future. Below, you’ll find a collection of great tips on estate planning, protecting your retirement savings, avoiding common tax mistakes, and much more. For more exceptional tips and strategies on balancing your portfolio and protecting your wealth, check out our free stock diversification and advanced asset allocation report.

Two Ways to Save for College

The 529 Plan and the Coverdell ESA are two tax-advantaged education saving plans available for Americans. There are some key differences between the two plans. Understanding their pros and cons can help you determine which plan better fits your needs.

A High-Octane Seduction

Premium gas won’t add zip to most engines, and in fact can hurt fuel economy.

If You Think Congress is Ticked Off About Wells Fargo …

Two weeks ago we criticized the appalling lack of accountability by senior management at Wells Fargo (“Wells Fargo Sins, But…”). Looks as though others agree with me. Just yesterday Wells CEO John Stumpf morphed from bank executive into a blue-suited, silver-haired piñata before the House Financial Services Committee. And not only has the company come under fire from Congress, […]

Important, New Protections for Investors

This week the U.S. Labor Department issued new regulations that mandate your financial advisor to conform to a “fiduciary standard” when recommending investment products for retirement plans.Unlike the previous standard of “suitability”, which only required that a recommended product not be inappropriate for a client, a fiduciary level of responsibility requires that only the single […]

Closing the Door to Your Greatest Fraud Risk

Your greatest risk of being scammed or having your identity stolen might be one you don’t suspect. The big headlines in the past were generated when information thieves accessed the databases of major retailers or other well-known businesses. But those headlines are changing.

Medicare Myths and Mistakes

Medicare and medical expenses are among the most misunderstood parts of retirement and retirement spending. It’s no wonder that the leading cause of financial difficulties in retirement often is cited as medical expenses that aren’t covered by insurance or Medicare.

Reviewing Your Estate Plan Essentials

You need a complete, up-to-date estate plan now more than ever, regardless of the value of your estate. Because few estates will face a federal tax burden, we can focus on the real issues of estate planning. Failure to have a plan or to have a quality, updated plan likely will lead to dissipation of much of your lifetime’s wealth by forces other than federal taxes.

Making Smarter Gifts to Family Members

Giving gifts isn’t as easy as one might think. Watching every gift is the tax man, looking to take a piece of it. Even if your estate isn’t likely to be taxable, taxes still are a concern when making gifts.

Higher Returns on Safe Money Plus Long-Term Care Benefits

Most of you have a slug of “safe money” on which you’d like to earn a higher return without risking your principal. You’d also like a way to help pay for any long-term care expenses you incur. There are tools to help you reach both goals.

Making Your Most Important Decision

Selecting the executor of your estate or a trustee is one of the most important decisions in estate planning. Bob discusses the factors in that decision.Selecting the executor of your estate or a trustee is one of the most important decisions in estate planning. We’re going to discuss the factors in that decision.

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