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Own a Home? 4 Things to Know About Filing Your 2017 Taxes

Don't be confused by the latest tax changes. It's last year's rules you'll be following when you file your return this year.<p>You may have heard that …

Personal Finance

8 Smart Things You Can Do With $1,000 Right Now

Some of them may surprise you.<p>So, you've gotten a $1,000 bonus or tax refund, or you managed to save up $1,000 through hard work. Great news -- but …

Personal Finance

How to Save $1 Million for Retirement -- When You Have Nothing Saved by Age 50

Believe it or not, it can be done.<p>It's no secret that Americans on a whole are mostly unprepared for retirement -- but sadly, that includes those who …

Retirement

How getting married can mess up your Social Security

You may want to rethink that second walk down the aisle if you are approaching retirement, and counting on income from Social Security.<p>If you're eligible to collect benefits on your ex-spouse's record, you will no longer be eligible for those benefits if you remarry.<p>That rule, plus others, is one …

Retirement

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Before Retirement?

It's generally smart to enter retirement debt-free. But if getting there means accelerating a mortgage, there are some drawbacks you should be aware …

Retirement

3 Reasons It's Dumb to Take Social Security Benefits at 70

Here are some solid reasons many people shouldn't delay collecting Social Security. There are a few cases where delaying can make sense, though. See …

Social Security

The Tax Deduction You Can't Afford to Miss | Investopedia

After 14 years of experience reviewing tax returns, I have seen five clients in a row miss the general sales tax deduction on line 5b of their …

What is a ‘death clean’ and why should you do it?

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>The phrase “death cleaning” may sound jarring to unaccustomed ears, but the concept makes …

3 Retirement Rules Everyone Should Follow

It requires a little planning, but your future self will thank you for following these key retirement rules.<p>About one in four 65-year-olds today will …

21 Money Moves For A Wealthier Life In 2018

It’s that time of year when we all have good intentions. Whether it’s eating less or exercising more, we set out to make improvements in the New Year only to struggle to keep our resolve as the year progresses. When it comes to personal finances, it’s no different. With that in mind, here is a menu …

Retirement

How To Get Your Engagement Ring Properly Insured

Engagement rings may no longer be required to cost three months' worth of income, but they are still pretty expensive. It might be the last thing on …

3 Retirement Accounts That May Be Better Than a 401k

If you don't have a 401k, don't fret -- these other retirement accounts can actually be a better deal.<p>The 401(k) is often considered the pinnacle of …

4 Basic Calculations Reveal the State of Your Finances

A few simple math problems to measure your financial health.<p>An older survey revealed that almost 40% of Americans described math as their least …

The 18 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2018

And we're not even counting highly anticipated returning shows like 'Westworld,' '13 Reasons Why' and 'The Handmaid's Tale.'<p>Breaking through in a …

Your Savings Account RIGHT NOW Will Tell You What Age You'll Retire

If you save $10,000 annually you can become a millionaire in 30 years, no matter your age.<p>Conventional wisdom tells us that the sooner you start saving for retirement, the sooner you can retire. Unfortunately, that's sometimes easier said than done. After all, life has a habit having constantly …

Marie Kondo: Why a tidier life is a richer — and happier — one

You might already realize excessive belongings, messy habits and a disorderly home can drain away cash and valuable time. But fixing these problems — …

9 Things Real Estate Agents Don't Want You to Know

One of them could save you thousands -- and another could cost you big-time.<p>In 2016, close to 5.5 million homes -- including single-family dwellings, …

Real Estate

Here's How Americans Are Defining Success -- and Why They're Getting It Wrong

There are different ways to measure financial success. Unfortunately, most of us are missing one key aspect of it.<p>We all want to do well financially, …

What to Do With Your 401(k) When You Retire

And what you shouldn't do, too.<p>By the time you're ready to leave the working world for good, you may have quite a balance saved up in your 401(k). …

New Ratings Reveal Top-Tier Car Insurance Companies

With the price of automobile coverage rising four times faster than the overall rate of inflation, now more than ever you want to get the best …

Health Care

3 Retirement Statistics That Should Scare You

Why is $1,386 such a frightening number for retirees?<p>No matter how old you are, retirement is probably on your mind. This doesn't mean spending your …

Retirement

What the 4% Rule Means to You

The 4% rule is a great guideline to help you build and execute your retirement plan.<p>The 4% rule is a key rule-of-thumb guideline in retirement …

Tips from Real Estate Insiders on Selling Your Home

While many Americans consider selling their home an emotional experience, in actuality it's not - selling your home is a business transaction and …

Form a Revocable Trust to Avoid Probate of Your Property

One of the primary purposes of forming a revocable living trust is to avoid probate. Making a trust isn't all that complicated to accomplish, and you …

These 4 Choices Can Mess Up Your Financial Future

Confessions from a former financial caseworker.<p>Why are some people always strapped for cash while others have money in the bank and are maxing out …

15 Smart Things You Can Do With $1,000 Right Now

Deploying $1,000 in any of these ways (or several of them!) can make a meaningful difference in your life -- financially or otherwise.<p>A thousand …

Investing

3 hard decisions about aging you must make before someone does it for you

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Sometimes, growing older feels like one loss after another. No longer being able to drive …

Retirement

Disaster Planning: 5 Things to Put in Your Financial Emergency Kit

When a natural disaster strikes, having these five things on hand could save you a lot of time, money, and peace of mind.<p>Hurricane Harvey's …

Why You Should Consider a Mortgage Recast

Mortgage recasting is one way to reduce your monthly mortgage payments. It’s less common than refinancing or modifying a loan, and it’s rarely …

Personal Finance

Mega Millions, Powerball top $300 million each: Here's how to stay anonymous if you win

Someone may be starting the new year a whole lot richer.<p>That’s because we have something that’s only happened once before — the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are each over $300 million.<p>Those are a far cry from last year's record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, but as lotto fever …