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A Fruitful Retirement: Social Security Benefit

A Fruitful Retirement: Social Security Benefit

Taking your Social Security benefits at the right time may help maximize your benefit.

Will Power

Will Power

Preparing for the eventual distribution of your assets may not sound enticing. But a will puts the power in your hands.

Social Security Benefits: How Much Will I Receive

Social Security Benefits: How Much Will I Receive

Calculating your potential Social Security benefit is a three-step process.

 

Required Reading: The Economic Report of the President

The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving — or dragging — the economy.

How to Appeal Your Property Taxes

For homeowners who think their property taxes are too high, there are ways to appeal.

The Economic Journey of Your Morning Coffee

Few contemplate the complex journey that brought their coffee from farm to kitchen table.

Insurance Needs Assessment: When You're Newly Married

Marriage changes everything, including your insurance needs.

Critical Estate Documents

Sound estate management includes creating financial and healthcare documents. Here's an inside look.

Does Your Child Need to File an Income Tax Return?

When your child has income, there’s a good chance that he or she will need to report it and pay taxes.

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What Is My Life Expectancy?

Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children.

Social Security Taxes

Estimate how much of your Social Security benefit may be considered taxable.

Saving for College

This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.

What Is the Dividend Yield?

This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.

Roth 401(k) vs. Traditional 401(k)

This calculator compares employee contributions to a Roth 401(k) and a traditional 401(k).

Historical Inflation

This calculator shows how inflation over the years has impacted purchasing power.

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Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

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Women and Retirement

Women are great at multi-tasking. But many drop the ball when preparing for retirement.

The New Wild West: Bitcoin

Bitcoin’s future is uncertain, but one thing is for sure: it’s the wild west out there, and there is no sheriff in town.

Bursting the Bubble

Tulips were the first, but won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?

Ready for Retirement?

Are you ready for retirement? Here are five words you should consider.

The Cost of Procrastination

Procrastination can be costly. When you get a late start, it may be difficult to make up for lost time.

Perception vs. Reality

There’s an alarming difference between perception and reality for current and future retirees.

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