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The Cost of Procrastination

The Cost of Procrastination

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

You May Need to Make Estimated Tax Payments If…

You May Need to Make Estimated Tax Payments If…

Have income that isn’t subject to tax withholding? Or insufficient withholdings? You may have to pay estimated taxes.

The Power of Compound Interest

The Power of Compound Interest

Learn how to harness the power of compound interest for your investments.

 

TIPS for Inflation

If you are concerned about inflation and expect short-term interest rates may increase, TIPS could be worth considering.

All Muni Bonds Are Not Created Equal

Gaining a better understanding of municipal bonds makes more sense than ever.

The New Red Scare: Chinese Ownership of U.S. Debt

China owns a portion of the total outstanding debt of the U.S. Government. What does it mean?

Your Changing Definition of Risk in Retirement

A change in your mindset during retirement may drive changes to your portfolio.

Should You Choose a Fixed or Variable?

When selecting a mortgage, one of the most critical choices is between a fixed or variable interest-rate mortgage.

Four Great, Unexpected Places to Raise a Family

Here are 4 great, and sometimes unexpected, places to raise a family.

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Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.

Inflation & Retirement

Estimate how much income may be needed at retirement to maintain your standard of living.

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

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

Home Mortgage Deduction

Use this calculator to assess the potential benefits of a home mortgage deduction.

Tax Freedom Day

Assess how many days you'll work to pay your federal tax liability.

How Compound Interest Works

Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.

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Investment Strategies for Retirement

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

Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

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

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

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

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A Fruitful Retirement: Social Security Benefit

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

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.

Your DNA Test

If your family relies on your income, it’s critical to know what their needs would be in the event of your death.

Bursting the Bubble

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

Should I Invest In REITs?

Are Real Estate Investment Trusts right for your portfolio?

What to Do When You Lose Your Wallet

Ever lost your wallet? Frustrating. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself safe.

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