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What Is the Alternative Minimum Tax?

What is the alternative minimum tax, and how do I know if I owe it? The alternative minimum tax, or AMT, is an income tax levied by the U.S. government on certain individuals, corporations, estates and trusts and was intended to prevent wealthier...

What Lifestyle Can You Afford on $50,000?

Median household income in the United States has hovered just over $50,000 for the past few years, according to research from the U.S. Census Bureau. But $50,000 a year may translate into a completely different lifestyle in Oklahoma City than it...

Ask an Advisor: How Much House Can I Afford?

I’m about to start house hunting for my very first home. But before I do, I’m curious: How much house can I afford?  The most dangerous thing you can do when house hunting is to not know how much you can afford ahead of time. This is because your...

5 Quick Tips to Haggling Your Ideal Mortgage Rate

My friend is currently over the moon because she just managed to snag what in her words is an "optimal interest rate" for her new home. She shared with me a couple of tips, which I thought were extremely helpful. For those of you looking to...

15 Tax-Saving Steps to Take Now

With the end of the year quickly approaching, you are probably focused on finalizing travel plans and squeezing in last-minute holiday shopping. There’s a good chance that the last thing on your mind is tax planning. However, now is the time to...

Peek Inside Her Portfolio: How I’ll Retire by 50

“Peek Inside Her Portfolio” looks beyond charts and formulas to explore how real women are (really) planning for retirement. Erica is a 39-year-old single woman who will be eligible for retirement from her job as a firefighter in 11 years. But...

6 Tax Tips For the Divorced

Statistically speaking, about half of marriages in the US end in divorce. This means that it's a reality that many people face. You have to deal with a lot during a divorce, not to mention more complicated paperwork during tax time. Read these...

Ask an Advisor: What’s the Difference Between Being Pre-Qualified and Pre-Approved for a Mortgage?

Many homebuyers are easily misled by lenders who pre-qualify them for a loan only to later deny them after they make an offer on a home they really can’t afford. Understanding the difference between pre-qualification and pre-approval is...

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