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Tips for Picking a Financial Adviser

Women need to get the max from their money to cover longer lifespans and the occasional career hiatus. "But I don't have that kind of money!" you might say. These days, getting the help of a pro doesn't have to cost much. Investing in one hour...

Why is Rolling Over My 401k So Doggone Tough?

I’ve been meaning to roll over my 401k ever since I left my job in 2008. Like many financial chores, it seemed like a pain—even though every personal finance expert makes it sound like rollovers are a snap. News flash: They’re wrong. First, the...

Pay It Forward on Tax Day

Getting your returns files is one reason to look forward to tax day. But it’s a major money day for another reason—it’s the last day you can contribute to your traditional or Roth IRA. That’s right, Uncle Sam kindly gives you until tax day to max...

Tax Time Treasure Hunt

Tempted to simplify your taxes by taking the standard deduction? Don’t write off the possibility of itemizing just yet. It could save you heaps of cash. The standard deduction is the amount you can deduct from your income pretty much...

Cope with a Tax Crunch

Tax day may be delayed until April 18th this year, but millions of Americans still won’t file on time, studies show. If you can predict that you’re going to be late (again) this year—if you lack the time or info to do your taxes, or if you don’t...

Don’t Pick the Right Stock

When you’re thinking about what should go into your retirement portfolio, ideally, it’s all too easy to get the order wrong, and focus on the investments first. Which mutual funds should I pick? Which bond funds? Which stocks are the best? In...

Get a Tax Credit for Saving

It sounds crazy, but you could potentially get a chunk off your tax bill just for having contributed to your retirement plan in 2012. Although most people are unaware of the so-called Savers Credit, according to a recent Transamerica survey, it...

Should You Convert?

What's the big mystery around Roth IRA conversions this year? Not only were the income caps lifted this year—a big deal for those with a modified adjusted gross income of more than $100,000—if you convert to a Roth by December 31, 2010, you don't...

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