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Can I Use Money From My 401(k) for a Down Payment?

I’d like to purchase a new home at the beach that will become my primary residence in about 6 or 7 years when I retire. I’m thinking of taking $200,000 from my 401(k) as a down payment.  I’m not getting the best returns on it anyway as I’ve been...

Should We Buy Life Insurance or Save for College?

My husband and I recently met with an insurance salesman that advised us to purchase several types of life insurance — term and another one. I have life insurance from work and can add my husband to the policy. It’s much more affordable but would...

What Can We Do About My Husband’s Student Loan Debt?

Our family is suffering from my husband's overwhelming student loan debt. He took out a loan for graduate school, and when there were no jobs after graduation, deferred his loan payments then went into forbearance. As a result, his private lender...

Ask an Advisor: How Should I Invest My Divorce Settlement?

Both my lawyer and CDFA advised me to take a lump sum divorce settlement that came from the sale of a rental home my ex-husband and I had in lieu of alimony. I have not invested my money and am not sure what is best (at my age of 56). My CDFA...

I’ve Saved Enough for My Emergency Fund — Now What?

I’m two years out of college with a steady job and am trying to save for a down payment on a house in the next two years. Now that I'm producing income and am able to save, I'm transferring more money to my savings account (which only has a .01%...

Could You Be Owed Money? How to Find Out

A guy at work told me there is a website where I can find money I'm owed that I didn’t even know about. Is this a scam? — Marcy It's hard to believe, but over $40 billion (yes, billion) is sitting in state coffers waiting for you to claim your...

Is Investing in Options Too Risky?

I've heard that options are risky investments. Is that true? How do they work? — Tara, Connecticut  Options have the unfair reputation of being considered riskier than other investment vehicles. For instance, in a book written by a well-respected...

What Are the Most Tax-Advantaged Ways to Save for Retirement?

My husband and I are maxing out our 401(k) and IRA contributions. Are there other tax-advantaged places we could be putting more money away? What options do we have to save more for retirement? We are debt free, with the exception of the...

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