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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%...

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...

How – and Why – I Saved $1 Million

It was six weeks before my wedding, and I was preparing a spreadsheet that listed all my assets for the prenuptial agreement my fiancé and I had agreed to sign. (It was his second marriage and my first.)  I carefully listed each account: the two...

CPA, CFP or CFA? How to Find the Right Financial Pro

If you’re not a CPA, CFA, CFP or another of the myriad acronyms used to identify financial professionals, those extra letters after someone’s name can get confusing, quick. But when you’re looking for help with financial matters, it’s important...

The Best Returns You'll Ever Get on Your Money

When you think of investing, you probably envision checking a box on your 401(k) paperwork or clicking some buttons on an online trading platform. These are important ways to invest, of course, but there’s more to it than that. Whether you’d call...

Crowdfunding Your Big Idea

To the surprise and delight of entrepreneurs everywhere, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) last week accelerated their proposal on Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act under chairman Mary Jo White. What’s the...

5 Places to Invest Internationally Now

Traditionally, most American investors have invested in American companies. But in today’s global marketplace, investors who stay strictly focused on U.S.-based investments may be missing out on opportunities for higher returns. Stocks in some...

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