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How We Saved $300,000

Let’s face it, saving money is hard. It requires discipline and determination on an ongoing basis. According to a recent survey by TIAA-CREF, only 56 percent of women express confidence that they're saving enough for retirement, compared to 65...

How to Build Wealth at Every Stage of Your Life

While staying healthy may not always be easy, at least there’s a checklist of steps you can take to skew the odds in your favor. Your doctor — not to mention, any number of reputable health sites — can tell you exactly what to do, and when to do...

Ask an Advisor: How Do I Create a Retirement Savings Plan?

My husband and I are in our late thirties, and we're not sure how much we should be saving for retirement. How can we estimate what we'll need and how much we should be putting aside each year to cover it? We both want to retire in our sixties. —...

The Costliest Mistakes You Can Make on Your Taxes

What if just a few hours — or even minutes — of effort could result in hundreds, maybe even thousands, more dollars in your bank account? You’d make the effort, right?   Well, maybe. At tax time each year, many of us take shortcuts or overlook...

How a Whiteboard Put Me in the Black

The secret I learned at 15 that helped me succeed in business in my thirties.

7 Warning Signs You’re In Financial Trouble

I vividly remember being in my kitchen a couple years ago and having to decide between two bills to pay: our mortgage or day care. My husband has recently gotten laid off for the second time in four years, and in the meantime, we had doubled our...

Ask an Advisor: What Is the Inheritance Tax?

What is the inheritance tax? Receiving an inheritance usually comes with paying an inheritance tax, depending on where you live or where the deceased lived. An inheritance tax is a state tax (or county tax, in one case) imposed on beneficiaries...

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...

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