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Retirement

5 Questions That Can Determine Your Financial Future

Sailing around the world, gardening from sunup to sundown, long walks on the beach... Thinking about retirement can seem surreal and even silly when most of us are so caught up in the day-to-day grind of life. However, it is important to take...

IRA vs. 401(k) - What's the Difference?

Thinking of saving money for your golden years? Good thinking. You’re never too young to start stuffing the coffers. Two popular retirement investment vehicles worth considering are the 401(k) and the traditional IRA (or individual retirement...

Act Your Age: A Decade-by-Decade Guide to Saving

Do you have any regrets about how you’ve prepared for your retirement so far? Noooo, not you, right? But maybe you’ve heard from friends that they’d be in better shape if only they had remembered to set up that 401k their 20s…or continued to save...

Explore the Muni-verse

You’ve probably heard of the phrase “tax-free municipal bonds” and wondered what they are, and whether they have a place in your financial plans. If you are tax-sensitive (i.e. looking to keep taxes low), and seeking to preserve assets while...

Why Your Nest Isn't a Nest Egg

The single worst thing the real estate boom did to average Americans was creating a fantasy that you could count on your home equity as part of your retirement plan. But national average home prices have fallen almost 40% since 2008—putting a...

The Female Financial Paradox

This week’s TIME cover feature explores an amazing phenomenon: Women could soon outpace men as the primary household earners.  What they’ve missed is the powerful, but sadder story within this trend: Female breadwinners may be on the rise, but...

Don't Follow the Rules

Time was when retirement seemed almost predictable: 65 was the golden year; you adjusted your portfolio according the classic 100-minus-your-age formulation, and so on. Do any of the old rules still apply in this crazy new economy? While it’s...

Are You Two in Sync About Retirement?

My husband and I have mused about where we’d like to retire for most of our 22-year marriage. Cape Cod so he can spend his time deep-sea fishing? A pied-à-terre in New York, where we lived when we were first married? Or perhaps Napa Valley so we...

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