estate planning
If you answered yes to this question, then you need to pay attention to estate planning. Nearly everyone has an estate—regardless of how large or small. It’s made up of everything you own—home, car, savings account, investments, etc. And one of the costliest and most disruptive things you can do to your family is leave […]
Tax-loss harvesting
It’s that time of the year to take a good look at your investment portfolio and evaluate what went right and what went wrong during the past twelve months. If you’re like most investors, you will have both winners and losers. The good news is that, through tax-loss harvesting, you can turn losing positions into […]
charitable donations
The holidays are a popular time for charitable donations. With so many charities to choose from, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your donation is well spent. Here are six tips that can help you make smart and effective charitable donations. 1. Choose your charities wisely Choosing worthy organizations that support the causes […]
401(k) catch-up
A recent survey of baby boomers (ages 53 to 69) found that just 24% were confident they would have enough money to last throughout retirement. Forty-five percent had no retirement savings at all, and of those who did have savings, 42% had saved less than $100,000.1 Your own savings may be on more solid ground, but […]
Money Philosophies
My husband and I will celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary on October 1. All and all, we’ve had a smooth marriage without too many bumps in the road. We’ve had the typical challenges with family, kids and careers, and what married woman can’t relate to Pink’s song True Love, but one of the things that […]
When is 100K Not 100K
You’ve heard the old jokes “When is a door not a door?” … “When it’s ajar.” or “When is a car not a car?”… “When it turns into a driveway?” Well, I’ve got a new one for you: “When is $100,000 not $100,000?” The answer? “When it turns into a marital asset to be divided […]
Spending Unconsciously
During the early months following the 2008 stock market crash, talk shows were full of all kinds of conversations about how to cope with the crisis if you’d lost your job, had to foreclose on your house, found yourself unable to pay your credit card balances, etc. That was the first time I heard the […]
How to Eat Through Your Money
Here’s a confession: I hate to plan meals. I mean, I REALLY hate to plan meals. There, I said it. Planning meals for our family of five is the bane of my existence. Maybe I’m being too dramatic about this issue, but really. Why do I have to be the one person who’s responsible for […]

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