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What You Need To Know About Target-Date Funds

Do target-date funds represent smart choices, or just convenient ones? These funds have become ubiquitous in employer-sponsored retirement plans and their popularity has soared in the past decade. According to Morningstar, net inflows into target-date funds tripled during 2007-13. Asset … Continue reading

What To Do With Your Tax Refund

Should your refund be spent? In 2014, more than 109 million tax filers received federal tax refunds, with the average refund at $2,792. What happens to that money? According to H&R Block’s Tax Institute, little of it is saved or … Continue reading

Why You Need to Check Up on Your Retirement Strategy

Motivational speaker Denis Waitley once remarked, “You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.” That statement certainly applies to retirement planning. Your effort must not waver, yet you must also examine it from time to … Continue reading

The Basics of Medicare

Whether your 65th birthday is on the horizon or decades away, you should understand the parts of Medicare – what they cover, and where they come from. Parts A & B: Original Medicare. America created a national health insurance program … Continue reading

How Women Can Save More for Retirement

Numerous articles have mentioned the obstacles women can face as they save for retirement. Turning from the negative, here are some positive factors that may help women save more.  Financial literacy. Learning about investing, retirement topics and the markets is … Continue reading

The Psychology of Saving & Spending

Why do some households save more than others? Building household savings may depend not only on cash flow, but also on psychology. With the right outlook, saving becomes a commitment. With a less positive outlook, it becomes a task – … Continue reading

How to Get Rid of Debt

As the Great Recession faded, American household debt gradually decreased. In fact, it declined by $1 trillion between mid-2008 and mid-2014, according to the Federal Reserve. Now household debt is increasing once more. The Fed found it climbing by $78 … Continue reading

Top Tax Frauds to Watch Out For

Have you heard of the “dirty dozen?” Each year, the IRS lists the top 12 recurring federal tax offenses – frauds, cheats, feints and schemes that ethically challenged taxpayers, tax preparers and crooks try to perpetrate. Watch for these scams … Continue reading

How To Save Taxes In Retirement

Will you pay higher taxes in retirement? Do you have a lot of money in a 401(k) or a traditional IRA? If so, you may receive significant retirement income. Those income distributions, however, will be taxed at the usual rate. … Continue reading

A Brief Rundown of 1099 Forms

There are 17 types of 1099 forms, and you may have received one or more of them in the mail. Here’s a brief rundown of what they report. 1099-A. This form is a consequence of foreclosure or bank repossession of … Continue reading