Divorce
Divroce Planning

Getting a Divorce Financially Prepare Yourself

Last Updated: May 11, 2009 When it comes to life events, few can compare with divorce. With a divorce, your life gets turned upside down with...

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buying a home
Homebuyer Finance

Financial Planning for First-Time Homebuyers

You’ve learned plenty of consumer lessons haggling with automobile dealers to buy a car, reckoning with rental apartment leases and landlords,...

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Retirement
retirement planning

Retirement Goals Start at the Beginning

A number of recent surveys indicate that many people no longer view 65 as a realistic retirement age and believe that they may find themselves...

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Investment
choice overload

Choice Overload and Analysis Paralysis

Do you like having a lot of options to choose from on a restaurant menu? Or, do too many choices make it harder to make your decision? If you...

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Divorce
Women Divorce

The Financial Challenges of Divorce and Widowhood

As if the profound emotional strain and upheaval from divorce or the death of a spouse weren’t enough, many newly independent women also find...

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Caring for a Loved One
Disability Insurance

Disability Income Insurance Checklist

When asked the question “what is your biggest asset”, most people will say “my house” or “my retirement plan.” But the truth is that our...

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College
Funding surprise

The College Funding Surprise

Much has been written in this space and many others about the ins and outs and ups and downs of college planning. Information is available...

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Investment

Snowflakes

I’m not a very sappy person, which is to say I don’t typically wear my emotions on my sleeve. But upon some recent reflection and experiences...

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Losing a Home
refinancing

Thinking of Refinancing

While no one can count on rate forecasts, the prospect of lower mortgage rates should have borrowers  thinking about taking advantage of cuts...

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Retirement
benefit pension plan

Decisions Decisions

Imagine for a moment that you are one of the few lucky people in America still covered by a defined benefit pension plan. Now imagine that you...

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Investment
Tips to Help in a Recession

5 Steps for Dealing with Recession

The economic news of late does not seem supportive of a rapid economic rebound. In fact, for a growing number of individuals there is concern...

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Savings
summer vacation

For a Summer Vacation to Savor Start Saving Now

The calendar says it’s only March, yet there you are, sitting in your office, daydreaming about summer vacation possibilities. Will it be the...

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Caring for a loved one
support parents children

Financial Stress of Supporting Parents AND Children

Talk about pressure. Many Baby Boomers and Generation Xers are feeling it from multiple directions — from a sense of obligation to help their...

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Starting a New Job
College to Employment

The Transition from College to Employment – A Checklist

The transition from college to full-time employment can be a chaotic one. It means the end of one life-phase and the beginning of another — a...

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Insurance
Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform and You

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA, has many facets to it and its implementation will be done over several years....

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Credit Repair
Debt and Purchases

The Hidden Debt

It seems that we cannot turn on the TV, pick up a newspaper, or click an Internet link without being bombarded with discussions of debt. In...

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Divorce
international divorce

Financial Planning Insights for International Divorce

Financial planning for you and your family’s future livelihood is a prodigious challenge in the process of international divorce — an option...

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Getting Married
stepfamily planning

Yours Mine And Ours-Stepfamily Finances Require Plenty Of Planning

When two people with kids decide to get married, the emotional side of the equation is already complicated.  How will the kids get along under...

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Investment
base rate neglect

Base Rate Neglect Help Yourself by Knowing the Odds

Behavioral finance is the study of the emotional and cognitive biases that can lead to irrational financial decisions. While behavioral finance...

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Saving
Travelling Tips

Tips to Take Your International Travel Dollar Further

Trailblazing travel writer Eugene Fodor once said, “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” As true as that statement may be, taking a trip...

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Starting a Family
Adopted Baby

Thinking About Adoption-Plan Your Finances First

Adopting a child is one of the biggest decisions you may ever make. It can also be a shockingly expensive decision that will have a huge effect...

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Investment
against the crowd

The Fear and Pain of Going Against the Crowd

It is no secret that many of the world’s best investors are contrarians who are known for their ability to think independently and avoid the...

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Credit Repair
improving credit

Steps to improve credit

Now that you are familiar with your credit report, you can start working to improve it. Once a creditor reports negative information to a...

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saving
Financial Millennials

Ten Wise Financial Planning Moves for Millennials

As busy as they are building careers, starting families and carving out a niche in the world, the importance of financial planning early in...

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College
college children

Money Matters for College Bound Children

How can you prepare and guide your children with their money management responsibilities before they leave for college and pursue their...

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College
student finances

Teach Your Children About Finances

Students can help minimize the cost of college by managing their finances wisely. Prepare a realistic budget with your child before he or she...

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Investment
withdrawal penalty

Exceptions to the Early Withdrawal Penalty

Sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan, and sometimes what we’ve set aside for retirement must be used earlier than expected due to a job...

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Getting Married
Financially Smart Sweetheart

6 Ways to be a Financially Smart Sweetheart

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the heat-of-the-moment urge might be to splurge — to buy something expensive for that special someone, even...

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Starting a Family
Parents and Baby

Helping Parents Put Their Finances in For A Baby Arrival

Among all of life’s momentous occasions, having a baby is about as big as it gets. Given the sheer magnitude of the occasion and all the new...

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Investment
Paying advisors

What exactly are you paying your advisors

Many investors would agree that minimizing investment cost is one of the basic tenets of sound investing, and critical to achieving long-term...

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