Basics of Money

Make a Plan for Your Retirement Savings

How do you come up with the right amount to divert to your 401(k) plan?Financial planners have traditionally estimated that retirees need 80% or more of preretirement income to maintain their standard of living,...

What to Ask Before Buying an Annuity

Heard the stories about people who are sold an annuity but later aren't sure what they've invested in? SEE ALSO: Special Report on Understanding Annuities Michael Furois, a financial planner in Chesterton, Ind.,...

Putting Your Trust in Trusts

What is a trust? Essentially, it is an arrangement whereby you give assets to a legal entity (the trust) created in a separate agreement to be administered by an individual or institutional trustee for a...

Tapping Your IRA in Retirement

Deductible IRAs With a traditional IRA, once you reach age 59½, the threat of the 10% penalty disappears. You can withdraw as much from your regular IRAs as you want, penalty-free. Cash coming out...

The Etiquette of Fundraising

Lending your financial support to worthy causes feels good - until you feel sapped by frequent requests. Learn how to decline a request or solicit donations from others without overstepping boundaries, and give...

Mid Year Strategies to Cut Your 2016 Tax Bill

Okay, the pain of tax-return time should be subsiding. And it's months before you need to start thinking about year-end maneuvering to give yourself the upper hand over Uncle Sam next spring. But rather than...

7 Good Reasons to Change Your Will

After you've created your will and an estate plan, you'll most likely need to revisit them at key points in your life as your circumstances change.1. You Get Married Your new spouse doesn't automatically become...

20 Best Travel Sites to Save You Money

Feeling too pinched by the ever-troubled economy to travel? You can still find good deals to get away -- if you know where to go online first. Here are the best travel sites we've found to help you bag the best...

9 Secrets to Better Credit

Credit is complicated and, sometimes, counterintuitive. For example, being debt-free can result in a dismal credit score, and having high limits on your credit cards may boost your score despite the extra...

When and How to Hire a Tax Pro

Tax software does a good job of breaking down tax preparation into manageable bites. It will alert you to money-saving breaks, flag potential errors, do the math and let you e-file your return. And if your...

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