Basics of Money

Dodging Airline Fees the Hard Way

Fees for everything from checked baggage to a few extra inches of legroom account for a generous portion of airline revenue. In 2013, U.S. airlines pulled in $3.4 billion, or 1.7% of total operating revenue, in...

New Rules for (Some) Flexible Spending Accounts

I heard that employers can now let people roll over $500 in their medical flexible spending accounts to the next year, rather than lose it all at the end of the year. Do all plans let you do this? No. FSA plans...

Tax Savings for Affluent Families

Upper-income taxpayers should make these moves throughout the year to keep their bill low at tax time. Here are the areas where you should look for savings: Work Give yourself a raise. If you got a big tax...

Do-It-Yourself Retirement Plans

When you work for a company with a retirement plan, setting aside money for retirement is easy. You do a little paperwork and decide how much of your salary you can afford to defer each pay period. But when...

Your Parents' Income and Assets

Find out as much as you can about their sources of income, their assets and their debts. Do they have enough income to do what they want to do? Are they making the most of their assets, or might they benefit from...

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? Michael Furois, a financial planner in Chesterton, Ind., has heard plenty of complaints from clients who...

What Kind of Life Insurance Should You Buy?

Life insurance companies are brilliant at devising new kinds of policies. But try to remember that whatever the name on the policy -- universal life, variable life, Irresistible Life, Irreplaceable Life, The...

What to Know About Preferred-Provider...

In the 1970s, preferred-provider organizations (PPOs) began changing the rules of fee-for-service care. PPOs steer employees to cooperating doctors and hospitals that have agreed to a predetermined plan for...

What to Consider When Picking a Plan

If you have a choice of health plans, the one you select depends on what is most important to you. For a lot of people, cost is top on the list of things that matter when picking a plan. But you shouldn't just...

What to Know About Fee-for-Service Health Plans

Under fee-for-service, you choose the doctor or the hospital or the clinic, and the insurance pays for part or all of the cost according to a schedule laid out in the policy. The "Blues" -- Blue Cross and Blue...

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10 Great Dividend Stocks to Own in Retirement

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6 Costly Airline Fees -- and How to Avoid Them

If the airlines' frequent fee hikes weren't bad enough, now the government is raising a fee that will...