Basics of Money

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...

What to Ask a Financial Adviser

Financial advisers and planners attend seminars and classes and read books so they can learn how to win your business or, if you're already their client, to "deepen the relationship." The customary procedure is...

Understanding Capital Gains and Losses

What's a Capital Gain? A capital gain is what the tax law calls the profit when you sell a capital asset, which is property such as stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares or property. The profit is your gain over...

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...

Refinancing Your Home

If you have equity in your home and haven't bothered to refinance at today's low rates, it's not too late to save. (In mid February 2015, the national average 30-year fixed rate was 3.6% and the 15-year fixed...

If Downsizing, Consider How You'll Finance a...

The kids are safely out on their own and retirement is at hand. If you're planning to sell your now oversized home for something smaller and easier to maintain, the first issue you'll need to tackle is how you'll...

Pick the Right Mortgage

If you're in the market for a mortgage, you'll want to hunt for the best loan -- interest rate, points, closing (processing) costs and, on adjustable mortgages, the most favorable adjustment features. However,...

How to Deal With a Down-Payment

Considering a home purchase? Ideally, you'll want to put 20% down toward a new home so you can avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI), which protects the lender's interest if you can't make your payments...

When to Seek Help With Your Investments

In a perfect world, everyone would make his or her own investing decisions. After all, no one knows you better than you do. Plus, being a do-it-yourself investor means you don't have to pay someone else to invest...

5 Easy Ways to Track Your Stocks

If you don't follow stocks for a living, you probably don't have the luxury (or connections) to be super-vigilant when it comes to tracking your investments. Still, there are plenty of online resources that can...

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