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HOT TOPIC: What Does a Strong Dollar Mean for the U.S. Economy?
This article looks at why the dollar is surging and how the strong dollar may affect U.S. consumers, businesses, and the broader economy.
Famous People Who Died Without Proper Planning
Think celebrities are way ahead of the curve when it comes to planning their estates? Many have died with no or inadequate estate plans.
Retirement Savings in a Volatile Market
Emotional reactions can be an enemy of sound investing. This article offers perspective and strategies that may help investors stay the course.
New Life for Your Old Insurance Policy
Did you know that there are alternatives to abandoning or surrendering current life insurance coverage? Learn more in this article.
Virtual Health Care Is Here to Stay
Telehealth skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to be popular. This article looks at the potential benefits of virtual health care.
How Funding an HSA Could Help Strengthen Your Retirement Strategy
Discover how a well-managed health savings account can help you pay current and future medical bills as well as prepare for retirement.
HOT TOPIC: CHIPS and Science Act Aims to Preserve U.S. Technology Edge
This article discusses the CHIPS and Science Act’s key provisions, as the U.S. strives to reduce its reliance on semiconductors produced overseas.
Passive, Active, or Both?
Index funds or traditional actively managed funds: Which approach, or both, is most effective?
How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?
Three approaches to help determine an appropriate amount of life insurance coverage that can help meet changing financial needs.
Building Financial Resilience
Steps to be better positioned for turbulent events such as inflation, roller-coaster markets, and global events — and hopefully emerge even stronger.
Donor-Advised Funds Combine Charitable Impact with Tax Benefits
This article discusses how a donor-advised fund might be used to time charitable contributions for tax purposes or to gift appreciated assets.
Small Businesses Are Short-Staffed and Overwhelmed
The pandemic kicked off a severe labor shortage. What can small-business owners do if they are struggling to meet staffing needs?
HOT TOPIC: Unpacking the Inflation Reduction Act: What’s in It?
This article provides an overview of provisions that could affect consumers and businesses, including clean energy tax credits, Medicare changes, and new corporate taxes.
Dividends for Income and Total Returns
Dividend investing can be a dependable source of income for retirees and others. This article provides an overview.
What the Red-Hot Job Market Means for Workers
A discussion of the dynamics of the current job market — one that is quite possibly the most worker-friendly in many years.
Preparing for a Natural Disaster
Here are some tips to help homeowners protect their properties and evacuate safely in the event of a natural disaster.
How Life Insurance Could Help Mitigate Taxes in Retirement
A permanent life policy can be used to help supplement retirement income, pay for long-term care services, or leave a tax-free legacy.
Diversifying Your Portfolio with International Flair
Do you know the benefits and risks of investing in foreign markets using international mutual funds or ETFs? Find out in this article.
HOT TOPIC: Is the U.S. Economy in a Recession?
This article looks at how a recession is officially determined and some current indicators that suggest strength or weakness in the U.S. economy.
Inflation Protection for Investment Dollars
Did you know that Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) can help hedge a bond portfolio against inflation? This article explains how.
Life Insurance Living Benefits
In addition to the death benefit, life insurance policies can provide other benefits while the policyholder is still alive. Find out more.
Uncle Sam Wants to Know About Your Gig Income
Discover how a 2022 IRS tax reporting change could affect people who are self-employed or whose side job pays through an app or online platform.
Sticker Shock Is No Joke for Car Buyers
This article discusses recent trends affecting the automotive market and includes suggestions for those who want to purchase a vehicle.
Six Steps to Starting a New Business
Have you thought about starting your own business? Here’s an overview of some important first steps in the entrepreneurial process.
HOT TOPIC: Tech Sector Turmoil and the Bear Market
This article discusses factors that have been driving market volatility and provides perspective to help investors make sound portfolio decisions.
A Wealth of Information: How to Read a Mutual Fund Prospectus
Did you know that a mutual fund prospectus provides key details about the fund? This article offers an overview of information in a prospectus.
Should You Consider Tapping the Equity in Your Home?
Using home equity to fund other financial objectives has potential benefits and risks. This article looks at various ways to tap home equity.
Adjusting Your Tax Withholding
Consider adjustments to income tax withholding after viewing the prior year’s tax results. See which situations might require special attention.
WEP and GPO Can Reduce Social Security Benefits
Explore how the windfall elimination provision and the government pension offset can affect Social Security benefits for people who earned a pension in noncovered employment.
How Long Should You Keep Financial Records?
The end of tax season might be a good time to organize financial records. Discover guidelines to help you decide what to keep and what to discard.
HOT TOPIC: Rising Rates Join Long List of Housing Dilemmas
This article explores how soaring housing costs, rising rates, and declining affordability could impact borrowers and the housing market.
Probate can result in added expenses and delays when settling an estate. Read about four ways to avoid the probate process.
What’s Your Retirement Dream Elevator Pitch?
How do you see your retirement? This article provides some guidelines to help you develop a well-defined retirement vision.
Are You Ready to Cancel Your Cable TV?
Do streaming services make you contemplate cutting the cord? Read about some features, benefits, and limitations to consider before doing so.
Where to Look for Lost and Forgotten Money
States hold unclaimed property for about one in 10 Americans. Here are some online resources that may help you find out if you’re one of them.
Consider a Bond Ladder for Rising Interest Rates
A bond ladder can help mitigate the effect of rising rates, generate income, and dampen the effects of stock market volatility. Learn more.
Working While Receiving Social Security Benefits
Do you understand how working in retirement can affect your Social Security benefits? Read this article to find out.
Baseball Lessons That Might Help Change Up Your Finances
Learn some lessons from America’s favorite pastime that may inspire you to take a fresh look at your finances.
Planning to Quit Your Job? What to Know Before You Go
Millions of U.S. workers voluntarily left their jobs in 2021. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering quitting.
Why Small Businesses Should Pay Attention to Accessibility
Find out more about how Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and guidelines may apply to your premises and websites.
Food Inflation: What’s Behind It and How to Cope
U.S. food prices were hit hard in 2021. This article includes seven tips to help consumers control their family’s grocery bills.
ETFs Are Gaining on Mutual Funds: Here’s Why
Are you familiar with the differences between mutual funds and exchange-traded funds? This article compares and contrasts the two.
Key Retirement and Tax Numbers for 2022
Explore some key retirement plan contribution limits and various tax deduction, exclusion, exemption, and threshold amounts for 2022.
Splurge or Save? Making the Most of Your Income-Tax Refund
Did you receive an income-tax refund this year? This article looks at some ways to use it.
What’s the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?
Medicare and Medicaid may seem similar, but what each program pays for and for whom can be very different.
Flood Insurance: Be Prepared for Rising Waters and Changing Rates
Read about a new flood risk-rating system that could help homeowners assess actual risk and set more appropriate insurance premiums.
When Two Goals Collide: Balancing College and Retirement Preparations
This article discusses college financial aid and some ideas that might help fund college while maintaining a solid retirement savings strategy.
Mutual Funds: Do You Know What’s in Your Portfolio?
It’s important for investors to understand the funds in their portfolios. This article provides an overview of different types of funds.
If You Don’t Have a Will, You Probably Should
Do you have a will? If not, this article offers three key reasons why you should.
Going Green: A Fast-Growing Corner of the Global Bond Market
This article looks at the types of projects funded by green bonds, some current trends, and the potential benefits and risks for investors.
When Buying Is Easy, Paying Later Can Be a Problem
Spreading out payments for online purchases may be tempting, but shoppers should think twice before committing to installment purchases.
Building Blocks for Financing College with Less Debt
Financing a college education with minimal debt requires planning, saving, financial aid knowledge, research, and sound decision-making.
How to Correct an Error on Your Credit Report
Did you know credit report errors more than doubled during the pandemic? Find out how to get your free credit report and correct any errors.
Preparing for Libor to Leave the Building
The London Interbank Offered Rate influences borrowing costs worldwide. Discover why the financial industry wants a more reliable benchmark.
Are You a HENRY? Consider These Wealth-Building Strategies
High earner, not rich yet (HENRY) refers to young professionals with big incomes and little savings. Find out how HENRYs might grow wealth.
Did You Know Medicaid May Pay You as a Family Caregiver?
Caregiving can exact physical, emotional, and financial tolls, but in some cases, Medicaid may provide financial relief to family caregivers.
HOT TOPIC: The Fed Pivots to Fight Inflation
This article looks at the strategy behind the Fed’s monetary policy shift and the potential consequences for consumers, investors, and the economy.
401(k) and IRA: A Combined Savings Strategy
Do you know the differences between a 401(k) and an IRA? Find out how they might work together to boost your retirement assets.
Charitable Giving Can Be a Family Affair
Discover four ways to incorporate charitable giving into an overall financial plan that fulfills a family’s wish to “give back.”
Your Social Security Statement: What’s in It for You?
This article explains some of the key information provided on a personalized Social Security Statement.
Looking Back, Looking Forward
See the indicators economists rely on to understand the past, present, and potential future direction of the economy.
Going Public: How Are Direct Listings Different from IPOs?
Do you know the difference between an IPO and a direct listing? This article explores the two paths companies can take to go public.