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Debts That Can Kill Your Retirement Plan

Charles Dickens understood budgeting quite well. In David Copperfield, the character Mr. Micawber notes: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, … Read more

Posted on April 11, 2014 by
risks

5 Unseen Risks Stalking Your Retirement

Retirement investors have a simple task: Compound their money steadily over decades at minimal risk. Easy, right? You’d be surprised. Many of us want the kind of sure-footed advice that will lead to … Read more

Posted on April 9, 2014 by
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Investing Basics: When ETFs Are Better Than Index Funds

As the offering of low-cost investment funds gets more and more competitive, confusion is bound to set in. Phrases such as “indexing” can get applied to funds and strategies that … Read more

Posted on April 7, 2014 by
investing

Investing For Retirement, What You Know Can Hurt You

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound? That fun thought experiment, one you likely heard as a kid, actually has … Read more

Posted on April 4, 2014 by
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3 Steps That Help You Retire ‘Inevitably Rich’

The idea of retiring from work is a relatively modern one, dating back to the middle of the 19th century. Most developed countries maintain a specific retirement “age,” usually the … Read more

Posted on April 2, 2014 by
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The Case For Ignoring Your Retirement Plan

Ignorance is bliss, as the adage goes. But should you simply ignore your retirement plan investments? Probably, yes. There’s a lot to be said for being just informed enough about your retirement plan to … Read more

Posted on March 31, 2014 by
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Understanding Target-Date Retirement Funds

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to successful retirement is saving enough and investing well. Retirement companies and workplace 401(k) plans have attempted to tackle that by harnessing the strongest force in human history … Read more

Posted on March 28, 2014 by
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Lower Your Tax Bill for Life

With tax day just around the corner, you’re likely to run into a bevy on helpful online articles on how to reduce your tax bill before you file. Helpful stuff … Read more

Posted on March 26, 2014 by
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3 Steps to Maximize Investment Gains With Less Risk

If you’ve ever been on the losing side of a stock market investment, you know the feeling: An optimistic bet turns sour, the pit of your stomach rumbles, then the … Read more

Posted on March 24, 2014 by
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Buy A House Or Put More Into Retirement?

For most Americans, owning a home is the single biggest purchase and the single biggest investment in their lives. That first fact is perhaps unsurprising, but the second is truly … Read more

Posted on March 21, 2014 by