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A Taxing Story: Capital Gains and Losses

A Taxing Story: Capital Gains and Losses

Understanding how capital gains are taxed may help you refine your investment strategies.

What to Look for in Personal Finance Apps

What to Look for in Personal Finance Apps

An increasing number have been developed to help individuals with their personal finances.

Do You Owe The AMT?

Do You Owe The AMT?

If you want to avoid potential surprises at tax time, it may make sense to know where you stand when it comes to the AMT.

 

What If You Get Audited?

The chances of an IRS audit aren’t that high. And being audited does not necessarily imply that the IRS suspects wrongdoing.

Your Changing Definition of Risk in Retirement

A change in your mindset during retirement may drive changes to your portfolio.

Inflation - Back to the Future

Even low inflation rates over an extended period of time can impact your finances in retirement.

What Is an Annuity?

Annuities are versatile tools that can help you save for retirement and generate income in retirement.

What Is a Roth 401(k)?

Roth 401(k) plans combine features of traditional 401(k) plans with those of a Roth IRA.

What Do Your Taxes Pay For?

Here's a breakdown of how the federal government spends your tax money.

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Should I Buy or Lease an Auto?

This calculator compares the financial impact of leasing versus buying an automobile.

Social Security Taxes

Estimate how much of your Social Security benefit may be considered taxable.

Capital Gains Tax Estimator

Use this calculator to estimate your income tax liability, along with average and marginal tax rates.

Estimate Your RMD

Help determine the required minimum distribution from an IRA or other qualified retirement plan.

Saving for Retirement

This calculator can help you estimate how much you may need to save for retirement.

Bi-Weekly Payments

This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.

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Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

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Suddenly Single: Three Steps to Take Now

Here are 3 steps to take right now that may make a difference if you find yourself suddenly single.

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are nearly 1,200 ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

Do You Feel Lucky?

Recent changes in estate tax laws could affect the strategy you have in place.

To Buy or Not to Buy

The decision whether to buy or rent a home may have long-term implications.

Your DNA Test

If you have a family that relies on your income, it’s critical to know what their needs would be in the event of your death.

Choosing a Mortgage

Selecting a mortgage isn't an easy process. Get a better understanding of how professionals make the right decisions.

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