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  • Develop a hobby before you retire US News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:50 PM EST
    retirement

    I have recently gotten into table tennis. Hitting the ball back and forth reminds me of all the benefits of starting a retirement hobby before I actually retire. Many people think they should wait until ...

  • 4 retirement resolutions worth keeping US News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:49 PM EST
    Elderly couple walks past the bishop's residence with the bishop's private chapel in Limburg

    As another year comes to an end it is once again time to take stock of the past 365 days. By now, resolutions we may have signed up for at the beginning of the year have either been realized, modified ...

  • 5 ways to increase your retirement income US News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:46 PM EST
    Retirement

    Social Security is the primary source of income for over half of older Americans, but the average payment is only about $1,200 per month. And the median individual retirement account balance was $59,000 ...

  • 5 ways to improve your retirement prospects in 2015 US News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:56 PM EST

    Saving more money for retirement is a common New Year's resolution , but it's only the first step in what you need to do to get better prepared for retirement in 2015 . Here are five more ways you can ...

  • 7 retirement savings accounts you should consider US News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:24 PM EST

    We've all heard the warnings and are well aware that we should save more for retirement . And as a new year approaches, it's a good time to resolve to take concrete steps to do just that. Uncle Sam wants ...

  • 5 Signs You're a Bad Customer US News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:19 PM EST

    Botched orders, rude waitstaff and that mocking, automated voice answering your calls -- everyone has a customer service horror story . In fact, 68 percent of households have experienced "customer ...

  • 3 Reasons a Strong U.S. Dollar Can Hurt the Economy US News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 9:22 AM EST

    A recurring headline of late has been the strength of the U.S. dollar. The currency markets are somewhat difficult to understand, especially if you don't do much international travelling. The dollar has ...

  • Fabulously Frugal Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve US News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 9:16 AM EST

    With the world just a few days away from ushering in a new year , it's time to think about your plans to celebrate New Year's Eve. There are many fun ways to spend the last night of the year and make it ...

  • More Gift Ideas for Last Minute Shoppers US News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 8:50 AM EST

    With less than a week before Christmas and Hanukkah well under way , there's not much time left for carefully crafted and well thought out gift giving. As deadlines for exchanging presents with friends ...

  • The 5 Best and Worst Financial New Year's Resolutions US News - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 8:50 AM EST

    Want to know one major reason why New Year's resolutions bomb? They're bad resolutions to begin with. Don't think there's any such thing as a bad resolution? That's simply not true. Vague goals without ...

  • 8 Smart Tax Moves for Investors US News - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:09 PM EST

    Good investors are good tax planners. Tax planning isn't as fun as investing -- or fun at all -- but it helps you keep as much of that hard-won investment income as possible. Dan Solin, a wealth advisor ...

  • 6 Signs You Have a Great Job US News - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:59 AM EST
    Don't Love Your Job? Fix the Job You're In.

    This time of year may get you thinking and talking with family and friends about 2015, resolutions and future plans, both related and unrelated to work. That's why this is a good time to really explore ...

  • 5 Ways to Ease the Financial Strain of Caregiving US News - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:50 AM EST

    The growing number of Americans caring for their aging loved ones often face financial strain along with their daily caregiving responsibilities. A survey this year of 1,345 family caregivers by Caring.com ...

  • 6 Rookie Mistakes Last-Minute Shoppers Often Make US News - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:15 AM EST

    It's crunch time. If you haven't finished your holiday shopping , you're not alone. This week, the coupon site RetailMeNot.com reported that 56 percent of 1,022 shoppers surveyed between Nov. 21-26 said ...

  • How Financial Advisors Are Courting Millennials US News - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:09 AM EST

    Let's be clear: Garrett Prom isn't a wealth manager. The Austin, Texas, fee-based financial advisor is investing in clients who are in their 20s, 30s and early 40s, with the expectation that providing ...

  • Tis the season for open enrollment. If you are new to the insurance game, you most likely have until Feb. 15, 2015, to make a decision regarding which health care insurance plan to select . If you have ...

  • 5 Steps to Improve Your Credit in 2015 US News - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 9:05 AM EST

    As 2014 winds down, you're probably thinking about resolutions you could make and aspects of your life you'd like to improve upon in the next year. Maybe you'd like to move into a bigger house or refinance ...

  • Before Interest Rates Rise, Revisit Your Bond Holdings US News - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 8:31 AM EST

    When it comes to headlines, it's bonds, bonds and more bonds. You may be wondering, "Why have I been hearing so much about bonds lately?" Chances are the chitchat was closely linked to rumors ...

  • Attending a public college in your home state may seem like a no-brainer for saving money on a four-year degree. But in-state tuition can vary dramatically among schools, even within a single state. [ ...

  • How to Get Free Shipping on Last Minute Orders US News - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 6:20 AM EST

    If you're beginning to panic because the holidays are quickly approaching and you haven't finished shopping, don't let a time crunch send you into a tailspin that involves going way over budget. Take a ...

  • 15 Investing Ideas for 2015 US News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 2:05 PM EST

    Ring in the new year with a portfolio refresh. No sooner do Christmas and the holidays disappear that you realize it's time to make another list and check it twice: investment resolutions for 2015 . If ...

  • 6 Ways to Evaluate an Employer US News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 10:27 AM EST

    This could be the year you land a new job, especially if you are in financial, information technology , health care or engineering sectors. Steve Lowisz, CEO of Qualigence International, a talent acquisition ...

  • Where could you afford to retire overseas? US News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 9:59 AM EST
    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Your retirement income will determine what type of lifestyle you are able to lead. But how much more would your retirement income buy you if you were to retire overseas? Your cost of living anywhere is ...

  • Last Minute Holiday Gifts You Don't Need to Wrap US News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 9:13 AM EST

    Though it seems to last forever these days, the holiday season will come to a close in just a couple of weeks. If you have not yet begun your shopping, this is definitely the time to get on it. But if ...

  • Portfolio Analysis: An Adventurous $496,000 Investment Plan US News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 9:09 AM EST

    All investment portfolios are comparable to a novel, where each individual chooses their own personal genre and classification. If your investment portfolio were a novel, what genre would it be: adventure, ...

  • Top Tips for Savvy Holiday Shopping US News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 9:04 AM EST

    Every year, it seems our holiday shopping lists grow . Our families are constantly expanding with new kids, cousins and in-laws to welcome into our lives. Then, there are our co-workers, who (hopefully) ...

  • 15 Career Mistakes to Avoid in 2015 US News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    Banish these blunders. Sometimes the best way to start doing something right is to stop doing something wrong. Career-wise, this particularly rings true. Witness a professional sea change after you remove ...

  • Apps That Help You Keep New Year's Resolutions US News - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 8:53 AM EST

    Resolutions are easy to make, and, unfortunately, easy to break. We start off strong, following the advice of the experts to keep them small, keep them focused, allow ourselves to make mistakes and share ...

  • Living paycheck to paycheck: 7 strategies for survival US News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST
    Saving money

    If you live paycheck to paycheck, and you often find yourself falling short on cash or unable to pay bills on time , you may wonder how everyone else who lives the same way manages to do it. Odds are, ...

  • 5 Personal Branding Tips From 'Shark Tank' Experts US News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:08 AM EST

    Ah, the great American dream: quit your day job , roll up your sleeves and build a multimillion-dollar business. Who wouldn't want that, right? Below, sharks from the ABC hit show, "Shark Tank," ...

  • 5 price-match policies you should read closely US News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:02 AM EST
    Naughty and nice

    Procrastinating on your holiday shopping doesn't mean you're too late to get a great deal. Many major retailers promise to match lower prices offered by competitors. But price matching isn't always as ...

  • 5 Things Hiring Managers Want From Job Seekers US News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:42 AM EST

    Has your job search only been met with frustration in 2014? Wouldn't it be great to start the new year with a new job ? Let's assume you have all the experience, knowledge and skills necessary for role ...

  • What will cost more in 2015 US News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:42 AM EST
    Chocolate

    Bad news for chocoholics: More worldwide demand and a West African drought impacting cacao crops could raise the price on your favorite sweet treat next year. "Manufacturers have been warning us of ...

  • What Baby Boomers Worry About US News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:33 AM EST

    The post-war baby boom generation makes up over a quarter of the American population. So what boomers think about, aspire to do and want to buy all make a big difference in the American economy and the ...

  • The Best Holiday Gifts to Buy in December US News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:18 AM EST

    Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, it's time to get your hands dirty and focus on checking off your holiday shopping list . In reality, the deals get better on certain items after ...

  • Gift Ideas for Last-Minute Shoppers US News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    Like most Americans , you are probably in the midst of your busiest shopping season of the year. Whether you're happily plowing through your list or stumped on what to get that special someone in your ...

  • 10 Great Last-Minute Holiday Gifts Under $10 US News - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 8:50 AM EST

    Did you forget to pick up something for Uncle Eddie? Maybe you didn't get a present for the gift exchange at work . Does your son's teacher still need a small gift of some kind? At moments like these, ...

  • health care

    Rocky Rush, a 37-year-old single father from Nebraska, has gone without health insurance for years due to the cost, and the Affordable Care Act hasn't changed that.

  • 10 ways to get help saving for retirement US News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 11:01 AM EST
    nest egg

    You don't have to go it alone. It's difficult to stay motivated to save for retirement on your own. But employers, the federal government and even financial services companies offer programs to help, assuming ...

  • 7 Fun and Frugal Holiday Activities US News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:52 AM EST

    It's hard to believe, but the holiday season is upon us. In just a little over a week, people will begin to start taking time off from work to spend it with friends and family. Many will use that time ...

  • How to Save Money on Your New Year's Eve Party US News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:39 AM EST

    Gift shopping may have us pinching pennies for other activities at this time of year, but that doesn't mean we have to skimp on throwing an incredible New Year's Eve bash for friends and family. From invitations ...

  • 10 retirement resolutions for 2015 US News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:36 AM EST
    2015

    The new year offers an opportunity to review your retirement finances and make changes that will boost your chances of a secure retirement. Consider these retirement-related new year's resolutions for ...

  • 4 Signs You Just Don't Like Your Boss US News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:36 AM EST

    You might think you don't need to be told when you don't like your boss , but sometimes managers become such an ingrained part of our work lives that you might not even realize when a personal dislike ...

  • 7 'Sacred' Money Tips for Women US News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:22 AM EST

    Barbara Stanny learned the hard way that she had to actively manage, and make, her own money. As the daughter of one of the founders of H&R Block, she grew up being told that she didn't have to worry about ...

  • 8 tax tips investors should know US News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 10:04 AM EST
    Taxes

    It's that time of the year again. Everyone is weighing in with tax tips to prepare investors for the tax preparation that follows the new year. I didn't want to be left out of the fun, so I consulted with ...

  • 3 Things You Must Know Before Making That Impulse Buy US News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 9:05 AM EST

    When it comes to money, few things are more exciting -- or more potentially fraught with peril -- than an impulse purchase. Some people might not be able to resist a pair of designer shoes. For others, ...

  • The Investment Fees You Don't Realize You're Paying US News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    Despite zealously monitoring the cost of items such gasoline, groceries and even wireless data plans, many Americans have no idea of the expenses in their investment accounts . According to a survey released ...

  • Private Student Loan Refinancing Carries Risks, Rewards US News - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 8:30 AM EST

    John Moye was tackling $40,000 in high-rate federal student loans when a friend pointed out that he might find lower rates elsewhere. An online search brought up SoFi, a company that lets borrowers refinance ...

  • 8 Last-Minute DIY Holiday Gifts US News - Sun, Dec 14, 2014 12:51 PM EST

    Did you leave your do-it-yourself gift making until the last minute? You don't have to scrap handmade presents altogether. Instead, check out these super simple DIY gifts. Most of them cost less than $10, ...

  • 401(k) tips for job hoppers US News - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 1:35 PM EST
    401k

    401(k) plans can be especially tricky to use for people who change jobs frequently. Between waiting periods to sign up for the plan and vesting schedules that don't let workers with short job tenures keep ...

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