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  • Starter Apps For Your Budget
    Countless apps and sites promise to get your financial life in order. Which one might work for you is largely a matter of taste.
  • Survey: 8 In 10 Americans Experienced A Financial Shock Last Year
    The picture of financial stability in America is bleak, with dividing lines apparent by level of education, income and wealth, according to a Pew report.
  • How To Halt A 401(k) Rip-Off
    It's often difficult to spot a 401(k) rip-off. But it can be even more difficult to stop the pilfering.
  • 10 Steps To Boost Your 401(k) Balance
    The maximum amount an individual can save in a 401(k) for 2014 is $17,500 a year, or $23,000 if you're 50 or older. If that's attainable, go for it. If it sounds like a long shot, consider these smaller moves that can help get you to a bigger 401(k) balance.
  • How Will Net Neutrality Affect Consumers?
    The laws that regulate industry structure – how much control rests in the hands of rivals -- and corporate conduct – the way rivals battle for share -- can be boiled down to one idea: competition is good for consumers and small companies.
  • 6 Unusual Retirement Lifestyles
    Forget bird watching and golf these retirement communities offer some of the most unique ways to spend your golden years.
  • The Biggest Expenses In Retirement -- And How To Prepare For Them Now
    Do you ever feel like you are ‘milking a mouse’? Are you putting such a tremendous amount of effort into an insignificant project that you aren't making any progress? When you are planning for retirement, you want to make sure you are making your best effort in an area that can make a significant difference.I don’t know about you, but I only want to be working because I want to, not because I have to. Knowing you can flip the switch from “you working” to “your assets working for you” can be a great source of comfort. Financial independence puts you in the driver's seat, not at the mercy of your boss, your company, your industry, or anything else.
  • Social Security Q&A: How Will Marriage Affect My Disability Benefit?
    Today’s question asks how marriage before full retirement age will affect disability benefits already being received. The answer reviews what benefits might become available and notes which benefits might and might not be affected by marriage.
  • Paying For College: When To Position Assets To Qualify For More College Financial Aid
    The high price of college has forced parents to look for savvy ways to reduce the cost of college and preserve their hard-earned assets. In some cases, strategically positioning those assets can make a big difference in the amount of financial aid colleges give based on the three different aid formulas colleges use. Here is how I determine if a family should consider strategic positioning.
  • 5 Websites for College Savers
    Figuring out how to get started on coming up with the cash to start saving for college is tough. Luckily, there are websites out there that can help you find details on college savings plans, future college costs, and


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