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  • Three Portfolio Moves To Boost Your Sex Drive
    Many investors don?t realize the role their portfolio decisions can and may play in their sex life. Yet simple changes can offer major benefits in both their bedroom and portfolio.
  • Father's Business Entitled To Large Deductions For Promoting Son's Motocross Activity
    I've got two kids, a five-year old boy and a two-year old girl. The boy smacks himself in the head to amuse his friends. The girl routinely eats sidewalk chalk. Needless to say, at this stage in their development, neither of them seem earmarked for greatness.
  • Social Security Q&A: Can I Stop Widow's Benefits and Restart Them Later?
    Today?s question asks if it?s possible to stop receipt of reduced survivor?s benefits in order to later restart them at a higher level. The answer explains the difference between withdrawing and suspending benefits, touches on the effect of the adjustment of the reduction factor, and then outlines potential strategies based on relative earnings histories.
  • "Unconstitutional" Pension Reform Ruling Places Illinois In Fiscal Straightjacket
    On Friday afternoon, Judge Jon Belz of the 7th Judicial Circuit Court in Sangamon county Illinois declared unconstitutional the pension reform that was signed into law in December 2013 (click here to read entire ruling).  If left to stand by the Illinois Supreme Court, this decision will place the State of Illinois in a fiscal straightjacket.
  • Could Holiday Spending Hurt Your Financial Future?
    The holidays are already in full swing, which means a few things: pumpkin products galore (I’m looking at you, pumpkin perfume), candy cane–flavored everything, and the very real possibility that your carefully calculated budget is about to be challenged by seasonal spending temptations.
  • This Week In Credit Card News: Card Hacks Not Hurting Stores, Your APR Could Rise In 2015
    Shoppers Just Don't Care About Credit Card Hacks
  • Making Your Money Last In Retirement (Pt. 1)
    Outliving your money is a huge worry for people in or thinking about retirement. How to avoid that fate is a specialty of AdviceIQ advisor Jeff Rose, the founder of Alliance Wealth Management in Carbondale, Ill.
  • X, Y And Z: How The Generations Really Stack Up -- Financially
    Think you bust stereotypes? Our look at the money lives of Gens X, Y and Z can help you see where you really fit in financially.
  • Is The US Stock Market Unhealthy?
    The US stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, is up over 11% so far in 2014.  Coming after a 30% gain in 2013, this year’s positive returns have caught many professional investors off guard.  The US stock market is a market of skepticism.  It is a bull market that is unloved and considered by many to be complacent, “unhealthy,” and manipulated higher by unwarranted liquidity provided by the Federal Reserve.  These negative feelings are not without merit, but as a general matter stock indices are not quite as unhealthy as the most negative bears would have us believe.
  • Retirement Planning: U.S. Women Vs. The World
    A new study shows they're more prepared, but need to do much better.


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