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What is a CD Account and Do I Need One?

Certificates of Deposit (CDs) are a good option for savers who want to invest a portion of their nest egg in relative safety for a set amount of time. CDs are often lumped in with deposit…

Calculating How Much Your Emergency Fund Should Be

You know you need an emergency fund — the experts talk about it all the time. But the numbers seem daunting: six months to a year's worth of expenses. For most, it’s tough to save that…

What You Should Do Before December 31st

It’s the end of the year, and amid all the celebrating and best-of lists, it’s time to get in a few smart financial moves before the new year begins. Consider the following suggestions…

Host Thanksgiving on a Budget

It’s that time of year again, and you’ve decided to host Thanksgiving at your place. You can make the day a success without overspending—or overstressing—by planning carefully and enlisting…

Financial Planning Tips For Everyone

Some people hear the words “financial planning” and think it sounds like a difficult, time-consuming task best left to experts.

College Saving Tips for Every Budget

As the cost of a college education continues to rise, saving as much as possible has become a necessity.

Rent or Buy—Which Is Right for You?

The decision to rent or buy is a highly personal one, and often must be made by weighing both objective and subjective factors. What makes sense for one person's financial situation…

CD Strategies—Maximize Your Savings

Saving by using certificates of deposit, or CDs, can be a low-risk way to diversify and grow your funds. If you are attempting to accumulate money for a large expense, such as a…

Get on Track to Financial Independence

Financial independence can mean different things at different stages of life. It eventually means the ability to live solely off savings and passive income—also known as retirement.

Know Your 401(k) Options When Changing Jobs

These days, it's less common for people to stay with just one employer for an entire career. As a result, you'll probably need to answer the question of what to do with your 401(k)…

Rebuild Your Financial Life

It can be difficult to get back on track after challenging life events that affect your finances. But difficult doesn’t mean impossible—you can rebuild your financial life one step…

How to Budget for a Vacation

Now that summer is here, the fun and relaxing vacations many of you have been longing for will finally happen.

What's the most important part of a vacation? The budgeting…

Saving for Your Child's Education

Over the last decade, college tuitions have increased an average of five percent each year and that number is expected to increase over time.

Why Millennials Need Life Insurance

Life insurance helps you plan for the unexpected. Young people who are just starting out can often wait a while before purchasing it, but there are specific circumstances in which…

Don’t Forget Your Pet When Budgeting

How we can better manage money spent on our furry friends? Be sure to include costs for these things: food, grooming, vet visits, toys, treats, and other extras.

Retirement Saving for Women: Close the Gap

There are steps women may want to consider taking to close the retirement savings gap, many of which would be prudent for any pre-retiree to do.

Simplify Your Finances to Help Lower Stress

One important area to streamline a less stressful life is the way you handle your finances. Consider simplify your financial life.

Employee Benefits: Are You Taking Full Advantage of Yours?

Most companies offer a wide range of benefits because they help attract and keep the best people. If you don’t know your company’s benefits, or are not using them to their maximum advantage,…

The Importance of Diversification

As the old saying advises not to put all your eggs in one basket, it’s particularly true of where and how you allocate your money.

It's Never Too Early to Start Saving for Retirement

When you’re young, retirement seems like it’s an eternity away. But the fact is, it’s never too early to start saving for it.

Saving for College? Do Your Homework First

Families are stocking away more money in 529 college savings plans than ever, investing a record $253 billion last year in preparation for the sky-high cost of higher education.

How Medicare Can Impact Your Saving

Enrolling in Medicare can be confusing and if you don’t have the right coverage, you could end up with some steep medical bills.

What Should You Do with Your 401k When You Retire?

If you’re nearing retirement, it’s time to check your 401k (and other investments) to refine your asset allocations. Now is not the time to risk a big drop in value.

Build A Strong Foundation For Financial Success

Developing a savings strategy may not be your top priority. But the younger you are when you begin, the more likely you are to achieve the goal of financial security later in life.

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