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Why your most boring payment is probably the most important.

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Older Americans might be on their own if Trump’s budget proposal goes through

Budget cuts to the program for low-income, older and disabled Americans means less assistance programs and more planning

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Money Milestones: This is how your finances should look in your 30s

The beginning of mortgages and marriages shouldn’t be the end of your retirement contributions.

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Where baseball legend David Ortiz invests his money

This is how ‘Big Papi’ prepared financially for his retirement.

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This is why baby boomers are divorcing at a stunning rate

When ‘until death do us part’ sounds like agony

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10 best cities to retire in
It's not just the weather, but many of the best cities in which to retire are in the sunbelt. 


New taxes, new tax strategy
The new tax law is forcing retirees to take a closer look at their tax strategies in retirement and, for some, it means big changes in how they save, invest and draw down their resources.

IRA and Roth perks get better
The American Taxpayer Relief Act—better known as the last-minute “fiscal-cliff deal” in January—brought many new tax rules. A couple of them could prove valuable for investors who own an IRA or Roth IRA.

What you know about taxes is wrong
From taxation of municipal-bond interest to tax rates on the gain from a home sale, taxpayers are confused about what’s taxed and what’s not under the new American Taxpayer Relief Act and other laws.
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Retirement income for life
Think inside the box: Here's how to match lifestyle expenses and needs with retirement income sources to support you for life.

What's wrong with the 4% strategy?
When you finally reach your retirement date, one of your first questions will be: How much of my savings can I spend? The rule of thumb for many years was 4%. But that may not be sophisticated enough to meet many retirees' needs.

3 Annuity mistakes to avoid
If you’re comparing annuities to other investment products, you’re making a classic mistake—and it’s just one of a number of errors that consumers and financial experts make when evaluating annuities. Don't let interest rates be a deal-breaker.

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What if your pension runs out of money?
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Hold onto your stocks, or sell now?
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Who inherits your iTunes?
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How student loans can hit Social Security
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What's the best age for you to retire?
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