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Your Retirement Planning Checklist

Before takeoff, airline pilots go through a checklist to make sure the flaps are in the right position, there’s enough fuel, and everything else is as it should be for a safe flight. While your retirement may not be a
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Dealing With Medical Debt

Actress Dawn Wells, homespun Mary Ann on the 1960’s sitcom Gilligan’s Island, lost a lot of money in the 2008 financial crisis — a setback compounded this year when she broke her knee in an accident and underwent an
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Before You Invest

With the stock market near its all-time highs, it’s easy to get complacent. There’s a tendency to forget the pain of the last bear market, take on more risk than we should, and minimize the importance of basic financial
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How Recession-Ready Are Your Finances?

Every day seems to bring new headlines about the next recession — what will cause it, when it will hit, and how bad it will be. Today, for example, MarketWatch is prominently displaying this article: "Why a major trade war
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Financial Regrets: Most of Us Have a Few

Many U.S. adults wish they had done things differently with their finances. That’s the key take-away from a new national survey from the personal finance site, NerdWallet. Specifically, 71% said they have financial
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Protecting Your Information After the Equifax Hack

“On a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 10.” So said fraud analyst Avivah Litan about the recent cyber-theft at credit-reporting firm Equifax that potentially compromised the financial and identity information of more than 140
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Giving Generously While in Debt

When Karen and Scott got married, Karen had nearly $50,000 of non-mortgage debt. Scott, who was a Chicago firefighter at the time, jokingly referred to it as “a reverse dowry.” Several years before meeting Scott, Karen
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Student Loans Tarnishing the ‘Golden Years’

Much has been made of all the stress and strain education debt is inflicting on young college grads. But the fastest growing segment of the population with burdensome school debt isn’t the young. It’s borrowers who are
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2 Simple Steps Toward Getting Out of Debt ASAP

Getting out of debt tops the list of Americans’ financial priorities, according to a recent study by BMO Wealth Management. If getting out of debt is one of your top goals, two simple steps will speed up the
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Should You Consolidate Your Student Loans?

More than a quarter (26%) of all American adults have student-loan debt. Many of those people (28%) never finished earning a degree. Among young people who did recently complete their degree, more than two-thirds (70%)
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