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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Your Goal Helps Define Your Investment Options

Our family has just finished a whirlwind of college visits. With two sons graduating from high school in just 4 weeks (!), we have been thinking and talking about college choices. Of course, one of the big questions about college is how will we pay for it? Actually, I think (I hope!) that we're relatively prepared to pay for these amazing college costs. One of our financial goals has be...

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Money Smart Week Chicago, April 20 to 26, 2008

Got a financial question? I'm willing to bet that you can find a free workshop during Money Smart Week Chicago that will answer it. Money Smart Week runs from April 20 to 26, 2008, and you can find a workshop on almost every conceivable financial topic. Several years ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago began assembling a group of partners to...

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Too Many People Losing Their Jobs!

When I write this blog, I usually choose to write about something that's on my mind due to my family or a workshop I've done or something in the news. And, what's on my mind today is people losing jobs. As you may have heard, many University of Illinois Extension offices are looking at a 50% reduction in their resources – which translates to many, many people losing their jobs. It...

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To Roth or Not: Deciding between Traditional and Roth Contributions to 403(b) and 401(k) Plans

My Human Resources Office just informed me that I now have the option of designating some or all of my 403(b) plan contributions as Roth contributions. Your employer may be offering you the same choice for your 401(k) or 403(b) plan. So how do we decide--To Roth or Not? But before I go on, here's my bottom line: Most of us should be putting aside as much as we can for retirement. Just m...

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