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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Home Repairs -- You Can Plan on the Unexpected!

Financial planners always say to save money for the unexpected. I think we should just admit that the unexpected expenses will always happen -- that's just life! We may not be able to predict just what the unexpected expenses will be ... but something will need to be repaired or replaced. Whether it's a flat tire, an appliance that breaks, or something else, unexpected expenses happen to everyo...

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Why Save in a Recession?

Hi there, Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kimberly Nute-Jones. I am a Consumer and Family Economics Educator in Cook County. My office is located in Matteson, Illinois. I generally service the south side of Chicago and the south suburbs. I am a wife and mother of two teens. My hope in participating in this blog is to connect my real life experiences to many of the topics...

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The Sea Change in Retiree Health Benefits

It used to be that retirees from state and local government positions and union retirees could look forward to receiving generous health benefits in the form of subsidized health insurance premiums or fully covered health expenses in retirement. Those days seem to be moving into the past rather quickly. The mega-bankruptcy and restructuring of General Motors will likely see retirees losing sign...

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Investment advisers, brokers, and the consumer: What does it mean to be a fiduciary?

The issue of fiduciary responsibility has been a hot topic for some time, and it looks like that will continue. In 2007, the Financial Planning Association (FPA) sued the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over a rule that was commonly known as the Merrill Lynch Ru...

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