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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Fretting about money? Try these strategies.

Go to the grocery store. Pay bills. Buy clothing online. Oh my, where has all the money gone? Do you ever feel like money keeps flowing out and you're just not quite sure where it all goes? I know I feel like this at times. Keeping track of regular expenses is one challenge; another challenge is trying to fund long-term goals such as college education for children, down payment on a home, or re...

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Bank Fees -- Check Your Costs

There's a lot of buzz lately about fees at financial institutions such as banks, and it may be time for you to take a close look at your checking account statement and see how much you're paying for your account. Why the recent buzz?  Did you know that every time you use your debit card, merchants are charged an average of 44 cents?  You may not have been aware of this cost, but this wa...

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You Can Help Simplify Mortgage Disclosure Documents

If you've applied for a mortgage in the last 20 years, you probably remembers scanning through more documents than it was humanly possible to comprehend. Here's your chance to provide input on new, simplified forms being considered by the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ....

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Investment Strategies: Where Do You Fit?

Most investors are well aware of the two general approaches used by mutual funds: active management and passive management, as seen in mutual funds that track an index. But I recently gained some insight about how these two fund strategies are only half the story, and I'd like to pass that along to you. I attended a conference of the N...

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