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Couples Retiring on the Same Page

Couples Retiring on the Same Page Agreeing about what you want from retirement is crucial. What does a good retirement look like to you? Does it resemble the retirement that your spouse or partner has in mind? It is at least roughly similar? The Social Security Administration currently projects an average retirement of 18 years...
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Cash Alternatives for Charitable Giving

Cash Alternatives for Charitable Giving Thinking about donating? Think of these choices. As the tax season is heating up, you may be thinking of giving. In fact, you may want to explore the different ways in which you can donate to a charity or non-profit organization, apart from just making a cash gift. Consider some...
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When Bad News Is Good News

When Bad News Is Good News A surprising reaction to tapered bond purchases? Financial markets can be challenging to understand. But when markets enter a “bad news is good news” cycle, it becomes even more difficult to follow along. At its November meeting, the Fed outlined its plan to taper monthly bond purchases, which will...
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Taking Charge of Your Financial Life in Retirement

Taking Charge of Your Financial Life in Retirement Delegating responsibilities to others may lead to problems down the road. When you are putting together a household, it isn’t unusual to delegate responsibilities. One spouse or partner may take on the laundry, while another takes on the shopping. You might also decide which one of you...
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Minimizing Probate When Setting Up Your Estate

Probate subtly reduces the value of many estates. It can take more than a year in some cases, and attorney’s fees, appraiser’s fees, and court costs may eat up as much as 5% of a decedent’s accumulated assets.1 What do those fees pay for? In many cases, routine clerical work. Few estates require more than...
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