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Investing for Major Financial Goals

Go out into your yard and dig a big hole. Every month, throw $50 into it, but don't take any money out until you're ready to buy a house, send your child to college, or retire. It sounds a little

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Understanding Risk

Few terms in personal finance are as important, or used as frequently, as "risk." Nevertheless, few terms are as imprecisely defined. Generally, when financial advisors or the media talk about

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Roth IRAs vs Roth Employer Plans

The option to use Roth versions of employer 401(k), 403(b), and 457 retirement plans are becoming more prevalent in recent years from both public and private employers. While these Roth employer

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Consider a Roth 401(K) Plan — and Make Sure Employees Use It

Roth 401(k) accounts have been around for 13 years now. Studies show that more employers are offering them each year. A recent study by the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) found that Roth

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How to Recover from a Mid-Life Financial Crisis

A financial crisis can be scary at any age, but this is especially true when you're in your 40s or 50s. Perhaps you're way behind on saving for retirement or have too much debt from unnecessary

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Everyone Needs a Plan: Get Organized with SVA’s Estate Planning Worksheet

By definition, estate planning is a process designed to help you manage and preserve your assets while you are alive, and to conserve and control their distribution after your death according to

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How Does the Federal Reserve Affect the Economy?

If you follow financial news, you've probably heard many references to "the Fed" along the lines of "the Fed held interest rates," or "market watchers are wondering what the Fed will do next." So

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How Much Money Should a Family Borrow for College?

There is no magic formula to determine how much you or your child should borrow for college. But there is such a thing as borrowing too much.

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Financial Considerations When Facing a Disability: Part I

Facing a disability can upend finances, shatter psyches, reshape relationships, and transform societal roles.  A disability impacts not only the individual disabled but family members, friends,

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Leaving A Legacy

You've worked hard over the years to accumulate wealth, and you probably find it comforting to know that after your death the assets you leave behind will continue to be a source of support for

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