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Navigating the Guidelines of Gifting

Many people who have met with a financial professional and estate planning attorney have a well-thought-out plan in place to transfer assets to their beneficiaries upon their death. That’s a critical part of long-term planning, but what if you’d like to give your loved ones money now, while you’re still here to see them use and…

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Maintaining Independence in Retirement

Independence is something we have to work for throughout our lifetimes, whether we want to or not. As babies, we push our way up from four limbs to two and start walking our way into messes. As toddlers, we profess “No!” and “Mine!” to make our point. In the teenage years, we rebel against parents…

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Spousal & Non-Spousal IRA Rules

Spousal IRA Rules When a spouse inherits an IRA, he or she has all of the same options as a non-spouse beneficiary, along with some other choices. For example, if a wife is the sole beneficiary, she also has the option to “treat it as her own.” The surviving spouse will need to either transfer…

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Making Plans for How We Want to Be Remembered

It may sound morbid, but an uneventful death is one of the most thoughtful things you can give your children. As sad as it is to cope with the death of a loved one, the situation can be worsened by poor communication and disorganized planning. For example, have you considered what you would like regarding…

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Things to Do Before You Retire

Some people set a particular age when they want to retire. It might be more helpful to look at your financial schedule to establish a retirement date. Just because you want to retire on a certain birthday doesn’t mean you’ll be quite financially ready to do so. After all, there’s more to retirement planning than…

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The Student Housing Investment

It’s hard enough for students to come up with the money to pay the rising cost of college tuition, but what about room and board? In fact, at some colleges, the amount charged for housing has increased at a faster rate than tuition. This expense offers an opportunity for family members to help out. In some…

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How Grandparents May Benefit From College Funding

With the increase of student loan debt over the past 10 years, more grandparents are taking on the role of college funding. In fact, a Fidelity survey in 2014 found that 72 percent of grandparents feel it’s important to help out in this regard. Many retirees walk a tightrope between wanting to make gifts to…

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The Role of College in Socio-Economic Circles

Some high school students painstakingly work to perfect their college applications and essays with the dream of going to the best school possible, for the best life possible. Others may not have to try as hard to achieve that goal. New data shows that the family you are born into has a significant impact on…

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How Millennials can Still Build Equity Through Home Ownership

Financial experts have long touted that buying a home is a foundation for building long-term wealth. In fact, the younger a homeowner enters the housing market, the more potential he has for greater wealth over his lifetime. However, fewer young adults today are buying houses than in the past. This puts a damper on the…

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Strategies for Paying for College

Even as college tuition continues to rise, more and more American families are paying less out of pocket than in previous years. During the 2015-16 academic year, grants and scholarships paid the largest portion of college expenses — 34 percent, compared to 30 percent the year before. In addition to grants and scholarships, parent income…

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