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Earned Income Tax Credit for Working Grandparents

The Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, is a federal income tax credit for workers whose annual income is $53,505 or less (2016), depending on marital status and number of eligible dependents. There are other eligibility limits, such as the requirement that investment income be $3,400 or less for the year. This refundable credit can…

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What Is “Reflation”?

In recent years, inflation in the United States has remained below the Federal Reserve Bank’s target rate of 2 percent, despite the agency’s efforts to jumpstart economic growth with low interest rates. However, the election of Donald Trump infused the markets with the spark they needed. After an initial drop attributed to uncertainty, the stock market…

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How to Manage Taxes in Retirement

Here are some tips on how to manage taxes in retirement; To stay within the 15% income tax bracket: maximum annual income = single, $37,950; married filing jointly, $75,900. Investors can harvest capital gains with a zero tax rate as long as their income stays in or below the 15% tax bracket. To help reduce…

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When Should You Retire?

About half of Americans retire between the ages of 61 and 65. Among today’s retired households, a traditional pension or retirement plan appears to be one of the differences between a high- and low-income lifestyle. That’s because among the 41 percent of retirees whose annual income is less than $25,000, only 21 percent receive income from…

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Live Long or Prosper? How Retirees can do Both.

Some retirees underspend throughout their golden years, sacrificing quality of life to assure they don’t outlive their income. Others resist their desire to be philanthropic because of concerns that donations could leave them short on money down the road. A market downturn during the early years of retirement can be one of the biggest risks…

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The Science Behind Decision Making

In the 1940s, 90 percent of the stock market was owned by individual household investors. Today, with the widespread use of investment banking and mutual fund investing, individuals are responsible for trading only 20 percent of U.S. corporate equity. Do we no longer trust ourselves with investment decisions? You might think that, with so much…

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Facts About IRAs

While an IRA may have a lower annual contribution limit (2017: $5,500; $6,500 age 50 or older) than a workplace-sponsored retirement plan, opening an IRA can provide an opportunity to help diversify your retirement assets. An IRA offers certain benefits that are generally not available in a 401(k), such as: Lower cost Larger spectrum of…

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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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