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Why your kid needs a Roth IRA

Founding Publisher, Editor, Moneypaper, and Vita Nelson •
Kiplinger

As a Kiplinger reader, I’m sure you’re aware of the advantages of a Roth IRA compared with a traditional IRA. The main benefit, of course, is that under current law, qualified Roth IRA distributions aren’t taxed, no matter how much income is reported on the owner’s tax return. What you may not know is that

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Money-smart tips for back-to-school shopping

By Danielle Braff •
Chicago Tribune

Retailers are pulling out every trick in the book to lure you in for back-to-school shopping. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the stores. The average family with a child in kindergarten through 12th grade is expected to spend about $674 on everything from pens to computers this year,

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How to refinance your student debt

Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and Kaitlin Pitsker •
Kiplinger

You’ve graduated from college, launched a career, and maybe gotten married or purchased a home. But one part of your past continues to give you headaches: your student loans. The rate of increase in the average amount students borrow has slowed in recent years, but borrowers are still racking up debt — about $25,000 to

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Smart financial moves for surviving spouses

Jane Bennett Clark, Senior Editor, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance •
Kiplinger

Debra Weekley was surprised but not especially concerned when her husband, Mark Cartier, failed to call her from the parking lot after his early-morning climb on Mount Hood, near their home in Portland, Ore. Nor was she worried when a friend called to tell her a climber was down on the mountain; Cartier, an accomplished

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This couple was afraid to work for themselves — but after making the leap, they earn 6 figures while traveling the world

Business Insider •
Business Insider

In 2010, Karen Sargent and Paul Farrugia had $15,000 of savings burning a hole in their pocket. At first, they thought they would buy a flat in London, where they were living. However, Sargent remembers, “We’d daydream about traveling, and we decided the money was better spent on travel.” Instead of putting a down payment on a home,

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