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3 most dangerous myths of retirement planning

Unique Financial Advisors, Founder & President, CFP™, and Vid Ponnapalli •
Kiplinger

Recently I was talking to a good friend of mine, who is in his early fifties, about his retirement planning. I asked him how prepared he was. Here is what he said: “I am all covered. I will retire at 65. I expect my retirement expenses to be 70% of my pre-retirement expenses. I will

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5 tips to start your estate planning today

Taylor Schulte, Founder, Define Financial, CFP, and CEO •
Kiplinger

Estate planning can seem daunting and overwhelming. It may even conjure up negative emotions for some. Perhaps that’s why an estimated 64% of Americans don’t have a will or any type of estate plan in place. Unfortunately, that means a majority of the population is at risk of leaving their families or business partners a

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Best ways to help your grandkids pay for college

Sandra Block, Senior Associate Editor, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance •
Kiplinger

If you’re a grandparent, you’ve probably thought about helping your grandchildren pay for college. The cost of college tuition has risen sharply since the days when your own children went to school, straining family finances and forcing many students to take out loans. One option that’s popular with grandparents is to invest in a 529

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What women need to know about money

Sandra Block, Senior Associate Editor, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance •
Kiplinger

Consider a pair of twins who grow up together, have the same talents and education, nurture the same desire to raise a family, and embrace the same ambitions for their career. But in adulthood, one twin consistently earns less than the other, has a spottier work record and gets stuck further down the career ladder.

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A man who explored the world for 2 years on $12,000 gives his best advice for traveling on the cheap

Libby Kane (lkane@businessinsider.com) •
Business Insider

In 2010, Ron Tipan left his job as a building technician in Chicago to set off on a 12-country, two-year trip through Central and South America and Asia, looking for opportunities to volunteer and help communities in need. He did it all on $12,000. “It took me about ten years to save that much money,”

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