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Clarify your retirement goals with these 4 questions

Founder, president, Les Goldstein, Personal Financial Strategies Inc., and Investment Adviser •
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What’s important to you about money? I ask clients and potential clients this question all the time, and I’ve learned — after having had thousands of these conversations — that few people give the topic much thought. That’s unfortunate, because the answer — or answers — will help you focus on what matters to you

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Why couples must plan for Social Security as a couple

CFP®, WEALTH MANAGER, Evan T. Beach, Campbell Wealth Management, and Awma® •
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I have sat with clients on countless occasions where one or both spouses have told me defiantly, “I am taking Social Security at 62 because [fill in the blank].” Common rationales include: “The system is going broke.” “I’m going to be dead by 75.” “I need the money.” But in most cases a more accurate

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What to know about reimbursements from 529 plans

Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
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[Question]My son will be starting college in Maine this fall, and we’ll withdraw money from his 529 plan for the first time. Do we need to provide the college-saving plan with evidence of eligible expenses before we can access the money? Also, is there anything special we need to do at tax time? [Answer] You

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Mortgage help for debt-saddled grads

Pat Mertz Esswein, <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i>, and Associate Editor •
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Today’s college grads leave school with an average of $34,000 in student-loan debt. That mound of debt is delaying homeownership among millennials. Parents and grandparents who cosigned private student loans or took out Parent PLUS loans may also be burdened. Now, mortgage giant Fannie Mae has launched loan-underwriting changes that will lighten the load. When

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6 answers to your 401(k) questions

Founder &, Reviresco Wealth Advisory, CEO, Ian Maxwell, and Financial Adviser •
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When working with clients to develop their financial plans, integrating 401(k) accounts into an overall retirement strategy is an important part of the process. For most people, their 401(k) represents their largest source of funds set aside for retirement. Whether deciding how much to contribute, choosing investments within the 401(k), or wondering if it is

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