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Planning out Retirement as a Couple

Marriage is about tackling life together, and retirement is a big part of your life. You may be the type of couple that tends to do everything together, you may enjoy your personal space, or be somewhere in between. As wonderful of a period as the golden years can be, this major life transition can be a hurdle for many couples.

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Can Teens Find a Balance Between High School and Work?

Parenting is full of fun challenges. There’s no “right” way to go about it, but one things is for sure, we have to do what we can to set our kids up for success. And as our children grow into teens, preparing them for success means teaching them financial responsibility.

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How to Maximize Your Employer Matching 401k Plan

An employer matching 401k plan is the gift that keeps giving. What you put into your retirement fund may be matched by your employer. Unfortunately, many employees aren’t taking full advantage of their retirement savings plans. If you haven’t checked your 401k lately or checked your employer’s match, you may be missing out on free money. Here’s how you can maximize your employer matching 401(k) plan.

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Boost Your Brain Power

This New Year, when you think fit, think brain fitness. Vow to break from routine and focus on strengthening your body AND your mind. The idea of losing a step or two worries many of us, especially those who find themselves forgetting things more often than they like.

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Volunteering Can Be Good for Your Health

Staying active can be a great way to ease one’s mind and feel recharged. This is especially true if you’ve reached retirement age.

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IRAs for Millennials

Job hopping can be a necessary move for Millenials making their way up the corporate ladder. If you find yourself in search of greener pastures every few years, and you’ve yet to get your 401k off the ground, investing in an IRA is the smart move.

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How to Score the Best Deals When Shopping Online

Thanks to the Internet and the rise of online retailers, most of us can buy whatever we need while staying in the comfort of our own homes. Navigating these waters can be tricky, though, without the proper knowledge to back you up.

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Shopping Around for Better Health Insurance

Regardless of whether you already have health insurance and a health savings account, it can’t hurt to see if you qualify for a better policy.

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Continuing Work After Retirement

If you’ve lived a life of hard work and a busy schedule, the biggest thing you’re going to struggle with in retirement is filling the hours of the day that used to be taken up by your job.

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Looking For a Job? Cyber Tips For Young Professionals

As a young professional, you’ve grown up using computers and the Internet. However, as information you share on the Internet becomes increasingly accessible to others, what steps are you taking to protect yourself? Young professionals must tailor their Internet behavior to protect themselves and their budding careers.

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To Borrow or Not to Borrow? Financing for the Holidays

Everyone loves the holidays. The family, the food, the fun—it’s a great time of year. What isn’t great is the financial stress this season can put on our hearts and wallets. Most of us work hard to build up our savings throughout the year, and we shouldn’t have to worry about draining our savings as soon as holiday bells start ringing.

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When to Open You Child’s First Checking Account

Some childhood milestones are pretty straightforward. The crib goes when baby outgrows it. Diapers go off the grocery list when your child learns to potty. The training wheels come off once she learns to balance. Transitions into fiscal responsibility, on the other hand, are a less clear cut. The first big milestone will be your child’s first checking account

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Online Security Means Your Mobile Device, Too

Almost all Americans, regardless of age, are using mobile devices. Often, mobile devices are used for sensitive activities, including banking, online shopping and social networking. Some of these activities require users to provide personal information such as their names, account numbers, addresses, email addresses and passwords. Moreover, apps routinely ask for access to information stored on the device, including location information.

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Talking to Your Retired Parents about Personal Finance

If you have concerns about your parents’ personal finances, it may be wise to see if you can help. Stepping in might not be so easy, however. To your parents, you're always their kid, and they may feel that it’s their responsibility to guide you – not the other way around.

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Talking to Your Kids About Cybersecurity

The best way to protect your kids online? Talk to them. Research suggests that when children want important information, most rely on their parents.

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