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Make the Most of the 529 Plan — for College and Maybe Before, Too

College can be expensive. And as anyone who has contemplated funding a child’s college education likely is well aware, it’s not getting any cheaper. Which is why it’s critical to consider taking advantage of any and all programs that make

The Best Places to Stash Your Just-in-Case Cash

As important as maintaining a reserve of readily accessible cash is to protect against life’s big what-if’s, the idea of setting aside money for something that may never come to pass isn’t exactly appealing, particularly if it means parking that

Five Steps to Limit the Financial Damage from a Natural Disaster

A major earthquake in Alaska. Devastating wildfires in California. It was a busy final few months of 2018 for natural disasters in the United States, punctuating another year of costly losses of life and property, and providing Americans with a

Best of Both Worlds: Blending Technology and Human Advice for a Better Financial Life

With technology touching virtually every aspect of our lives, it can be easy to lose sight of the critical role that person-to-person relationships and human expertise continue to play in certain key areas — and in our financial lives in

Eight Money Resolutions That Can Benefit You in the New Year – and for Years to Come

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be a zero-sum game, where a few months of eating healthier or exercising more frequently are quickly offset by a return to old habits. Rather than pursuing a resolution that isn’t sustainable over the

What Exactly is a Retirement Income Plan?

Year after year, in survey after survey, the prospect of running out of money — of falling short of income — ranks among the biggest worries that Americans have about retirement. Which raises the question: What can people do in

Charitable Giving in the Trump Era: Five Tax-Favored Strategies

With the giving season approaching and the 2018 tax year nearing its close, charitably minded people will have to get more creative with their giving strategies in order to reap tax benefits under the sweeping federal tax package that took

The Power of Financial Planning, Part Five

Make It Personal: Why Customized Advice Matters When Working With a Financial Pro Here in the final installment of a five-part series on The Power of Financial Planning, we look at the all-important personalization aspect of financial planning — how

Planning for Nine of Life’s Biggest What-ifs

Life is full of “what-ifs” — difficult-to-foresee developments that, if they come to pass, can turn a person’s life upside down, particularly if he or she hasn’t taken steps to plan for them in advance. One of those big what-if’s

Why Consider a Career in Financial Planning? Let’s Count the Reasons

“I love the idea of directly impacting peoples’ lives,” Natalie Colley says from her office on Broadway in New York City. That desire to personally connect with and positively affect others is the chief reason Colley left the pharmaceutical industry


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