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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

The Power of Financial Planning, Part Four

The EX Factor: Why There’s Value in a Financial Adviser’s Experience — and How to Measure It Here in the fourth installment of a five-part article series on The Power of Financial Planning, we look at the power of experience

Crystal Ball Gazing: Watch for These Seven Developments and Their Impact on Your Finances

Here’s what we know: The U.S. economy remains in high gear. Unemployment is near all-time lows. Investors are content as the stock market continues its lengthy run-up. Interest rates have nudged higher, as has the U.S. inflation rate. All against

Five Tips for Reckoning with Rising Healthcare Costs

All it takes is a glance at the bills from your medical and health insurance providers — and the dent that paying them makes in your bank account — to know that healthcare costs are rising steadily from year to

The Phases of Retirement and How to Prepare for Them

Everyone has a unique vision for how their retirement will unfold — a story they want to write for themselves once they move to the next phase of life. “The story is different for each person,” observes FPA member Monica


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