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Global vs. International: What’s The Difference?
International funds invest in non-U.S. markets, while global funds may invest in U.S. stocks alongside non-U.S. stocks.
The Fed and How It Got That Way
Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does.
How to Retire Early
Retiring early sounds like a dream come true, but it’s important to take a look at the cold, hard facts.
The Pros and Cons of a NUA Strategy
Learn the advantages of a Net Unrealized Appreciation strategy with this helpful article.
Life Insurance Myths: Debunked
Whether you have life insurance through your work, are retired, or are raising a family, it pays to know the truth about life insurance coverage. Examine and debunk the five most common life insurance myths, and arm yourself with knowledge.
Is it possible to avoid loss? Not entirely, but you can attempt to manage risk.
Money Draining Food Myths
These food myths will really put a drain on your wallet.
Disability and Your Finances
In the event of an unforeseen accident or illness, disability insurance may be a good way to protect your income and savings.
Separating the Signal From the Noise
A good professional provides important guidance and insight through the years.
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Determine your potential long-term care needs and how long your current assets might last.
Impact of Taxes and Inflation
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?
This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.
What's My Potential Estate Tax?
This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.
What Is My Current Cash Flow?
Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.
Inflation & Retirement
Estimate how much income may be needed at retirement to maintain your standard of living.
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Managing Your Lifestyle
Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.
Principles of Preserving Wealth
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
Your Cash Flow Statement
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
5 Smart Investing Strategies
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies
The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.
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The Facts About Income Tax
Millions faithfully file their 1040 forms each April. But some things about federal income taxes may surprise you.
Retirement Accounts When You Change Your Job
This video discusses issues related to your retirement accounts when you move on from your job.
Retirement Plan Detectives
A couple become Retirement Plan Detectives, searching records from old employers.
Retiring the 4% Rule
A portfolio created with your long-term objectives in mind is crucial as you pursue your dream retirement.
16 Wall Street Cliches in 60 Seconds
Pundits say a lot of things about the markets. Let's see if you can keep up.
Rightsizing for Retirement
What does your home really cost?