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  • John Bogle: The Defiant Patron Saint of Index Investing

    Vanguard founder John C. Bogle died Jan. 16 at age 89. But "Saint Jack," who built the index fund from virtually nothing into a $5 trillion empire and was a boon to individual investors, had already cheated death several times before.
  • Worried You're Never Going to Be Able to Retire?

    Five common threats to your retirement (and how you can tackle them now).
  • 8 Tax Deductions Eliminated (or Reduced) Under the New Tax Law

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered tax rates and nearly doubled the standard deduction, which is expected to reduce taxes for about 65% of taxpayers, according to the Tax Policy Center. But an estimated 29% of Americans will see no change to their tax bill, and 6% of you will pay more. If you're one of the unfortunate taxpayers who don't get a lower tax bill, it might be because the tax overhaul scrapped or capped some popular tax breaks. Here are 8 common tax deductions that were repealed or...
  • How Does the Government Shutdown Affect Medicare?

    Plus, find out about the partial shutdown's impact on health coverage for veterans and government employees.
  • 7 Companies Getting Hit by the Government Shutdown

    The partial U.S. government shutdown is now into its fourth week, making it the longest-ever political standoff of its kind. While critical functions such as defense and mail delivery still are operating, other less-vital units have been mothballed, including several national parks and many Washington, D.C., monuments. A handful of agencies are somewhere in between, furloughing some nonessential workers while keeping essential ones at work to maintain the absolutely necessary aspects of their...
  • Federal Bank Holidays 2019: Is My Bank Open Today?

    Find out if your bank is likely to be open in 2019 on New Year's Day, MLK Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  • Switching to a New Medicare Advantage Plan Gets Easier

    New rules in 2019 give consumers more time and options to change their Medicare Advantage plan if they don't like it.
  • A Huge Hiring Mistake Dentists and Other Professionals Make All the Time

    Dentists, doctors and other health care professionals have a lot to lose when choosing their support staff. They (and other business owners) can't afford to overlook this crucial part of the hiring process.
  • The 19 Best ETFs for a Prosperous 2019

    Wall Street pros, the analyst community and individual investors alike were thrown for a loop in 2018. American tariff disputes with the rest of the world, wild energy-price swings and global growth concerns not only ravaged the market at various points, but also has the experts preaching caution as we enter the new year. The best ETFs for 2019, then, are going to need to accomplish a couple specific goals. For one, you'll want some ETFs that position you defensively while still allowing you to...
  • Will the Government Shutdown Delay My Tax Refund?

    Despite the shutdown, the IRS says it will provide refunds to taxpayers without delay. We're not so sure.
  • Will the Government Shutdown Delay My Social Security Benefits?

    Offices remain open and monthly Social Security checks will go out on time despite the partial shutdown.
  • Leave Behind More than Your Money: Communication Is Key to a Successful Legacy

    When you consider that 70% of wealthy families lose their wealth by the third generation, you'll see how important communication can be to your estate plan's success.
  • An IPA Isn't Just a Beer, It's a Secret to Commercial Real Estate Investing

    When investing in real estate, picking the right property is paramount, and one way to go about that is by using my "IPA" evaluation philosophy.
  • The Best Emerging-Markets Stocks for 2019

    If you think 2018 was a rough year for American stocks, take a look overseas. Emerging markets were absolutely hammered last year. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), the most widely followed proxy for emerging-markets stocks, finished 2018 down 17%. Many individual developing countries fared even worse. The Xtrackers Harvest SCI 300 China A-Shares ETF (ASHR) - which tracks the performance of China's largest domestically traded shares - lost 29% last year. The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF...
  • Are Estimated Taxes Still Due Despite the Government Shutdown?

    Don't think you can skip your January 15, 2019 estimated tax payment, for 2018's fourth quarter, just because IRS employees are furloughed.
  • Why You May Need a Pro Trustee: Trust Administration is Not Just Common Sense

    Even smart, ethical, well-intentioned trustees could find themselves in trouble, possibly facing a judgment that they could be forced to pay from their own funds.
  • 2019 New Year's Resolution: Fix My Retirement Plan

    A five-step plan to map out your retirement income potential, create a budget and help put your long-term goals safely in reach.
  • Using a Health Savings Account to Pay Long-Term-Care Premiums

    You can tap an HSA to pay the premiums for a long-term-care insurance policy, but the amount you can withdraw tax-free depends on your age.
  • Which Baseball Team Should Manny Machado and Bryce Harper Sign With – If They Care About Taxes?

    We're still in the middle of baseball's hot stove season - the sport's offseason, when franchises juggle their rosters via trades and free-agent signings. There are dozens of free agents looking for contracts with new teams, but let's face it: All eyes are on superstars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Machado and Harper are asking for contracts worth more than $300 million and, who knows, they just might get them. If so, they'll be hit with some pretty big tax bills to go with the huge...
  • 7 Cheap Stocks to Buy on the Dip

    Despite a rocky 2018, many analysts still are bullish on the investing outlook for 2019. Yes, the final quarter of last year was miserable - but the upshot is that it left investors with numerous higher-quality cheap stocks to buy. Blackstone's Joseph Zidle, Managing Director and Investment Strategist in the Private Wealth Solutions group, told CNBC, "This is a buying opportunity. We see the market (the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index) up 15 percent in 2019. This is just not a...
  • 15 Reasons You'll Go Broke in Retirement

    As 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day and count down the minutes to retirement, they're also counting their savings - and their fears. They're not alone. According to the latest Transamerica Retirement Survey, the single greatest retirement fear is outliving savings, which was cited by 52% of those polled. Indeed, 38% of workers aren't confident they will be able to retire with a comfortable lifestyle, the survey found, and 46% don't believe they are building a large enough retirement nest...
  • 5 Steps to Maximize Your Social Security Benefit

    Should you take benefits ASAP or wait? It's the million-dollar retirement question, but it's far from the only factor involved in making the most of your Social Security nest egg. There are other possibilities to consider as well.
  • The 25 Best S&P 500 Stocks of the Past 50 Years

    John D. Rockefeller is reputed to have said, "The only thing that gives me pleasure is to see my dividends coming in." Income investors hopefully lead fuller emotional lives than the richest American who ever lived, but they, like Rockefeller, should understand the long-term power of dividends. Just have a look at the best stocks of the past half-century. In every case but one - which is a very special case, indeed - dividend income was critical to generating superior returns over the long...
  • Transitioning to Retirement Is Like Moving to a New World – Bring a Map

    To truly be ready to retire, you need to fully explore the unfamiliar territory ahead. Your retirement future can be broken down into five distinct "worlds," each with its own danger zones that you need to navigate.