Personal Finance


I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest. -Venus Williams, American professional tennis player, 2nd in all-time rankings Last year, stocks marched higher with only minor pullbacks.  The largest decline from peak-to-trough for the S&P 500 Index last year was just under 3%.  It was a year that lacked turbulence and rewarded diversified investors.  Since February 1, volatility...

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A friend recently asked me whether she should open a Roth IRA or a Traditional IRA. In case these terms are unfamiliar to you, IRA stands for Individual Retirement Account—as opposed to a group or company-sponsored type such as a 401(k)—and comes in two main forms: Roth and Traditional. While the two types of retirement accounts have several minor differences, there’s one major difference between Roth IRAs and Traditional IRAs: tax...

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“I love the Roth IRA. Tax-free income in retirement is a truly great deal.” -Suze Orman You’re no stranger to the power of compounding interest—but you still might be surprised at the astounding impact it can have on young investors’ financial futures. That’s why we want to share an important piece of advice with you today: tell the young people in your life to open up a Roth IRA, if they haven’t already. Why a Roth IRA? While the...

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Celebrities have enough money to hire the best estate planning lawyers. You would think celebrities, of all people, should have ironclad estate plans that keep their affairs private, leave money and possessions to the people they love and the charities they care about, and take advantage of legal ways to avoid or minimize estate taxes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always turn out that way. Celebrities can be negligent about estate...

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As a generation, baby boomers are starting to wonder how we can leave our mark upon the world. What, besides material possessions, can we hand down to the next generation? How do we capture and define the wisdom and values that we’ve cultivated over decades of experience? How do we pass these precious assets down to our children, grandchildren, and the world at large? Click the thumbnail below to download and read the full...

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