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Keep Calm and Save On

When it comes to personal finance, it’s easy to become paralyzed by the fear of not making the right choice. Breathe and start now.

My Social Security Account

A My Social Security account allows you to review your contributions to the Social Security program. You can also get a personalized estimate of how much you will receive if you claim Social Security at various ages. Periodically reviewing your Social Security statement allows you to make sure your earnings are recorded correctly.

Tips for New Homeowners

Owning a home can be a rewarding, but expensive, experience. Here’s some tips on how to keep your finances on track.

What Can You Spend Your 529 Savings On?

The most common questions about 529 plans tend to be around what does and does not qualify. Non-qualified withdrawals are subject to income tax as well as a 10 percent penalty on the earnings portion of the withdrawal. Here’s some info on of what does and does not qualify.

Saving for Millennials

The most significant financial challenge facing 20-somethings and 30-somethings is a structural problem in how they will be able to save and invest for retirement.

Prepare Your Finances for a Layoff

Trouble is a-brewing at your company, and there are signs that your job might be slashed. Here’s how to prep your finances for life without a paycheck.

Your Long-Term Care Insurance Policy

Many are asking what to do when you receive a rate increase on your long-term care insurance policy. Suze Orman’s advice has been to not buy long-term care insurance unless you can afford a 50% rate increase in your lifetime.

Finance Lessons From Millennials

Here’s a look at some of the finance lessons the older generation could learn from today’s young adults.

What You Need to Know About the W-4 Tax Form

The most important tax form that you’ll ever fill out actually has nothing to do with the returns you file in April — or October, for those who like living on the edge with their extensions. In fact, many people only file this form once. Yet it has a profound impact on your taxes.

How to Check If a Charity’s Tax-Deductible

If you’ve had a good year, you might be considering making some generous charitable donations between now and Dec. 31. That’s great, but if you’re counting on a federal income tax deduction, you’ll need to confirm that the organization you’re considering is an IRS-approved tax-exempt charity eligible to receive deductible donations.