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Common-Sense Retirement Strategy

Is the best retirement strategy to keep a level head and focus on what matters most to you?

Raise Your Kids to Be Losers

Personal finance is seldom taught in school, so that responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of parents.

What to Buy For Your College Freshman

Use this all-inclusive checklist that covers everything from bedding to food to medicine, and you’re guaranteed to not have any of those awful “oh-no-I-forgot-X-important-thing” moments on move-in day.

Social Security Spousal Benefit

The gap between spouses’ benefit amounts is a key factor in determining which claiming strategies a couple should use.

Phone Fraud Starts With A Silent Call

The phone rings. You pick it up, but nobody answers. It turns out there could be someone on the other end of the line: an automated computer system that’s calling your number to build a list of humans to target for theft.

Finances for Prospective Parents

It costs parents an average of $245,340 to raise a child from birth to age 18. That figure from the U.S. Agriculture Department is just one reason why prospective parents are advised to consider parallel financial planning for child-based expenses and retirement.

What to Do When the Stock Market Drops

The stock market has turned cruel, probably leaving you with losses in your 401(k), IRA or college savings. What should you do?

How to File a Homeowner’s Insurance Claim

How to win your insurance case after a flood, earthquake, fire or some other unforeseen event leaves you with a huge loss.

Beware of Com Ed Phone Scam

Schaumburg police issued a community alert Wednesday afternoon warning residents of a phone scam targeting ComEd customers. If you have concerns about the status of your account, call ComEd’s customer service line at (800) 334-7661.

Long-Term Investing

Can you find one mutual fund to take you from college to retirement?