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End-of-year tax planning

April 2017 may seem like a long way off, but in tax terms it’s already here. In order to minimize your 2016 tax bill you need to start planning now. Here are some things you can do between now and the end of the year to help make your April 18 (Tax Day 2017) a little happier.

For women, a pay gap could lead to a retirement gap

While the gender pay gap is narrowing, women in the workforce still, on average, earn less than men. The difference in wages, coupled with other factors, can lead to a shortfall in retirement savings for women.

Seeking advice can help ease fears about your financial future

Whether you hope to own a business, a new house or enjoy a comfortable retirement, you’ll need finances along the way. Those who plan along the way are better prepared and have less anxiety about their finances.

Should I pay off my student loans early or contribute to my workplace 401(k)?

For young adults with college debt, deciding whether to pay off student loans early or contribute to a 401(k) can be tough. It's a financial tug-of-war between digging out from debt today and saving for the future.

The return of the 401(k)

Saving for retirement can be tough. Employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plans can offer a good opportunity to save, with employer contributions jumping from 3.9% of employee salaries in 2015 to 4.7% in 2016. Are you taking full advantage of your workplace retirement benefits?

401(k) Withdrawals: Beware the Penalty Tax

You've probably heard that if you withdraw taxable amounts from your 401(k) or 403(b) plan before age 59½, you may be socked with a 10% early distribution penalty tax on top of the federal income taxes you'll be required to pay.

Four numbers you need to know now

When it comes to your finances, it’s easy to overlook some of the numbers that really count. Here are four numbers to pay attention to now – especially because they might really matter in the future.

Don't let rising interest rates catch you by surprise

You've probably heard the news that, in June, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark federal funds rate .25 percentage points. The Fed doesn't directly control consumer interest rates, but changes to the federal funds rate

Father’s Day Financial Advice

Dads are full of advice – and most of it is much more elaborate than “Listen to your mother.” In honor of Father’s Day, we’re sharing some of our favorite bits of fatherly financial wisdom.

New Zealand: A trip to Kiwi country

A good financial plan is everything, especially when saving for a trip of a lifetime. What’s your saving and investing goal? Perhaps a vacation to a certain island nation in the southern hemisphere?

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