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  1. 4 Big Retirement Risks—and How to Prepare for Them
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    4 Big Retirement Risks—and How to Prepare for Them

    You can't control unexpected events in your life or in the markets, but these tips can help you limit their impact

  2. Dealing with Volatility: What You Need to Know Now
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    Dealing with Volatility: What You Need to Know Now

    Timely insights to help you manage risk when markets shift

  3. The Things They Never Tell First-time Parents
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    The Things They Never Tell First-time Parents

    Creating a secure financial future for your new baby is one of the most important things you can do⁠—but few parents know where to begin.

  4. Midyear Outlook: Optimism Amid Uncertainty
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    Midyear Outlook: Optimism Amid Uncertainty

    Chief Investment Officer Chris Hyzy answers key questions about the challenges and opportunities investors could expect through year-end

  5. Creating Long Term Value in Your Portfolio with Sustainable and Impact Investing
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    Creating Long Term Value in Your Portfolio with Sustainable and Impact Investing

    We are living in an era of growing social and environmental awareness. People and institutions are looking to make investment decisions with the goal of creating positive social or environmental impact, as well as a financial return.

  6. 5 Top Encore Careers—and Ways to Pay for the Retraining You May Need
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    5 Top Encore Careers—and Ways to Pay for the Retraining You May Need

    Reinventing yourself sometimes requires reeducating yourself. Consider these ways to pay for your encore education.

  7. 3 Ways Trusts Can Protect Your Family
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    3 Ways Trusts Can Protect Your Family

    They can be an efficient way to provide the next generation with a financial legacy—in addition to other benefits you may not have considered

  8. Health Savings Accounts Explained
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    Health Savings Accounts Explained

    Answers to 9 questions many people have—from who's eligible to what costs these accounts can help you cover

  9. Are You the 'Family Bank'?
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    Are You the 'Family Bank'?

    When to say yes—and how to say no—if family members turn to you for financial support

  10. 3 Generations, 1 Great Vacation
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    3 Generations, 1 Great Vacation

    Traveling with family can bring you all closer together. Use these questions to help you plan a memorable getaway without breaking the bank.

  11. Renovate Your Home Without Wrecking Your Budget
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    Renovate Your Home Without Wrecking Your Budget

    These remodeling do’s and don'ts could help you make the most of your home—and potentially even increase its resale value

  12. Divorce in Mid-Life: Fresh Starts, New Financial Challenges for Women
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    Divorce in Mid-Life: Fresh Starts, New Financial Challenges for Women

    When a marriage ends, women often see a larger drop in income than men. Consider these key points as you make decisions about splitting your finances as well as your lives.

  13. Your Guide to Medicare: 5 Key Questions Answered
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    Your Guide to Medicare: 5 Key Questions Answered

    The information you may need to activate coverage for yourself or your parents

  14. Financial Etiquette: Who Pays for What on Vacation?
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    Financial Etiquette: Who Pays for What on Vacation?

    These 3 tips can help you avoid misunderstandings when traveling with family or friends

  15. The Basics Q&A: What Expenses Can a 529 Education Savings Account Cover?
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    The Basics Q&A: What Expenses Can a 529 Education Savings Account Cover?

    Q: I just opened a 529 account for my daughter. How can I use it?

  16. Will Your Social Security Benefits Be Taxed?
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    Will Your Social Security Benefits Be Taxed?

    For many people, the answer is yes–but these strategies could help you minimize the hit on your retirement income

  17. Newlyweds’ Financial-Planning Guide
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    Newlyweds’ Financial-Planning Guide

    When you said, "I do," you committed to sharing your financial future, and that can take some getting used to. (Hint: The more you communicate, the better.)

  18. Market Decode: How Bonds Work—and What They Can Do for You
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    Market Decode: How Bonds Work—and What They Can Do for You

    Watch this video to get the basics on this key ingredient in a well-diversified portfolio

  19. So Long, Corporate World. Hello, Start-Up!
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    So Long, Corporate World. Hello, Start-Up!

    How Heidi and Reid Rasmussen flipped a potentially disastrous layoff into an opportunity to do what they'd always wanted: team up to create a successful company

  20. The Caregiver’s Financial Guide
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    The Caregiver’s Financial Guide

    Five questions to help you prepare for what may be one of the most important roles of your life

  21. Retiring Abroad? Here's What You Need to Know
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    Retiring Abroad? Here's What You Need to Know

    Relocating to another country requires careful planning—financial and otherwise. These 8 questions can help.

  22. What’s the Best Financial Advice Your Mom Ever Gave You?
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    What’s the Best Financial Advice Your Mom Ever Gave You?

    Hear what others had to say in this video celebrating mothers everywhere

  23. Investing for Income—Not Just Growth
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    Investing for Income—Not Just Growth

    These ideas can help as you look to create a steady stream of income for retirement and other cash-dependent goals

  24. How to Maintain Your Balance in an Up-and-Down Market
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    How to Maintain Your Balance in an Up-and-Down Market

    These 3 tips can help you tune out the noise and stay focused on your goals, says this behavioral finance expert

  25. Early Adulthood: The Pursuit of Financial Independence
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    Early Adulthood: The Pursuit of Financial Independence

    70% of early adults received financial support from their parents in the last year

  26. Invest in Yourself: See our financial tips, resources (and inspiration) for women
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    Invest in Yourself: See our financial tips, resources (and inspiration) for women

    We're here to help with ongoing insights and experience specifically for women investors.

  27. Smart Ways to Pay Back Your Student Loan
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    Smart Ways to Pay Back Your Student Loan

    What comes after graduation day? The job of repaying the cost of college. That often involves hard choices, but with a solid strategy you can tackle your debts without jeopardizing your future.

  28. Keep the Joy of Giving Alive Year-Round with a Donor-Advised Fund
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    Keep the Joy of Giving Alive Year-Round with a Donor-Advised Fund

    Donor-advised funds are "a one-stop shop" for managing your charitable giving, offering convenience, flexibility and tax advantages.

  29. The Best Retirement Advice? Be Flexible
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    The Best Retirement Advice? Be Flexible

    In revealing audio clips, clients share the unexpected challenges they found in later life—and the financial choices they made to adjust.

  30. Smart Ways to Transfer the Family Business
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    Smart Ways to Transfer the Family Business

    Three ways to create a meaningful legacy, while generating a healthy retirement income for yourself

  31. What Can an Advisor Do for Me?
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    What Can an Advisor Do for Me?

    Probably more than you think. An advisor can act as your financial coach as you make decisions in all areas of your financial life.

  32. 5 Top Reasons People Turn to an Advisor (And Why You Shouldn’t Wait)
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    5 Top Reasons People Turn to an Advisor (And Why You Shouldn’t Wait)

    Buying a home? Paying for college? Retiring soon? Planning ahead can help you prepare for your financial goals and any unexpected challenges that may come your way.

  33. The Bulletin
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    The Bulletin

    Financial tips, trends and insights to help you plan for the priorities—like your health, home, family, work, even leisure—that matter most to you

  34. Investor Ed: Two Ways to Rebalance Your Portfolio
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    Investor Ed: Two Ways to Rebalance Your Portfolio

    Regularly reviewing and adjusting your investment allocations is a must in today’s markets. Here’s a guide to getting started.

  35. Market Decode:  Balancing Risk and Reward with Asset Allocation
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    Market Decode: Balancing Risk and Reward with Asset Allocation

    Senior investment strategist Marci McGregor explains how asset allocation can help you find the right mix of stocks, bonds and cash to match your risk tolerance—especially when the markets get volatile

  36. What Should You Do When the Markets Get Volatile?
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    What Should You Do When the Markets Get Volatile?

    Market swings can be unnerving, but they shouldn’t distract you from staying focused on your financial goals. We spoke with Niladri Mukherjee, head of CIO Portfolio Strategy, Bank of America Global Wealth and Investment Management, for his insights.

  37. How Do You Want to Be Remembered?<br>
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    How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

    Use these tips to put plans in place that can help protect your family and secure your legacy

  38. Volatility in Pictures: Focus on the Rebounds
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    Volatility in Pictures: Focus on the Rebounds

    Knowing when and how markets have recovered during past downturns can help investors today

  39. The Basics Q&A: Staying Covered Until Medicare Kicks In
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    The Basics Q&A: Staying Covered Until Medicare Kicks In

    Q: If I retire before I’m eligible for Medicare, how can I replace the health insurance coverage I received from my employer?

  40. 2018 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy<sup>1</sup>
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    2018 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy1

    Conducted in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

  41. Empty Nesters: Move or Stay Put?
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    Empty Nesters: Move or Stay Put?

    Do your homework before deciding where to live in retirement. These tips can help.

  42. Digital Defense: Keeping Your Family Safe Online
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    Digital Defense: Keeping Your Family Safe Online

    As our lives become more and more digital, families face increasing threats of cybercrime. Here are some ways to secure your online activities and avoid becoming a victim.

  43. Give Thoughtfully—and Get the Kids Involved
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    Give Thoughtfully—and Get the Kids Involved

    By devoting their lives to philanthropic causes, Martha and Don Farley set an example not just for their children and grandchildren but for every family

  44. Save More for Retirement with These 5 Tips
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    Save More for Retirement with These 5 Tips

    Even if you're juggling other financial goals, there are steps you can take to help you get back on track.

  45. The Basics Q & A: Taxes and Your IRA
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    The Basics Q & A: Taxes and Your IRA

    Q: Which is the better way to save for retirement - a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA?

  46. Market Decode: Volatility Is Not a Roller Coaster. Here's Why.
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    Market Decode: Volatility Is Not a Roller Coaster. Here's Why.

    While volatility is often compared to the iconic carnival ride, there are some important differences. Here’s what you need to know.

  47. Health & Aging: Is Your Family Ready to Cover the Costs?
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    Health & Aging: Is Your Family Ready to Cover the Costs?

    Use these four questions as a guide to help plan ahead for future medical and caregiving needs

  48. The Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
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    The Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund

    Overview

  49. The Merrill Lynch Perspectives Podcast
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    The Merrill Lynch Perspectives Podcast

  50. The Financial Journey of Modern Parenting
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    The Financial Journey of Modern Parenting

    Parenting is a rewarding lifetime commitment that takes us on a complex and challenging financial journey. Preparing early on can make all the difference later.

  51. Volunteer Vacations: Give Back While Getting Away
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    Volunteer Vacations: Give Back While Getting Away

    For your next trip, think about combining seeing the sights with doing something to make the world a little better. It may require some extra planning, but the rewards can be immense.

  52. Why It’s Not ‘Business As Usual’ for Women Entrepreneurs
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    Why It’s Not ‘Business As Usual’ for Women Entrepreneurs

    They overcome financial hurdles to start businesses at twice the rate of men. How women do it offers lessons for all aspiring entrepreneurs.

  53. What Makes People Vulnerable to Elder Fraud?
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    What Makes People Vulnerable to Elder Fraud?

    Research supported by Merrill Lynch provides some unexpected clues that could help you protect your loved ones

  54. The Basics Q&A:
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    The Basics Q&A: "Mommy, Are We Rich?"

    Q: My five-year-old daughter recently asked me about our financial situation. What's the best way to respond?

  55. Retire Ready—or Not?
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    Retire Ready—or Not?

    Enjoy these cartoons—then click through to articles that can help you get better prepared for retirement, financially and otherwise.

  56. The Basics Q&A: Should I Borrow From My 401(k)?
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    The Basics Q&A: Should I Borrow From My 401(k)?

    Q. I need a large amount of cash—more than I have in my savings account. Should I tap into my 401(k)?

  57. 6 Tax Tips for Small Business Owners
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    6 Tax Tips for Small Business Owners

    Here’s what you and your tax professional should be discussing in order to help reduce your tax liability for 2018 and beyond.

  58. 8 Tax Tips That Could Save You Money This Year
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    8 Tax Tips That Could Save You Money This Year

    Starting with your 2018 tax year, the laws have changed substantially. Tax accountant Vinay Navani offers ideas you can share with your tax professional to potentially reduce your tax liability.

  59. Market Decode: Is Impact Investing Right for You?
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    Market Decode: Is Impact Investing Right for You?

    Ways you can combine a desire to have a positive impact on the world with investing for your future

  60. Should You Give Cash As a Wedding Gift?
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    Should You Give Cash As a Wedding Gift?

    Online registries make it easier than ever to do so—and couples may welcome the financial help, says our head of behavioral finance

  61. 7 Key Retirement Dates You Won't Want to Miss
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    7 Key Retirement Dates You Won't Want to Miss

    Taking steps at each of these key stages on the road to retirement could help you maximize your income, minimize your taxes and avoid penalties

  62. Checklist: 7 Things Every Alzheimer's Caregiver Should Know
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    Checklist: 7 Things Every Alzheimer's Caregiver Should Know

    Use these tips to help you keep your loved ones safe as you manage the financial aspects of caregiving

  63. Can You Afford to Be a Stay-at-Home Parent?
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    Can You Afford to Be a Stay-at-Home Parent?

    Here are a few issues to consider—plus some strategies that could help you manage your finances during your career break

  64. The Basics Q&A: Paying Off Grad School Debt
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    The Basics Q&A: Paying Off Grad School Debt

    Q: I’m going to graduate from med school with a lot of student loan debt. How can I make it more manageable?

  65. Millennial Motivation
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    Millennial Motivation

  66. Widowhood: The Loss Couples Rarely Plan for—and Should
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    Widowhood: The Loss Couples Rarely Plan for—and Should

    No one is ever ready, emotionally, for the death of a spouse. But you can prepare financially for the decision-making and reduced income you may someday face.

  67. 6 Classic Elder Fraud Scams—and How You Can Help Prevent Them
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    6 Classic Elder Fraud Scams—and How You Can Help Prevent Them

    Use these tips to help you protect your loved ones from the threat of financial fraud increasingly targeting older Americans.

  68. Do You Have a Retirement <BR> Spending Plan?
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    Do You Have a Retirement
    Spending Plan?

    Saving and investing is just the first step in retirement planning—creating a plan to draw down that money is the next challenge. These tips can help.

  69. Beyond Stocks and Bonds
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    Beyond Stocks and Bonds

    Alternative Investments Have the Potential to Enhance Performance and Help Smooth Portfolio Volatility

  70. The Basics Q&A: How Much Can We Spend on Travel in Retirement?
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    The Basics Q&A: How Much Can We Spend on Travel in Retirement?

    Traveling is one of the joys of retirement. Here’s how to plan for the added expense without jeopardizing your other retirement goals.

  71. Snap Stat: How’s That Vacation Working for You?
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    Snap Stat: How’s That Vacation Working for You?

  72. 5 Easy Steps to Downsize Your Stuff
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    5 Easy Steps to Downsize Your Stuff

    Moving or decluttering? This checklist can help you decide what to keep, sell or give away.

  73. Tips, Stats—and True Stories—to Help You Retire Ready
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    Tips, Stats—and True Stories—to Help You Retire Ready

  74. Healing Vets, Rescuing Dogs
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    Healing Vets, Rescuing Dogs

    How one woman fulfilled her vision for helping both returning soldiers and shelter animals

  75. Health Perks at Work
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    Health Perks at Work

    PPOs, FSAs, HSAs and more—the range of health-care options employers offer can be confusing. Here's a guide to help you decide what might work best for you and your family.

  76. Should I Rent or Own?
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    Should I Rent or Own?

    It's an important but not always easy decision to make. Our expert looks at three essential questions to ask yourself before deciding which option is right for you.

  77. The Journey of Caregiving
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    The Journey of Caregiving

  78. Could Your Home Help Fund Your Retirement?
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    Could Your Home Help Fund Your Retirement?

    Many people live in their most valuable asset. Here’s how its value could help you retire on your terms.

  79. Choosing a Retirement Community: 7 Questions to Ask First
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    Choosing a Retirement Community: 7 Questions to Ask First

    Whether you're considering a move for yourself or for your parents, it's a crucial decision—and mistakes could be costly

  80. Money Conversations Worth Having with Your Family
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    Money Conversations Worth Having with Your Family

  81. Unlocking the Value of Your Home
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    Unlocking the Value of Your Home

  82. How to Calculate Your Home Equity—and Why It Matters
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    How to Calculate Your Home Equity—and Why It Matters

    As prices rise or fall in your area, your home equity also shifts. Here's a quick guide to figuring out how much you have, plus tips for increasing it.

  83. How Your Home Can Help You 'Renovate'  Your Finances
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    How Your Home Can Help You 'Renovate' Your Finances

    A house is more than a place to live and raise your family. Here are some ways the equity you've built up could help you pursue other important goals.

  84. Are You Ready to Buy Your First Home?
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    Are You Ready to Buy Your First Home?

    Answering these seven questions can help you figure out whether it's the right move for you to make now

  85. Why Make Your Heirs Wait?
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    Why Make Your Heirs Wait?

    Giving your children their inheritance now, instead of passing it on in a will, can be very satisfying. Here are some things to consider before fast-tracking your legacy.

  86. Finances in Retirement: New Challenges, New Solutions
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    Finances in Retirement: New Challenges, New Solutions

  87. Explore “Leisure in Retirement: Beyond the Bucket List”
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    Explore “Leisure in Retirement: Beyond the Bucket List”

  88. Same-Sex Marriage: The Financial Benefits
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    Same-Sex Marriage: The Financial Benefits

    Here's why a growing number of couples are considering tying the knot in the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark decision on marriage equality

  89. Checklist: 7 Questions Every Advisor Should Be Able to Answer
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    Checklist: 7 Questions Every Advisor Should Be Able to Answer

    Whatever your priorities, this can help you find someone who understands you and has the resources to help you manage your financial life

  90. 7 Money-Saving Tips for Holiday Shopping
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    7 Money-Saving Tips for Holiday Shopping

    Buying presents for family and friends can be expensive. These strategies could help you save money as you search for the perfect gifts.

  91. Holiday Travel: Ways to Save Money—and Reduce Stress
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    Holiday Travel: Ways to Save Money—and Reduce Stress

    Advice from an expert on how not to let crowds, delays, high prices and bad weather get you down

  92. Social Security: Aiming for Smarter Payments
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    Social Security: Aiming for Smarter Payments

    Delaying your benefits for as long as you can could give you greater income for life. But is it the right move for you? These insights can help.

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