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  1. The Bulletin: Weekly Tips, Trends and Insights
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    The Bulletin: Weekly Tips, Trends and Insights

  2. 8 Year-End Tax Tips That Could Save You Money
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    8 Year-End Tax Tips That Could Save You Money

    Consider making these financial moves to help reduce your tax liability and get you closer to your goals

  3. Could Your Home Help You Fund Your Retirement?
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    Could Your Home Help You Fund Your Retirement?

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

  4. Health Savings Accounts Explained
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    Health Savings Accounts Explained

    Answers to nine questions many people have—from who’s eligible to what costs they can help you cover

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

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

  11. The Basics Q&A: Remarried—With Children? An Estate Plan for You
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    The Basics Q&A: Remarried—With Children? An Estate Plan for You

    Q: How can my estate provide both for my adult children and for my second wife?

  12. 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—and can have other benefits you may not have considered. Read about them here.

  13. An Encore Education for Your Encore Career
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    An Encore Education for Your Encore Career

    Reinventing yourself sometimes requires reeducating yourself. Consider these ways to pay for the courses you need.

  14. 3 Generations Under 1 Roof
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    3 Generations Under 1 Roof

    When an extended family lives together, you need a plan to manage costs and keep everyone happy

  15. The Basics Q&A: What Can—and Can’t—I Use a 529 College Savings Account for?
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    The Basics Q&A: What Can—and Can’t—I Use a 529 College Savings Account for?

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

  16. 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 and the markets, but these tips can help you limit their impact

  17. Unlocking the Value of Your Home: Ways to use your home equity to pursue other financial goals
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    Unlocking the Value of Your Home: Ways to use your home equity to pursue other financial goals

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 3 Reasons the Housing Market Is Strong
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    3 Reasons the Housing Market Is Strong

    Demand for homes is on the rise and interest rates remain near record lows. Michelle Meyer, head of U.S. Economics, looks at how long the trend might continue.

  22. Are You The 'Family Bank'?
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    Are You The 'Family Bank'?

    How to say yes—and no—if you’re the person everyone in your family turns to for financial support

  23. The Basics Q&A: Home Office Tax Deductions Made Easy
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    The Basics Q&A: Home Office Tax Deductions Made Easy

    Q: I do most of my work from home. Do I qualify for a home office tax deduction?

  24. Personal Essay: Is Alzheimer's in My Future?
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    Personal Essay: Is Alzheimer's in My Future?

    This twenty something learned the value of financial preparedness, and much more, as he watched his grandfather disappear into the fog of Alzheimer's

  25. Snap Stat: The Big Chill-Out
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    Snap Stat: The Big Chill-Out

  26. 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.

  27. Can a Marriage of (Financial) Opposites Last?
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    Can a Marriage of (Financial) Opposites Last?

    You bet, says this couple who have been married for more than four decades. Here, they share their secrets.

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

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

  29. 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

  30. 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?

    Q: My wife and I may want to spend more on travel and other leisure activities in retirement. Will we run out of money if we do?

  31. The Need for Yield Isn’t Changing—But Ways to Find It Are
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    The Need for Yield Isn’t Changing—But Ways to Find It Are

    With interest rates edging higher, here are ways you can look for portfolio income, at whatever stage of life you’re in.

  32. The Basics Q&A: Retirement Income That Measures Up
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    The Basics Q&A: Retirement Income That Measures Up

    Q: Pension income, investments, a 401(k) account: What’s a smart way for me to draw on these sources to meet my retirement needs?

  33. Are We on the Brink of an Eldercare Crisis?
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    Are We on the Brink of an Eldercare Crisis?

    A scarcity of home health aides is putting pressure on families coping with caregiving

  34. Elder Fraud Is on the Rise: Is a Con Artist Targeting Someone You Love?
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    Elder Fraud Is on the Rise: Is a Con Artist Targeting Someone You Love?

    Here are some signs to watch for—and steps you can take to help protect your family

  35. Checklist: 5 Retirement Questions Every Couple Should Ask—and Answer
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    Checklist: 5 Retirement Questions Every Couple Should Ask—and Answer

    Even newlyweds can benefit from having this conversation. The sooner you come to an agreement, the easier it will be for you to put a plan in place to pursue your goals.

  36. What Higher Interest Rates Could Mean for You
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    What Higher Interest Rates Could Mean for You

    Karin Kimbrough, our head of Investment Strategy, answers your questions

  37. Personal Essay: Honey, I Shrunk Our Home!
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    Personal Essay: Honey, I Shrunk Our Home!

    Though many people resist the idea of moving to smaller digs, this writer is looking forward to the pleasures of downsizing.

  38. Social Security Strategy Session
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    Social Security Strategy Session

    An easy way to find the best time to claim your benefit

  39. 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

  40. What’s Your Home’s IQ?
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    What’s Your Home’s IQ?

    These eight tech enhancements could make your house “smarter,” safer and more efficient. They may even increase its value.

  41. The Basics Q&A: Is There a Driving Age Limit?
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    The Basics Q&A: Is There a Driving Age Limit?

    Q: How can I tell if it’s time for my 78-year-old mother to stop driving?

  42. Picking a College Major That Matters (and Pays)
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    Picking a College Major That Matters (and Pays)

    A quick guide to help you determine where the jobs are—and what kind of work you might like to do

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

    While alluring, relocating to another country can come with its own complications. Ask yourself these 8 questions before making a move.

  44. 5 Tips for Living Well Longer
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    5 Tips for Living Well Longer

    Our experts offer advice on preparing financially—and otherwise—for a retirement that could last 30 years or more

  45. Sandwich Generation Balancing Act
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    Sandwich Generation Balancing Act

    Paying children's college expenses, caring for aging parents — and saving for retirement? You're not alone.

  46. 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

  47. Stocks or Bonds: What Happens When Rates Rise?
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    Stocks or Bonds: What Happens When Rates Rise?

    Understanding income-producing investments—and how they might behave as interest rates rise—can help guide your search for income.

  48. 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.

  49. When the Ultimate Goal Is Family
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    When the Ultimate Goal Is Family

    How a dream of building a retirement home near the kids was almost lost — and what this family did to make it reality.

  50. 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

  51. Juggling Day Care and College Costs?
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    Juggling Day Care and College Costs?

    3 strategies to help you balance these competing needs

  52. Are You Ready for Life’s Big Changes?
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    Are You Ready for Life’s Big Changes?

    Marriage. Divorce. Remarriage. Retirement. Nothing ever stays the same. Here are three strategies to help you navigate life’s major, often scary and unexpected, turning points.

  53. Are You Ready to Live to 100 ?<br/>Ways to Help You Get (Financially) Fit
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    Are You Ready to Live to 100 ?
    Ways to Help You Get (Financially) Fit

  54. 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.

  55. 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

  56. Snap Stat: Life’s Biggest—and Least Understood—Expense
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    Snap Stat: Life’s Biggest—and Least Understood—Expense

  57. 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

  58. You're Getting Married <i>Where?</i>
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    You're Getting Married Where?

    Exchanging vows on a tropical beach—or in an Irish castle—can be more than just an expression of who you are. You might also save time and money.

  59. Snap Stat: Scared Stiff About Health Care Costs
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    Snap Stat: Scared Stiff About Health Care Costs

  60. Andre Agassi: A Champion for Children
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    Andre Agassi: A Champion for Children

    A relentless drive to win lifted him to tennis stardom. In his second career, the one-time rebel of the courts is turning that energy to helping children in need.

  61. 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?

  62. Newlyweds’ Financial Guide
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    Newlyweds’ Financial 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.)

  63. Finances in Retirement New Challenges, New Solutions
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    Finances in Retirement New Challenges, New Solutions

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

  65. Planning for Rising Healthcare Costs in Retirement
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    Planning for Rising Healthcare Costs in Retirement

    Four conversations every family should have right now

  66. Stay Healthy, Save Money
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    Stay Healthy, Save Money

    Taking advantage of Medicare's free preventive health care screenings could help you live a more active and fulfilling life in retirement

  67. 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.

  68. 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?

  69. 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.

  70. The Bride Doesn’t Always Wear White—and Other New Wedding Rules
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    The Bride Doesn’t Always Wear White—and Other New Wedding Rules

    Experts offer their best money-saving tips—plus some insights on how wedding traditions are changing for couples today.

  71. 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

  72. Snap Stat: Renovate—or Relocate—in Retirement?
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    Snap Stat: Renovate—or Relocate—in Retirement?

  73. 5 End-of-Year Tax Tips for Small Business Owners
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    5 End-of-Year Tax Tips for Small Business Owners

    Moves you can make right now that may help reduce your company’s 2016 tax liability.

  74. Are No-Cost College Courses for You?
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    Are No-Cost College Courses for You?

    Open online education is making it easier than ever to pursue knowledge without going broke. Here's what a number of prestigious schools are offering you.

  75. The Basics Q&A: A Retirement Account for Teens? <i>Really?</i>
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    The Basics Q&A: A Retirement Account for Teens? Really?

    Q: My teenage daughter worked as a waitress this summer. Is it too early for her to start investing for retirement?

  76. Healthcare Breakthroughs: Will There Be An Anti-Aging Pill?
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    Healthcare Breakthroughs: Will There Be An Anti-Aging Pill?

    Scientists are making significant strides toward slowing down the aging process—as well as many of the chronic diseases that come with getting older. Our panelists point to several of the most promising innovations.

  77. Four Reasons to Use a Trust
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    Four Reasons to Use a Trust

    Andy Friedman of The Washington Update discusses how trusts can help you provide for the people and causes you care most about—whatever your net worth

  78. Changing Your Facebook Status to
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    Changing Your Facebook Status to "Remarried"—in Retirement?

    Consider these financial issues before walking down the aisle again

  79. 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

  80. Paternity Leave: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
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    Paternity Leave: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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

  82. Checklist: 9 Questions Every Advisor Should Be Able to Answer
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    Checklist: 9 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

  83. Snap Stat: Rebels With a Cause, Boomers Give Back
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    Snap Stat: Rebels With a Cause, Boomers Give Back

  84. 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

  85. The Day
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    The Day "Love Won"—and LGBT Finances Changed Forever

    What the Supreme Court’s historic marriage-equality ruling does—and doesn’t—mean for same-sex couples

  86. Take a One-Big-Happy-Family Vacation!
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    Take a One-Big-Happy-Family Vacation!

    Traveling together is a chance for far-flung relatives to reconnect—and for siblings to decide they really like each other. Here are some tips for planning your own family getaway.

  87. Checklist: 5 Easy Steps to Downsize Your Stuff
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    Checklist: 5 Easy Steps to Downsize Your Stuff

    Whether you’re moving to a smaller space or just trying to declutter your home, this checklist can help you decide what to keep, sell, pass on or give away

  88. Holiday Travel: Getting There Can Be Half the Fun
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    Holiday Travel: Getting There Can Be Half the Fun

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

  89. Keep Tabs on Your Finances Wherever You Are
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    Keep Tabs on Your Finances Wherever You Are

    Merrill Lynch mobile applications and social media channels allow you to stay informed 24/7 around the world.

  90. The Upside of Downsizing
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    The Upside of Downsizing

    Moving to a smaller home can free up money to help you meet other financial goals. Here are four questions to ask yourself first.

  91. Checklist: Must-Reading for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver
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    Checklist: Must-Reading for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

    "If you’re currently caring for a person with Alzheimer’s, here are some tips that can help," says Cynthia Hutchins, Merrill Lynch’s director of financial gerontology.

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

    Delaying your benefits as long as you can could give you greater income for life. Can you afford to wait? Here’s how to determine the timing that’s right for you.

  93. 3 Ways to Leave Your Vacation Home to the Kids
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    3 Ways to Leave Your Vacation Home to the Kids

    Here's how you can allow future generations to build on the happy memories you've created over the years

  94. Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Guide
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    Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Guide

    Seven tips for finding the perfect gift—without breaking your budget.

  95. By the Numbers: Will You Need Long-Term Care?
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    By the Numbers: Will You Need Long-Term Care?

    Here are some facts that can help you determine your risk

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