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

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. The Basics Q&A: 3 Smart Tips for Young Investors
    finances

    The Basics Q&A: 3 Smart Tips for Young Investors

    The markets and investing can seem complicated at first. Use these strategies to better understand your goals for your money and how you can pursue them.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

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

    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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. What Higher Interest Rates Could Mean for You
    finances

    What Higher Interest Rates Could Mean for You

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

  13. 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.

  14. Social Security Strategy Session
    fall-2016

    Social Security Strategy Session

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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. The Value of Advice: Understanding what a Financial Advisor Can Offer You
    finances

    The Value of Advice: Understanding what a Financial Advisor Can Offer You

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. Dealing With the Market's Latest Roller Coaster Ride
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    Dealing With the Market's Latest Roller Coaster Ride

    How should you respond when the markets throw you for a loop? With volatility expected to continue through year-end, we asked Michael Liersch, Merrill Lynch's head of behavioral finance, for his guidance.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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.

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

    Are You Ready to Live to 100 ?
    Ways to Help You Get (Financially) Fit

  32. 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.

  33. 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

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

  35. 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

  36. 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.

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

  38. Andre Agassi: A Champion for Children
    fall-2016

    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.

  39. 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?

  40. 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.)

  41. Finances in Retirement New Challenges, New Solutions
    finances

    Finances in Retirement New Challenges, New Solutions

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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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.

  46. Are Women Better Investors?
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    Are Women Better Investors?

    This research reveals some surprising differences—and similarities—between the sexes

  47. 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?

  48. Empty Nesters: Move or Stay Put?
    spring-2015

    Empty Nesters: Move or Stay Put?

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

  49. 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.

  50. Investor Ed: Two Ways to Rebalance Your Portfolio
    fall-2016

    Investor Ed: Two Ways to Rebalance Your Portfolio

    Keep your goals on track, no matter what the markets do, by regularly reviewing and adjusting your investment allocations

  51. 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

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

  53. 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.

  54. 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

  55. Like Father, Like Son
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    Like Father, Like Son

    How a son turned to his biggest role model—Dad—for guidance as he rebuilt the family business.

  56. An Encore Education for Your Encore Career
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    An Encore Education for Your Encore Career

    Reinventing yourself sometimes requires re-educating yourself. Consider these ways to pay for the courses you need.

  57. A Guide to the Gig Economy
    fall-2016

    A Guide to the Gig Economy

    Millions of Americans are trading full-time jobs for the freedom (and risks) of going it alone. Here’s how to manage your finances if you’re thinking about joining them for a few years—or for keeps.

  58. Fast Forward: How Technology Is Transforming Our Lives
    fall-2016

    Fast Forward: How Technology Is Transforming Our Lives

  59. The Road to 100
    fall-2016

    The Road to 100

    Forget the fountain of youth—our writer goes in search of the secrets of living a happy and financially secure life into your 90s and beyond

  60. A TV Legend—Still Going Strong
    fall-2016

    A TV Legend—Still Going Strong

    In an industry that values youth, Leonard Goldberg and his influential wife, Wendy, are producing hits and supporting causes that celebrate the bonds of family

  61. Is Your Company a Good Citizen?
    fall-2016

    Is Your Company a Good Citizen?

    "Being successful and fulfilling your obligation to the world around you are really the same thing,” says Bank of America Environmental, Social and Governance Executive Andrew Plepler

  62. Finding Work-Life Balance in a Hyperconnected, 24/7 World
    fall-2016

    Finding Work-Life Balance in a Hyperconnected, 24/7 World

    Technology can make it easier—and more difficult—to maintain your equilibrium. Here are three tips to help you stay focused on what’s most important to you.

  63. 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

  64. Tips for Teaching Your Kids to Save
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    Tips for Teaching Your Kids to Save

    Try these inventive ways to help your children become financially savvy

  65. The Family That Gives Together
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    The Family That Gives Together

    Members of ‘the Greatest Generation,’ Don and Martha Farley have devoted their lives to helping others—and they passed along that giving spirit to their three daughters

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

    A new phenomenon in 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.

  67. 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.

  68. Keeping Pace in a Transforming World
    fall-2016

    Keeping Pace in a Transforming World

    With market growth a moving target, regular rebalancing can help you stay on track to pursue your investment goals

  69. Women & Retirement: The Earnings Gap
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    Women & Retirement: The Earnings Gap

    Your approach to investing could help boost your income. Here are some steps to consider.

  70. Bet You Can't Watch Just One!
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    Bet You Can't Watch Just One!

    A great resource for teaching your family about finances—or brushing up on your own knowledge—the Better Money Habits® website, brought to you by Bank of America, offers free, practical information and tools to help you build financial know-how

  71. 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?

  72. 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?

  73. 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.

  74. Is a Trust Right for You?
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    Is a Trust Right for You?

    Yes, trusts can be an efficient way to provide the next generation with a financial legacy—but they can have other benefits you may not have thought about as well. Read about them here.

  75. 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

  76. 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

  77. 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?

  78. 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?

  79. Be the Cure
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    Be the Cure

    Eight strategies that could help you get personal with your health-care philanthropy

  80. Snap Stat: The Incredible Shrinking Cost of Mapping Your DNA
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    Snap Stat: The Incredible Shrinking Cost of Mapping Your DNA

    Thanks to dramatic advances in medical research, the price tag of mapping the human genome has plummeted, making personalized medicine much more affordable

  81. Great Vacation, Great Price
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    Great Vacation, Great Price

    A Travel + Leisure editor’s inside tips to help you get the most for your travel dollars—whether it’s a week at the beach or the vacation of a lifetime

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

  83. What My Mom Taught Me About Money
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    What My Mom Taught Me About Money

    One of our experts shares his mother’s best advice—and offers some tips for teaching your children the financial basics

  84. 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

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

  86. 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

  87. 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

  88. 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.

  89. 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

  90. 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

  91. What’s Your Investment Personality?
    finances

    What’s Your Investment Personality?

    Answering these questions can help you and your advisor create a customized strategy for pursuing all of your retirement goals

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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 let future generations build on the happy memories you've created over the years

  95. Social Security: Aiming for Smarter Payments
    finances

    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.

  96. Financial Guide for First-Time Grandparents
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    Financial Guide for First-Time Grandparents

    Think beyond the layettes and baby rattles to create such lasting gifts as a college education and an inheritance.

  97. Snap Stat: Inflation's Big Bite
    finances

    Snap Stat: Inflation's Big Bite

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

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

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

    Here are some facts that can help you determine your risk

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