Since 2002, the US has been in a long-term secular bear market that some have described as the lost decade. Although the US is still the largest economy on earth in GDP terms; chronic deficits, unsustainable debt, and the global banking crisis since 2008 have called into question the viability of the traditional "Buy, Hold, & Hope" investment philosophy. As we enter our second decade of low returns investors are demanding both a DEFENSIVE approach that protects on the downside while providing OFFENSIVE strategies for growth of their portfolios.
Buying vs. Leasing a Car
Whatever your relationship with your car, it may eventually come time for a new one. Familiarize yourself with your options.
What If You Get Audited?
The chances of an IRS audit aren't that high. And being audited does not necessarily imply that the IRS suspects wrongdoing.
Do You Owe The AMT?
If you want to avoid potential surprises at tax time, it may make sense to know where you stand when it comes to the AMT.
Have income that isn’t subject to tax withholding? Or insufficient withholdings? You may have to pay estimated taxes.
Can you keep up with your children’s mobile slang?
Regardless of how you approach retirement, there are some things about it that might surprise you.
Tax preparation may be the perfect time to give the household budget a check-up.
What’s the deal with your yearly free credit report?
Without a solid approach, health care expenses may add up quickly and potentially alter your spending.
Estimate how much income may be needed at retirement to maintain your standard of living.
Use this calculator to assess the potential benefits of a home mortgage deduction.
This calculator compares employee contributions to a Roth 401(k) and a traditional 401(k).
Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.
This calculator can help you estimate how much you may need to save for retirement.
Use this calculator to estimate your income tax liability along with average and marginal tax rates.
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.
The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.
There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
What is your plan for health care during retirement?
From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.
A special needs trust helps care for a special needs child when you’re gone.
Around the country, attitudes about retirement are shifting.
Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.