Managing your finances

Should I pay off debt early or save more money for retirement?

Whether to pay off debt early or save more money for retirement is one of the most common questions people ask financial planners.

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Tech tools: What is a digital wallet?

Digital wallets are increasingly becoming the way people choose to store financial information and make everyday purchases. Here's what you need to know. 

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Fast Facts: What's the "real balance" in my checking account?

Here's a quick guide to four key banking concepts you need to understand to avoid overdrafting your account.

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How to choose the right credit card

Reward cards come with an astonishing array of choices. Here's what you need to know to choose a credit card that's right for you.

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Understanding your credit score

Learn what a credit score is and why it's important. Find out how to request a free copy of your credit report and get any errors corrected.

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Teaching your child about money

The lessons you teach your children about money today will give them a solid foundation for making a lifetime of financial decisions.

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How to rebuild financial stability after a divorce

After a divorce, it's important to follow these steps to get your finances on the right track.

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Tips for building an emergency fund

Building an emergency fund helps with unexpected financial situations, such as job loss, illness or injury, and urgent car or home repairs.

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How to prepare for a financial setback

Responsible financial planning requires preparing for how you'll deal with unanticipated setbacks and worst-case financial scenarios.

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Test your knowledge of financial basics

How well do you understand personal finance? Take this short quiz and answer these 10 questions to find out.

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Merging your money when you marry

Getting married is exciting, but it brings many challenges — such as how to merge your finances.

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Teach your children well: Basic financial education

Help your kids understand the value of money by paying them allowances, teaching them how to create a budget, and guiding them while shopping.

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Financial basics for millennials

Millennials face financial challenges that are unique to this generation. Here's a step-by-step approach to overcome them.

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Investing

Investing 101: Understanding the stock market

Investing is an important part of building wealth. But before you begin, it's helpful to understand the basics of how the market works.

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The fundamentals of investing: What you need to know

Whatever your personal financial goal, you need a fundamental understanding of these five common investment instruments.

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Tips for selecting a financial advisor who's right for you

The first step in developing a financial plan is finding the right financial advisor to help you. Here's what to look for.

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6 reasons why you need a financial plan

If you earn an income, it's time to think about putting a financial plan together so you can make the most of the money you have.

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Investing for a major financial purchase

First identify your goals, then you can determine how much money you'll need and which investments can help you meet these goals.

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Investing 101: Handling market volatility

Though there's no foolproof way to handle the ups and downs of the stock market, the following common sense tips can help.

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4 basic questions to discuss with a financial advisor

An advisor can help you identify potential gaps or shortcomings in your current financial plan that might be difficult to spot on your own.

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Understanding risk

When it comes to investing, you want to maximize returns without taking an inappropriate level of risk. Learn how to balance your risk.

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Crash course in saving for your child's college education

Get tips on saving for your child's education, including the cost of college, college savings plans like 529 plans, investments, and more.

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5 steps to begin planning your retirement journey

Learn how to identify small steps you can take now to help you reach your ultimate retirement savings objectives.

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Birthdays after 50: Key considerations for taxes and retirement

Beginning at age 50, there are several key birthdays that can affect your tax situation, health-care eligibility, and retirement benefits.

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Maintaining your lifestyle into retirement

Saving for retirement means calculating the estimated cost of retirement and then developing a savings plan. Here's how to get started.

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Home ownership

Mortgage basics: What is a down payment?

What is a down payment? How much is it? And where does the cash come from? Learn more about how to take this key step toward home ownership.

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Mortgage basics: What is an escrow account?

Escrow can confuse even the most savvy home buyers. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about escrow accounts

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Mortgage basics: What are closing costs?

What are closing costs? How much are closing costs? And who pays closing costs? We break it down to ensure there are no surprises.

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7 things to know before applying for a mortgage

For first-time home buyers, strange terminology and confusing paperwork can be intimidating. Here's what you should know.

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Should I rent or buy a home?

How do you know if it makes financial sense for you to own a home? These four questions can help you decide if you should rent or buy.

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7 tips for first-time homebuyers

Steps to buying your first home include checking your credit report, finding a lender, getting preapproved for a mortgage, examining loan options, and more.

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Do I refinance or get a HELOC?

When it comes to deciding whether to refinance a mortgage or get a HELOC, one size doesn't fit all. Here's how to explore your options.

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