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Finding and Claiming Forgotten Funds

Finding and Claiming Forgotten Funds As a child, you may have dreamed about finding buried treasure, but you probably realized at an early age that it was unlikely you would discover a chest full of pirate booty. However, the possibility that you have unclaimed funds or other assets waiting for you is not a fantasy. According to the National Association …

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How much house can I afford?

Years ago, the general rule of thumb was that you could afford a house that cost two and a half times your annual salary. Today, most people finance their home purchases. As a result, determining how much house you can afford generally equates to how large a mortgage you qualify for and how much of a down payment you will …

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Social Security’s looming $32 trillion shortfall

Originally posted on CNBC – we thought this was a very relevant topic. —————————————————————- You can look at the financial health of Social Security in many ways. The official version, found in the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees’ annual report, is this: Social Security’s total income is projected to exceed its total cost through 2019, as it has …

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How can I save for my child’s college education?

This is a very broad question that’s difficult to answer without knowing your individual situation. The option(s) you choose will depend on a number of factors: Your need for strategies with tax advantages (some investments and savings vehicles offer special tax advantages if the money is used to pay college expenses) Your certainty that your child will want to attend …

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I’m getting remarried. How will this affect my Social Security benefits?

If you’re receiving benefits based on your own work record, your benefits will continue. If you’re receiving spousal benefits based on your former spouse’s work record, those benefits will generally end upon your getting remarried, but you may be able to receive benefits based on your new spouse’s work record, or on your own. If you’re a widow(er) under age …

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10 Years and Counting: Points to Consider as You Approach Retirement

If you’re a decade or so away from retirement, you’ve probably spent at least some time thinking about this major life change. How will you manage the transition? Will you travel, take up a new sport or hobby, or spend more time with friends and family? Should you consider relocating? Will you continue to work in some capacity? Will changes …