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Budget Planning

Putting your year-end bonus to work for you.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who receives a year-end bonus, you’re likely thinking about how to spend it. Vacation? Shopping spree? It’s hard to fight the urge to splurge if you don’t have a plan for the money…


Interest rate basics.

The American dream is still alive and well, with goals like owning a home and paying for children’s college education at the top of many financial wish lists. However, with college costs and home prices continuing to soar, the amount…


Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan

IRA vs. 401(k): What’s the difference between an IRA and a 401k?

Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) share many characteristics of retirement plan accounts like 401(k) accounts or Thrift Savings Plan accounts, but differ in many other ways. The main similarities? Tax-deferred growth possibilities, as both forms of accounts generally offer tax-deferred earnings…


American employees: Are you leaving money on the table?

If your boss wanted to give you a $1,300 bonus on the spot, you’d take it, right? A surprising number of Americans actually don’t. Many employees are offered that incentive in the form of a 401(k) match and for whatever…


Life Insurance

Understanding the different types of life insurance.

You probably know that having a life insurance policy is important, but may not know which of the array of options is right for you. Here, we break down the different types of policies and explain which may be better…


The basics of life insurance.

September is national Life Insurance Awareness Month. And while it’s important to consider life insurance throughout the entire year, this “holiday” can be extra motivation to re-evaluate your current policy — or more importantly, look into buying one if you…


Education & College Planning

What you need to know about managing and repaying your student loans.

A college or graduate degree can be valuable and empowering. It can also come at a significant cost, mostly in the form of student loans. If you or someone you know is faced with the challenge of repaying student loans,…


What to know about health insurance options for college students.

College can be an exciting (and emotional!) time for the whole family. There are courses to select, dorm decorations to buy and meal plans to choose from. It also marks a big step toward greater independence. So how do you…


Family and Finances

Renters and homeowners insurance — are you covered?

Have you recently bought a new home or moved into that cool new apartment building? Congratulations! Before you start planning your housewarming party, however, you’ll need to tie up an important loose end: insurance. Homeowners insurance and renters insurance are…


Is homeownership on the horizon? Here’s how to grow your down payment.

So you’ve decided to buy your first home! Before you start scrolling through real estate listings and filling out paperwork to get prequalified, you’ve got something more important to think about, though: getting a down payment in place. While many…


Getting Started in Investing

It’s time for a check-up! Take our financial wellness quiz.

Have you heard the latest buzzword? It’s “financial wellness” — a conceptual cousin of the health wellness programs that are part of many workplace benefits packages. So what’s it all about? Defining financial wellness. When it comes to physical health,…

advisor answering client investment questions

6 investing questions you may be too embarrassed to ask.

Have you ever felt hesitant to ask your investment advisor (or anyone else, for that matter) a question about investing or retirement planning? When it comes to these complicated topics, there are truly no stupid — or overly simple —…