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Value vs. Growth Investing

Value vs. Growth Investing

Among stock-market investors there’s long been a debate between those who favor value and those who favor growth.

 

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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.

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1035 exchanges provide a way to trade-in an annuity contract or life insurance policy without triggering a tax liability.

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Your liability for damages that occur when a tree on your property falls on your neighbor’s property is not clear cut.

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What Is My Current Cash Flow?

Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.

Comparing Mortgage Terms

Estimate the total cost in today's dollars of various mortgage alternatives.

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Determine your potential long-term care needs and how long your current assets might last.

Historical Inflation

This calculator shows how inflation over the years has impacted purchasing power.

Home Mortgage Deduction

Use this calculator to assess the potential benefits of a home mortgage deduction.

Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.

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5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

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18 Years’ Worth of Days

The average retirement lasts for 18 years, with many lasting even longer. Will you fill your post-retirement days with purpose?

When Do You Need a Will?

When do you need a will? The answer is easy: Right Now.

The Facts About Income Tax

Millions faithfully file their 1040 forms each April. But some things about federal income taxes may surprise you.

When Markets React

When markets shift, experienced investors stick to their strategy.

An Arm and a Leg

A visit to the hospital can be painful, for both your body and your wallet. Don’t let it be more painful than it has to be.

Inflation and Your Portfolio

Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.

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