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The tax rules that govern donating art are complex and confusing. Take a closer look.

Tax Rules When Selling Your Home

Tax Rules When Selling Your Home

The tax rules governing profits you realize from the sale of your home have changed in recent years.

 

Catch-Up Contributions

Workers 50+ may make contributions to their qualified retirement plans above the limits imposed on younger workers.

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When considering life insurance, it's important to understand your options.

What's New for Social Security?

There have been a number of changes to Social Security that may affect you, especially if you are nearing retirement.

Social Security: Maximizing Benefits

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Lifetime of Earnings

Estimate how much you have the potential to earn during your working years.

Self-Employed Retirement Plans

Estimate the maximum contribution amount for a Self-Employed 401(k), SIMPLE IRA, or SEP.

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This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals.

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This calculator compares employee contributions to a Roth 401(k) and a traditional 401(k).

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This calculator compares the financial impact of leasing versus buying an automobile.

Can I Refinance My Mortgage?

This calculator can help determine whether it makes sense to refinance your mortgage.

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Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

5 Smart Investing Principles

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

Investment Strategies for Retirement

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

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

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

Principles of Preserving Wealth

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

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Jane Bond: Scaling the Ladder

Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.

Don't Buy The Hype

There are a lot of misconceptions about Social Security. Here’s the truth about three of them.

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.

The Richest Man in Babylon

In good times and bad, consistently saving a percentage of your income is a sound financial practice.

Investments

You’ve made investments your whole life. Work with us to help make the most of them.

What Smart Investors Know

Smart investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.

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