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New Changes to College Financial Aid and Education Tax Benefits

In late December 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, another relief package in response to the pandemic. The bill included several provisions related to education, including $22.7 billion for colleges and universities. Here are some key...
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Home-Sweet-Home Equity

Buying a home is a long-term commitment, so it's not surprising that older Americans are much more likely than younger people to own their homes "free and clear" (see chart). If you have paid off your mortgage or anticipate doing so by the time you retire,...
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How Well Do You Understand Retirement Plan Rules?

Qualified retirement plans, such as IRAs and 401(k)s, have many rules, and some of them can be quite complicated. Take the following quiz to see how well you understand some of the finer points. 1. You can make an unlimited number of retirement plan rollovers per...
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IRAs Are Top Tool for Retirement Savings

Individual retirement accounts are the largest pool of U.S. retirement assets, which totaled $33.1 trillion at theend of the third quarter of 2020. Source: Investment Company Institute, 2020
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Is Your Home Office Also a Tax Shelter?

The pandemic ushered in the age of video meetings, providing a glimpse into many kinds of home workspaces. For many workers, a dedicated home office became more important than ever in 2020, though not everyone will get a tax break for having one. A Perk for Business...
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Money Market Funds in a Low Rate Environment

After pushing interest rates gradually upward for three years, the Federal Reserve dropped the benchmark federal funds rate to near zero (0%–0.25%) in March 2020 to help mitigate the economic damage caused by COVID-19.1 The funds rate affects many short-term interest...
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Should You Convert Your Term Life to Permanent Life Insurance?

Term life insurance provides life insurance coverage for a specific time period (the term). The face amount of the policy is paid if you die during the term of the policy. When you live longer than the term of coverage, nothing is paid, as there is no cash surrender...

More People Delay Claiming Social Security

The average age for claiming Social Security retirement benefits has been steadily rising. Older Americans areworking longer, in part because full retirement age is increasing incrementally from 66 to 67. A worker may beginreceiving Social Security retirement benefits...
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A Financial Wellness Plan Can Help Pave the Road to Retirement

If we've learned any lesson over the past year, it's that no matter how carefully we plan and prepare, we'll likely encounter unexpected hurdles. While a global pandemic has certainly underscored the need to pay close attention to our physical wellness, it has also...
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Population Peaks

Global population is projected to peak at 9.7 billion in 2064 and decline to 8.8 billion by the end of the century, according to a study from the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The reversal of population growth — already in...

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