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Understanding the Alternate Valuation Date

Understanding the Alternate Valuation Date

Executors can value the estate on the date of death, or on its six-month anniversary —the “Alternate Valuation Date."

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.

Best Performing Asset Classes

Best Performing Asset Classes

Bonds may outperform stocks one year only to have stocks rebound the next.

 

Types of Stock Market Analysis

Most stock market analysis falls into three broad groups: Fundamental, technical, and sentimental. Here’s a look at each.

A Look at Diversification

Diversification is an investment principle designed to manage risk, but it can't prevent against a loss.

Countdown to College

Preparing for college means setting goals, staying focused, and tackling a few key milestones along the way.

When Should You Take Social Security

Monthly Social Security payments differ substantially depending on when you start receiving benefits.

What Do Your Taxes Pay For?

Here's a breakdown of how the federal government spends your tax money.

The Economic Journey of Your Morning Coffee

Few contemplate the complex journey that brought their coffee from farm to kitchen table.

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Saving for Retirement

This calculator can help you estimate how much you may need to save for retirement.

Bi-Weekly Payments

This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.

What Is the Dividend Yield?

This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.

Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

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

What's My Potential Estate Tax?

This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.

Should I Buy or Lease an Auto?

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

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Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

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

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

Managing Your Lifestyle

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

Tax Management Strategies

Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

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

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To Buy or Not to Buy

The decision whether to buy or rent a home may have long-term implications.

Exit Strategies of the Rich and Famous

Estate conservation is too important to put off. Do you have a smart exit strategy?

Interest Rates: How Low Can They Go?

The question used to be how low can interest rates go. Now it's how long can rates remain at their historic low levels?

Ready for Retirement?

Are you ready for retirement? Here are five words you should consider.

Charitable Giving: Smart from the Heart

Do you have causes that you want to support with donations? Here are three tips.

Events on Wall Street

Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.

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