Tax Aware Retirement Changes in 2025

Larger deductions WILL continue for most tax-paying Americans regardless of how many itemized deductions you may have until December 31, 2025. This is because of the standard deduction rate of $12,400 for individual filers in 2020, $24,800 for those ...

Getting Caught Sleeping on Your Retirement

Meet Chris and Amy. They are 42 years old, they have a house with a mortgage, 2 teenagers and together make $140,000/year at work. When their friends ask them how they save for retirement they excitedly respond ‘we participate in a 401K plan at work ...

7 Financial Goals Everyone Should Have

Just like any good goal setting, it helps to have short-, mid- and long term financial goals. This set of seven goals takes that into account, so you can realize financial success both quickly and on a sustained course.

The Tax Deferral Myth

When did saving money ‘pre-tax’ become a good idea? Think back; Do you remember the first time you got a job that had a 401(k) type retirement plan? I say type because the 401(k) is not the only option, there are other plans such as 403(b), TSA, ...

The Hidden Truth Behind Traditional 401(k) Plans

If you are like most Americans, you've heard the phrase "start saving for retirement," drilled into your head by parents, bosses, and financial planners from the time you got your first paycheck. They weren't wrong, as it's definitely never too ...

How to Start Saving for Retirement

For most young people, retirement is nothing more than an afterthought. As such, most folks don’t begin drafting their retirement plans until they approach their 40s. More than half of Americans aged 18-34 have yet to begin saving. And 42% of adults ...

How to Raise Your Credit Score

A good credit score signals good financial health, and with more than just a fair score, creditors will be more confident about extending you a line of credit in its various forms and at some of the most favorable terms.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Personal Budget

Saving money can be difficult, especially when you take into account all of the different ways that you spend money -- such as mortgage payments, rent, utilities, online payments, cash, debit, and (most likely) multiple credit cards. Even if you're ...
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