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11 Time for some financial spring cleaning
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | March 16th, 2017

Spring is in the air, even if it's not quite there on the calendar. This year, as you shake off the cobwebs from winter and start tidying up around your home and yard, why not also do some financial spring cleaning?
   
12 Plan for Health Care Costs During Retirement
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | March 9th, 2017

When you retire, some of your expenses may go down - but health care is not likely to be one of them. In fact, your health care costs during retirement may well increase, so you may want to plan for these costs well before you leave the work force.
   
13 Women must act to overcome financial challenges
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | March 2nd, 2017

International Women's Day, observed on March 8, celebrates the social, cultural, and political achievements of women. Yet, women continue to face many challenges. For one thing, women still encounter gender-specific obstacles to their important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. If you're a woman, what can you do to get past these barriers?
   
14 What's smarter - paying off debts or investing?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | February 9th, 2017

If you're just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way - but here's one that's not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial goals.
   
15 On Valentine's Day, Consider Financial Gifts
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | February 2nd, 2017

Last year, Americans spent more than $19 billion on Valentine's Day gifts, according to the National Retail Federation, with the majority of this money going to flowers, candy, cards and an evening out. These gifts were thoughtful, of course, and no doubt appreciated, but they were also somewhat disposable, for want of a better word. On the other hand, some financial gifts can have a pretty long "shelf life."
   
16 What Should You Know About Taking RMDs?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | January 19th, 2017

As we get older, the end of another year takes on greater meaning, in many ways, than it did when we were young. And if you're a certain age, December 31 has a very specific meaning in terms of your finances, because it's the deadline for withdrawing money from some of your retirement plans. What should you know about these withdrawals? And how much control over them do you have?
   
17 Investment tips for "Millennials"
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | January 12th, 2017

If you are a "millennial" - a member of the age cohort born anywhere from the early 1980s to the late 1990s - then you're still in the early chapters of your career, so it may be a stretch for you to envision the end of it. But since you do have so many years until you retire, you've got the luxury of putting time on your side as you save and plan for retirement.
   
18 When you retire, where can you find investment income?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | January 5th, 2017

As an investor, your main goals will change at different times in your life. During your working years, you need to grow as many resources as possible for retirement. Once you retire, however, you will likely need to focus more on getting income from your investments. But what are your options?
   
19 Here's your retirement "To Do" list
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | December 16th, 2016

At this time of year, your life is probably more hectic than usual - so you may have assembled an impressive "to do" list. This can be a helpful tool for organizing your activities in the near future - but have you ever thought of developing a "to do" list for long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement? If not, you may want to think about it - and here are a few list-worthy items to consider:
   
20 Everyone benefits when you make charitable gifts
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | December 2nd, 2016

Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also be rewarding to you, in the form of tax benefits.
   
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