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11 Give Mom a gift to help her financial future
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | May 11th, 2017

With Mother's Day around the corner, you might wonder if you should go beyond chocolates and flowers this year and give Mom something that can help her far into the future. What sort of financial gift can improve her life?
12 Smart investing can help you keep moving toward your goals
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | May 4th, 2017

It's Kentucky Derby time again. Even if you're not much of a horse racing fan, you might appreciate all the Derby's pageantry - the mint juleps, the women's beautiful hats, the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home," and so on. But if you look beyond the hoopla, you'll realize just how much work it takes to put on such an event. And the efforts of one group in particular - the jockeys - may be able to provide you with some lessons in life - and in investing.
13 Can you free yourself of some investment-related taxes?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | April 27th, 2017

Tax Freedom Day generally falls around this time each year. This is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year, according to the calculations made by the Tax Foundation. So you may want to use Tax Freedom Day to think about ways you can liberate yourself from some of the investment-related taxes you may incur.
14 Be an "Environmentally Friendly" investor
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | April 20th, 2017

On April 22, we observe Earth Day, a worldwide event focusing on protecting the environment. As a citizen of this planet, you may want to take part in Earth Day activities. And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement.
15 Don't get swayed by these investment "myths"
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | April 13th, 2017

Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet, upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be "myths" - which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice. Here are five of these myths, along with some reasons for ignoring them:
16 How can the "sandwich generation" relieve financial stress?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | April 6th, 2017

Don't worry too much if you haven't heard, but April is National Stress Awareness Month. Of course, stress can present emotional and physical challenges to all of us, but if you belong to the "sandwich generation" - that is, you may be caring for aging parents while still supporting your own children - you may be facing some financial stress as well. What can you do to relieve it?
17 Teach your children well about finances and investing
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | March 30th, 2017

High debt levels, lack of savings, the inability to budget - these problems all have several causes, but one of them is almost certainly financial illiteracy. Too many of us just never developed the money management skills necessary to cope with our complicated - and expensive - world. But if you have young children, you can teach them some money-smart lessons - and who knows? You could use the opportunity to give yourself a few valuable reminders, too.
18 Help protect older adults from financial abuse
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · News | March 23rd, 2017

Financial exploitation costs older Americans billions of dollars per year, according to several sources, including the National Council on Aging. If you have older parents, could they be vulnerable to financial scams and rip-off artists? And, if so, what can you do to help protect them?
19 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?
20 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.
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