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How to Conduct an End-of-Year Personal Finance Review

A personal finance review can give you insight into your financial performance over the year — and help prepare you for the start of the next one.
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What to Consider Before You Set Up a 529 Plan

A 529 plan can be an effective part of a long-term college savings strategy. Here's what to consider before you set one up.
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Digital Life After Death: Loved Ones' Social Media Accounts

Social media management is an emerging aspect of estate planning. Will you "memorialize" your accounts or delete them?
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How to Reduce Student Loan Debt & Graduate in Four Years

Careful budgeting and filling your course load are just two of many ways to help you graduate on time and potentially reduce your student loan debt.
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What Is a Modified Endowment Contract?

A modified endowment contract (MEC) is a life insurance policy in which funding has exceeded federal tax law limits. Here's what else you should know. 
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4 Social Security Myths Debunked 

Here are some of the most common Social Security myths and the truth behind them.
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What Is a Spousal IRA? 

A nonworking spouse can still save for his or her own retirement with an IRA.
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The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax: What You Should Know

Here's what you should know about the generation-skipping transfer tax in the broader context of estate planning.
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Types of Retirement Plans: Which Ones Apply to You?

There are many types of retirement plans available, depending on your place of work. Do you know which ones apply to you?
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