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  • man on grass with cash 7 smart things to do with $1,000

    Here's how to reap lots of lasting benefits, and a fair amount of immediate satisfaction, from that money. Check out all of the ideas, and pick the best one for you.

    October 19th 2016

  • man surrounded by falling money 7 ways to measure your financial success

    Just as blood pressure and cholesterol are valuable measures of your physical well-being, we've come up with the critical numbers you need to track the state of your financial health.

    October 17th 2016

  • See if you're ready to retire with the 4% rule

    It's still one of the best ways to tell how much monthly income you can generate from your nest egg without having to worry about outliving your savings.

    October 11th 2016

  • Fed rate hike? The Fed again leaves interest rates where they are—nowhere

    The Federal Reserve again decided against raising interest rates Wednesday, sending the clearest signal yet that rate increases are likely to be few and far between for the foreseeable future.

  • Mutual Interest logo Wells Fargo creates phony accounts ... Uber and Volvo team up ... Health care spending grows ... And more

    Here's the column that gives savvy savers lots of provocative news and information to use and discuss on the road to financial security.

  • Jar full of money labeled college fund Is a 529 plan right for your family?

    One of these tax-free college savings plans might be exactly what you need to help your kid through school. Although each plan is sponsored by a state, you don't have to live there, or ever enroll there, to take advantage of the very best 529 plans in the entire country.

  • Jen A. Miller Don't let health insurance keep you locked in a job

    The Affordable Care Act was intended to provide dreamers and schemers with the guaranteed, affordable coverage they need to strike out on their own. Enrollment for 2015 starts this month, so now's the time for aspiring entrepreneurs to check rates and make plans.

  • How to measure financial success

    We'll not only show you how to find or calculate these measures, but provide some simple guidelines that will help you gauge your progress.

  • Piggybank with glasses and chalkboard How to start saving in your 50s

    There's still time to provide a decent retirement for yourself. You'll just have set aside more of your earnings, consider some savings-stretching options and maybe work a little longer.

  • Piggy bank with glasses and chalkboard How to start saving in your 40s

    This is no time to throw up your hands even if you're in your 40s and don't have much savings. You can still put aside a significant amount of money for your future even if you're not making a six-figure salary.

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