Articles by Craig Guillot

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Series I Bonds Rates and Other Alternatives

The yield on these popular U.S. Savings Bonds will pay more than all but the best certificates of deposit over the next six months.

When Should You Retire?

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.

8 Tricks Up Your Car Dealer’s Sleeve

If you're not careful, you can wind up paying more to buy and finance a new car or truck than you really need to. Here's how to recognize and avoid needless costs, from interest rate markups to worthless dealer add-ons.

Why Not to Lease a Car

If you're out to build real financial security, you've got to view leases as a clever financing plan that automakers often use to move high-end cars and trucks that ultimately claim a bigger, never-ending piece of your paycheck.

529 College Savings Plan

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.

TIAA-CREF vs J.P. Morgan Target Date Funds

Target date funds are a great investment for Individual Retirement Accounts and 401(k) plans. But which one to pick? Here's how we evaluated a couple of big funds aimed at savers in their mid- to late-30s. Fees turned out to be the deciding factor -- as they often are.

4 Tips for Parents of Adult Children Living at Home

You'll want to lend a hand if your child asks to move back in. But doing so without some ground rules could lead to problems for both of you.

The Single Most Valuable Home Improvement

Replacing your front door is the most valuable home improvement you can make, according to Remodeling Magazine. While the average return on home…