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  • Majority Still Want Government Out Of Healthcare

    New polling data shows that, for the third consecutive year, a majority of Americans agree that government should not be responsible for providing Americans with healthcare coverage. That’s particularly bad news for the president’s healthcare law, as it... Read More >>

    The 10 WORST Ideas For Your Investment Portfolio (Slideshow)

    In many broker-driven accounts, investors load up on products with hidden fees or tax consequences based on advice from those with a glaring conflict of interest. The more they sell, the more they make. Independent advisors, on the other hand, don't rely on... Read More >>

    How Not To Get Stung By High-Yield Programs

    In recent years, I noticed that any investment using the phrase “high yield, no risk” was always trouble. So it’s time to shoot up another warning flare for similar-sounding high yield investment programs (HYIPs), which are Ponzi scams. Now fraud... Read More >>

    Nine Steps To Successful Home-Buying

    Purchasing a home is a major milestone that tops many people’s lifetime to-do lists—and maybe their list of financial fears too. Because while house hunting for the first time can be exciting, tales of regretful home-buying mistakes and the... Read More >>

    Business Travelers – Skip In-Flight Wi-Fi To Increase Productivity And Save Money

    I travel a decent amount. I don’t mind flying, but I’ve always struggled with the loss of productivity. Hours waiting at the airport. Even more hours in flight. But with the advent of in-flight Wi-Fi, I thought my productivity problems were solved. I was... Read More >>

    The Most Important Meeting You Need To Have With Your Financial Planner

    You made a decision to work with a financial advisor or investment advisor. Soon after, you’ve had the initial meetings, set some goals, done some preliminary financial planning, and have either made a significant investment or transferred assets into an... Read More >>

    10 Things Not To Buy On Black Friday

    For all the talk about Black Friday’s irrelevance as a shopping “event,” there are still plenty of people looking to brave the crowds in search of great deals on the day after Thanksgiving. The weekend overall is poised to be a a win for retailers, with... Read More >>

    5 Sophisticated Work-From-Home Scams And How To Spot Them

    Two writer friends were recently caught up in a work-from-home scam, but theirs had a new twist. They both discovered that a scammer used their name to post job listings on Elance-oDesk, a popular job listings site for online freelance work. The fraudster... Read More >>

    What Does Genworth’s Bad News Mean For The Future Of Long-Term Care Insurance?

    Last week, Genworth Financial, the dominant player in the traditional long-term care insurance market, acknowledged it is continuing to struggle to keep the product afloat. The firm announced it increased its reserves against future insurance claims by $531... Read More >>

    The Top 10 Tax Cases (And Rulings) Of 2014: #6-The IRS (Finally) Figures Out The Real Estate Professional Rules

    It’s finally over. The October 15th tax deadline is behind us, which means for tax practitioners, our return filings are mercifully finished for the year. Unless of course, you chose to make your career in the not-for-profit world, in which case you deserve... Read More >>

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