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How to Protect Your Identity

More than 60 million Americans had their identities stolen in 2018, a significant increase from 2015, where more than 15 million consumers were affected. With identity theft numbers on the rise, it certainly doesn’t appear likely that scammers are going away anytime soon.

7 Ways to Avoid Bankruptcy

In 2018, Americans’ debt hit $13 trillion, with the average American carrying more than $38,000 in debt – not including home mortgages. For many, debt is simply a way of life, with more Americans living from paycheck to paycheck.

Making the Most of Your Tax Return

Tax season is officially over, and many of us are looking forward to our tax returns hitting our bank accounts. While some may choose to spend their return on a special treat, others may want to use the extra funds to boost their investments. If you’re trying to decide where to spend (or save) it, here are some ideas for how to make the most of your tax return. 

Passive Income Investments: How to Make Your Money Work for You

Income is the key to building wealth and is usually associated with working a full-time job. But what if you could potentially increase your income without working any extra hours? Passive income is defined as money that’s earned with little to no daily effort.

Retirement Calculator: Are You On Track to Reach Your Goals?

Thinking about retirement can be overwhelming, especially when considering what life may be like living on a fixed income. One of the best ways to improve your financial health in retirement is to start planning early. Here are some things to consider when planning for retirement and how to stay on track with your goals during your working years. 

Living the Dream: How to Plan for Your Ideal Retirement

What would you do with your time if you weren’t working 40 hours every week? Everyone has a different idea of what they want retirement to look like, whether it involves traveling the world or staying comfortable at home.

More than Finances: The Benefits of Holistic Advice from Financial Professionals

When thinking about our physical health, it’s common for people to take a holistic approach—that is, we think about ways we can practice being healthy overall, like eating a balanced diet and getting an adequate amount of exercise. Keeping our bodies healthy means improving our quality of life.

The Pros and Cons of Investing in a 529 Plan for College

If you’re a parent of a child who may be heading to college in the future, it’s likely that you’ve thought about how to pay for their tuition. But paying for college is no small feat—with tuition rates constantly rising, college is a huge investment. One of the best ways to be prepared for the cost of college is to start saving early.

Selling Your Home After Retirement: The Benefits of Downsizing

If you’re nearing retirement age, you’re probably thinking about what life will look like once you’ve stopped working full time. There are many benefits to retiring—like more time to spend on your hobbies and with people you love—but there’s also the uncertainty of living on a fixed income.

Common Investor Biases and How They Can Impact Your Finances

We all have different philosophies when it comes to investing our money. Some of us prefer to manage our investments ourselves, while others may want advice from a professional. Regardless of how you manage your money, we’re all human. Which is to say, we all have biases that can affect the way we invest.

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