Posts by Kate Ashford

5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Long-Term Care Planning

If you don’t want to deplete your nest egg to cover health care in retirement, review these to-dos to ease the stress of planning. More

Mind Over Money: 7 Mental Biases That Could Impact How You Invest

Recency bias. Bandwagon effect. When investing, your brain can play tricks on you—thanks to these psychological blocks. More

This Is Your Brain on Investing: 7 Mental Biases That Could Affect Your Strategy

We rounded up some of the most common tricks your brain plays on you, along with some strategies for tackling those mental blocks. More

Calculating College ROI: How to Tell if You’re Getting the Best Bang for Your College Buck

Tuition has increased 1,200% since the 1980s—so tabulating your return on investment is crucial. Here’s how in five simple steps. More

6 Rookie Portfolio Mistakes Even Seasoned Investors Make

From being inconsistent about risk to forgetting about fees, these errors aren’t just reserved for newbies—but they are avoidable. More

How to Set Up a Retirement Account

Choosing investments for a 401(k) or an IRA doesn’t have to be hard or intimidating—if you’re armed with the right information. More

What Is the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)?

No one looks forward to paying Uncle Sam, but the AMT has an extra beastly reputation in the tax world—and here’s why. More

8 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Buying a Second Home

Before making an offer on that beach bungalow, consider these key points—like whether you’re ready to cover the unexpected costs. More

What Are Capital Gains? A Guide to When These Taxes Apply

Capital gains can be a tricky concept: Here’s what you need to know about them—and at what rate you’d be taxed. More

7 Ways We May Fool Ourselves About Money

Financial decisions aren’t always straightforward. Here are seven money traps you may fall into—and how to outsmart your brain. More