Posts by Kate Ashford

Tax Season Countdown! A Six-Week Prep Guide for April 15

On your mark, get set…go at those taxes! To avoid procrastinator’s panic on April 14, check out this week-by-week taxes primer. More

4 College Savings Mistakes Even Savvy Parents Make

With higher-ed costs on the rise, money pros school us on how to avoid common missteps—like earmarking 401(k) funds for tuition. More

Want to Boost Your Money Confidence? 3 Moves to Consider Making in Your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s

Whether you’re 25 or 45, we all face unique financial stressors. Here’s a decade-by-decade guide for tackling them. More

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