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Insurance
Privacy & Life Insurance Premiums: Would You Trade Your Personal Data for a Discount?

John Hancock will soon offer reduced premiums to those who'll share their medical details. Will other companies follow suit?

Taxes
American Tax Bills: Not So High?

Think your tax burden is hefty? A new study finds that people in the U.S. actually pay less than most other developed nations.

How to Budget
A Peek at Americans' Spending and Budgeting Habits

Labor Department data breaks down how the upper, middle and lower classes divvy up their earnings—with some surprising results.

Retirement
Retirement Reality: Half of Americans Will Have a Lower Standard of Living

Research finds the average retiree today has a wealth-to-income ratio below that of a retiree in 1983! What factors are to blame?

How to Budget
Your April 2015 Financial To-Dos

It’s Financial Literacy Month, and we’re celebrating by getting a head start on these money must-dos for spring.

Top Money Mistakes To Avoid

Retirement
10 Retirement Myths That Can Wreak Havoc on Your Nest Egg

There are too many mistaken beliefs floating around about the “R” word. Here's the truth about saving for retirement.

Saving
9 Mistakes Not to Make With 529 Savings Plans

Need to save for college, but not quite sure how? These pitfalls should be on your radar.

Loans & Mortgages
7 Top Mortgage-Shopping Mistakes to Avoid

A home is probably the biggest purchase you will ever make. Be sure not to trip over these mortgage-shopping pitfalls.

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Taxes
Checklist: 5 Top Year-End Tax Moves to Make—Today

From making an added mortgage payment to using up flex spending, there's still time to ease your tax burden—if you act fast.

Health
Health Insurance Checklist: 12 Coverage Terms Everyone Should Know

Insurance lingo got your head spinning? We define the need-to-know vocab that will help you get through open enrollment season.

Home
Checklist: I’m Ready for a Home! 9 Steps to Stress-Free Home-Buying

Homeownership tops many a lifetime to-do list—and many a financial fear list. Prime yourself for the big purchase with this guide.

How to Budget
Checklist: I Want to Start Building Good Financial Habits

Adopting these eight savvy money strategies—like paying yourself first—can help put you on the path to a firm financial future.

Kids
Checklist: I Want to Financially Prepare for a New Baby

Sleep isn't the only thing that takes a hit when you have an infant. But these to-dos can prep your finances before baby arrives.

Insurance
Checklist: 5 Things to School Yourself On Before You Shop for Life Insurance

For many, it's up there with doing taxes. But getting a policy really isn't that onerous—especially if you review these to-dos.

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