Money. It's hard to get and easy to lose. It doesn't take long for the wealth you've accumulated to disappear if you don't manage your money well or have a plan to protect your assets from sudden calamity. Snares like the ones mentioned below could easily threaten your financial security. Planning ahead can protect you and your loved ones from getting caught. Undisciplined Spending The more you have, the more you spend -- or so

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There are a lot of issues that couples need to think about when tying the knot -- wedding preparations, family, and, of course, finances. Addressing personal finance and investment issues before the big day may help improve your odds of being together years later. Here are some financial issues that you might consider when embarking on a matrimonial journey. Discuss financial styles before marriage. Start your marriage off on the right foot by having an

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Marriage affects your finances in many ways, including your ability to build wealth, plan for retirement, plan your estate, and capitalize on tax and insurance-related benefits. Here are some considerations to keep in mind if you are thinking of getting married or have just tied the knot. • Building wealth -- If both you and your spouse are employed, two salaries can be a considerable benefit in building long-term wealth. For example, if both of

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The risks to your wealth aren’t only in the financial markets. The wealthier you become, the more liability protection matters. We live in a litigious world, one in which even friends and neighbors can be convinced to see opportunity in the wake of misfortune. A (larger) umbrella liability policy may be an excellent idea. Could you afford a six-figure drawdown of your personal assets to settle a lawsuit? Ideally, you have umbrella liability coverage with

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Conventional wisdom says that life insurance is sold, not purchased. In other words, some people are reluctant to discuss the importance of owning life insurance, and others are simply unaware of the need to have life insurance. Although many large companies provide life insurance as part of their benefits package, this coverage may be insufficient. Who needs life insurance? If there are individuals who depend on you for financial support, or if you work at

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Good money habits can help you as you save and invest for the future. Bad habits can leave you treading water (or underwater) financially. Here are some to avoid. Not saving enough. Instead of paying themselves first, some families pay others first. Dollars they could save and invest are instead spent on consumer goods and services they don’t need. Money that could be saved and invested for tomorrow is spent today. Carrying too much debt.

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If you don't have a financial plan, that question may be hard to answer. To achieve financial wellness, you need to define your goals and set a time frame for reaching them. The following steps can help you take control of your finances. Build a Budget A good place to start would be with a budget. Tracking your expenses can help you determine how much money you have coming in each month and how much

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  Roth IRA Traditional IRA 10% penalty for withdrawals prior to age 59½ Yes** Yes** Tax-deductible contributions No Yes*** Tax-deferred accumulation Yes Yes Tax-free distribution Yes No Mandatory minimum withdrawals requiredto start at age 70½ No Yes   *Withdrawals after age 59½ may be taxable if the Roth IRA has not existed for at least five years. Penalty-free withdrawals can be taken due to death or disability, and for qualified first-time home purchases. **Early withdrawals

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Without a doubt, income tax laws are complex. Yet, many individuals do their own income tax returns. Sure, the advent of personal income tax software has somewhat eased this burden. Tax preparation software is reasonably inexpensive. However, you still have to gather all the information. But, on the plus side, most software allows you to try several different scenarios and see which is best for your particular situation tax-wise. Some of the programs allow you

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If you are in your twenties, you may think it’s too early to start planning for your retirement. Be assured, it’s never too early. Following are a few tips to consider in planning to feather your nest and nurture your nest egg. 1) Calculate your monthly expenditures and your income. This should include medical costs, transportation costs, and installment payments, as well as household bills and credit card bills. 2) Consider allocating a portion of

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