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Social Security Benefits for Surviving Spouses

For many people over the age of 50, Social Security is one of the most important sources of income they’ll have in retirement.

For many people over the age of 50, Social Security is one of the most important sources of income they’ll have in retirement. And for people who have been married, Social Security’s potential can be even greater owing to so-called survivor benefits.

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Work With Your Bank to Make Smart Money Decisions

When it comes to your money, choosing the right banking products is more than just a matter of convenience.

When it comes to your money, choosing the right banking products is more than just a matter of convenience. It’s important to do your homework before making these important decisions.

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What can you learn from affluent investors? The value of advice

While you save and plan for your financial future, you may consider taking a cue from the success of affluent investors.

While you save and plan for your financial future, you may consider taking a cue from the success of affluent investors. Among the biggest lessons those investors can share is the importance of working with a financial advisor to help you make key financial decisions such as how to manage your investments, when and how to begin planning for retirement, and which financial information to trust.

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The ABLE Act: Financial Help for Individuals with Disabilities

Have a disabled loved one you are looking to help? An ABLE account may be an option to consider.

Have a disabled loved one you are looking to help? An ABLE account may be an option to consider. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 approves the use of tax-free savings accounts for qualified individuals with disabilities to handle expenses that are not covered by government sponsored programs.

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Have 30 minutes? Start Crafting a Plan to Save for College Costs

If you barely survived rising tuition costs during your own college days, it's easy to conclude that saving enough to pay for your child’s college education will be nearly impossible.

If you barely survived rising tuition costs during your own college days, it's easy to conclude that saving enough to pay for your child’s college education will be nearly impossible. But, as with most savings goals, starting today can help you cope with the costs tomorrow.

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Controlling Healthcare Costs

Even with health insurance serving as a lifeline, healthcare costs have the potential to someday do great harm to your finances.

Even with health insurance serving as a lifeline, healthcare costs have the potential to someday do great harm to your finances. Especially with insurers passing more costs onto consumers (for example, by raising premiums, deductibles and co-payments), one serious illness or injury in your household could result in thousands of dollars of medical bills that you're expected to pay out of pocket.

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Rising Interest Rates and Your Borrowing

If you currently have loans, or if you're considering one, it's important to understand how rising rates can affect various types of borrowing.

Borrowers have enjoyed low rates on mortgages and other loans since 2008. However, with the economy strengthening, U.S. interest rates are likely to rise in 2015. It's important to understand how rising rates can affect various types of borrowing.

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Insurance 101

Insurance reimburses people for covered losses in unfortunate events such as an illness, accident or death.

Insurance is one of life's necessities and probably the least understood financial product. Insurance reimburses people for covered losses in the event of an unfortunate occurrence such as an illness, accident or death.

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Supreme Court Rules States Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Marriage equality is now the law in all 50 states.

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that under the Fourteenth Amendment, all states must grant equal marriage rights to two people regardless of sex, and that a state cannot fail to recognize a marriage created in another state merely because that marriage is between two people of the same sex.

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