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    How to Get a Reverse Mortgage

    January 21, 2020 | Tips

    A reverse mortgage is worth exploring if you want to use some of your home’s equity in retirement — and you plan to stay in your home for the foreseeable future. Do your homework so you know what to expect before getting a reverse mortgage.

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    For a young person, getting a Driver’s License can create an exciting sense of freedom, but parents know this newfound freedom comes with serious risks. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States.1

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    Retirement savings will be able to defer paying income tax on up to $6,000 in an individual retirement account in 2020. Workers with slightly higher incomes will also be eligible to save for retirement in traditional and Roth IRAs and qualify for the saver's tax credit.

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    It seems many of us are always trying to lose weight. If that description fits you, you might want to consider trying one of the established, commercial weight-loss programs available today. Both Jenny Craig and WW (formerly Weight Watchers) can help people lose weight and keep it off. But they use different approaches to achieve that goal.

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    How is My Bonus Taxed?

    January 07, 2020 | Tips

    Congratulations on getting that bonus. It’s nice your employer recognized your hard work and effort, but before you spend that money, you may want to consider how much tax you’ll have to pay.

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    Since we all know what the other certainty in life is (death), maybe we shouldn’t be all that upset about the onset of tax season, right? And while it may seem the tax code gets more complicated every year, the good news is there are also a lot more tools now than ever before to streamline the process of tax preparation and make sure you complete your return correctly. Here are a few tax hacks to dial down the pain.

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    My home insurer is offering identity theft insurance. Is it worth buying?

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    Child Identity Theft

    December 26, 2019 | Tips

    A child’s Social Security number can be used by identity thieves to apply for government benefits, open bank and credit card accounts, apply for a loan or utility service, or rent a place to live. Check for a credit report to see if your child’s information is being misused. If it is, visit to report and recover from identity theft.

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    Identity theft protection companies pledge to act as guardians of your personal information, for a monthly or annual fee. Generally, they start with credit monitoring and layer on additional services so they can alert you to potential problems.

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    Believing that fraud can’t happen to us – because we’re too smart, logical or informed – may make us more vulnerable. Successful scam artists skillfully overcome our defenses and get us into emotional states that override logical thinking.