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    Gifts That Make an Impact

    January 30, 2020 | Tips

    When it comes time to give a teen a gift – whether for birthdays, holidays or graduation – do you find it hard to know what to give? People often rely on the old standby of gift cards or cash because they just don’t know what kind of gift to get for that mysterious age.

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    The rules are simple. To enter, contestants just have to register and attend one of our free BALANCE webinars in February, March or April (and stay for the whole thing). Webinars are live, online sessions that let people learn from and interact with an expert in today's most popular financial topics.

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    Most parents in the U.S. provide some sort of financial support to their adult children, multiple surveys have found. But often, financial aid goes the other way.

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    Financially speaking, what should you consider doing before age 40?

    Your to-do list should look something like this:

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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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    The New Year's resolution that's easy to keep

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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.