8 Things to do before 2018: Your year-end financial checklist

From changing tax laws to the Equifax hack, 2017 has been a year of financial anxiety for so many of us. You can take control of your financial situation and set the stage for a fruitful 2018 by taking these 8 steps before December 31. Stash as much money as you can in your retirement accounts. There’s still time to max out your contributions and build up your retirement nest egg. For 2017, you can contribute up to $18,000 in your 401(k) account, or up to $24,000 if you’re at least 50.If you don’t have access to a retirement plan…

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8 Things To Do Before 2018: Your Year-end Financial Checklist

8 Things to do before 2018: Your year-end financial checklist

From changing tax laws to the Equifax hack, 2017 has been a year of financial anxiety for so many of us. You can take control of your financial situation and set the stage for a fruitful 2018 by taking these 8 steps before December 31. Stash as much money as you can in your retirement accounts. There’s still time to max out your contributions and build up your retirement nest egg. For 2017, you can contribute up to $18,000 in your 401(k) account, or up to $24,000 if you’re at least 50.If you don’t have access to a retirement plan…

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Ten A-Rated Charities For Your Year-End Donations

Ten A-Rated Charities for Your Year-End Donations

Charitable giving is a year-round event, but during the holiday season, it’s foremost on our minds – and that’s only partly due to the realization that income tax season is right around the corner. While charitable giving is primarily about doing something good for the world, it does also help lower your income tax bill. Every dollar you give* reduces your taxable income, so you get a bonus benefit for your generosity. And because they know we have charity on our minds and in our hearts, organizations take this time to make their pitches as to why they deserve our…

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Know Where Your Charity Dollars Are Going

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, and millions of people around the world take this opportunity to generously donate their hard-earned money to worthy causes. Unfortunately, not all charities are as worthy as they appear to be. Some are flat out scams, others squander donations meant to help people in need on things like executive salaries and swanky donor dinners. In fact, two very deserving causes – cancer research and veterans – have drawn a lot of questionable organizations that try to cash in on our generosity, while only a tiny percentage of our donations ever get to where they were supposed…

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