Category: Personal Finance

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....

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An Open Letter to Our Representatives: Please don't raise taxes for single moms!

An Open Letter to Senator Mike Crapo (Chairman) and Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (Ranking Member) of the Senate Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, and Congressman Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Please don’t raise taxes for single moms! As a single mom, I worry about money from the moment...

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Don’t Panic Sell! Solid Companies Can Survive Temporary Twitter Hits

Hedge funds and investing firms may make millions on seismic shifts in stock prices that a single tweet from President-elect Trump can cause. But regular people like us – we tend to lose out when we buy or sell stocks based on fear, hope, or media hype. The big players have huge advantages in place....

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Correcting Errors on Your Credit Report

Your credit report holds a lot of sensitive information, from where you live to if you've ever been sued to whether you pay your bills on time. Companies sell those reports to companies that want to check your credit: lenders, landlords, employers, and insurance companies, just to name a few. While credit reporting companies try...

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11 Red Flags that Draw IRS Attention

No one wants to get audited – and most people don’t. But if you really want to avoid unwanted attention from IRS auditors, you need to know about these 11 red flags in your tax return that may spark their interest. Making more than $200,000 a year: IRS statistics show that the audit rate jumps...

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Are Bonds Always Safe Investments?

Like all investments, investing in bonds carries a degree of risk. In fact, there some risks that relate specifically to bonds: Credit risk Interest rate risk Income risk Call risk Credit risk refers to the chance that the bond issuer will default, and you’ll lose your investment principal. This is exactly why bonds are rated,...

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