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You Can Still Gain Tax Benefits from Charitable Donations

But with the passage of the new tax laws, things may have changed considerably for many people. Are there still tax benefits to making a charitable donation?

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Strategies for Your Investment 'Garden'

But could the skills you deploy at gardening be transferred to other areas of your life – such as investing?

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Newer Investors: Don't Panic if Bear Market Returns

Depending on your age, you may have only experienced the bull market of the past nine years, so you might not know what to expect – or how to respond – whenever the next bear market strikes.

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What Should Investors Know About Recent Volatility?

Let's look at the first question first. What caused the steep drop in stock prices we experienced on a few separate days?

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How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness This Year?

Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being – but, at the same time, don't forget about your financial fitness. Specifically, what can you do to ensure your investment situation is in good shape?

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Time is a Key Factor in Investing

Time can affect how you invest, and the results of your investing, in different ways.

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New Year's: Time for Financial Resolutions

All these are worthy goals, of course, but why not also add some financial resolutions?

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Time to Review Your Investment Strategy for the Year

It's this return objective that you should evaluate over time – not the return of an arbitrary benchmark that isn't personalized to your goals and risk tolerance.

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How Can You Share Your Financial ‘Abundance’ With Your Family?

If you want to ensure your financial resources eventually are shared in the way you envision, you will need to follow a detailed action plan.

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Checklist for Helping You Choose a Financial Professional

You can use a checklist for just about any significant endeavor – including the task of choosing a financial professional to help you achieve your important goals.

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Does Market Volatility Scare You?

But some people seem to have real fears about other things – such as what may happen in the financial markets. One way to keep those fears at bay is to avoid certain impulsive moves.

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International Investing: Still a Journey to Consider

As an investor, you don't have to "cross the ocean blue," as Columbus did, to find opportunities – but it may be a good idea to put some of your money to work outside the United States.

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Brighten Your Grandchildren's Financial Future

If you're a grandparent, you might expect to receive some nice cards, but if you want to make the day especially meaningful, you may want to consider giving some long-lasting financial gifts to your grandchildren.

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Are You a 'Hardworking' Investor?

You work hard your whole life with the hope that your efforts will ultimately allow you to achieve your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But for that to happen, you may need to apply some of the lessons of the workplace to your efforts as an investor.

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Can You Save for College and Retirement?

Your first step in addressing these objectives is to maintain realistic expectations. Consider the issue of paying for college. Right now, the average four-year cost (tuition, fees, room and board) is about $80,000 for in-state students at public universities and approximately $180,000 for private schools, according to the College Board. And these costs are likely to keep rising in the years ahead

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