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Saving for Retirement? Comparing Traditional and Roth IRAs

May 2016

Individual retirement accounts, known as IRAs, are popular tax-advantaged vehicles for saving for retirement. Although there are actually 11 different types of IRAs, the most common are the traditional IRA and the Roth IRA.

The most well-known difference between the traditional and Roth IRA is the nature of the tax advantage. In general, the contributions to a traditional IRA are deductible from the investor’s taxable income in the year of the contribution. Tax on the contributions and their earnings is then deferred until funds are withdrawn from the IRA. In contrast, contributions to a Roth IRA are not deductible, but the contributions grow tax-free and are tax-exempt when withdrawn.

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Buying a Car When You Have Bad Credit

April 2016

You need a new vehicle, but your credit is spotty or bad. Can you afford to buy a reliable car or truck? Can you get a loan at reasonable rates? Can you avoid the high interest rates and pressure of subprime lenders? Yes, most people in this situation can find a decent vehicle and a loan that doesn't break the bank, but you'll have to be realistic and do the right homework. This report shows you the steps.

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It's Time to Check Your Social Security Statement Online

March 2016

Checking your Social Security Statement annually is something all working adults should do, according to the Social Security Administration. An annual check allows you to check the accuracy of your earnings as recorded for the previous year and to correct any mistakes. Each statement also estimates the monthly Social Security payment you can expect in retirement based upon your current average earnings and planned retirement age. The various estimates can help in your retirement planning. So it makes sense to start checking your annual Social Security statement early in your working career, rather than waiting until you near retirement. If you don't regularly check your Social Security Statement, now is a good time to start!

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Why Do Scams Continue to Work?

February 2016

Scams have been around for generations. Stealing other people's money has always been their goal. To do that, scams are continually evolving and scammers constantly come up with new ways to "deceive and thieve." Even though each new variety of scam brings results in widely publicized warnings and descriptions, why do people still fall for them? Scammers are master manipulators and know how to use several basic strategies to trigger your emotions and trick you into a quick action. No matter the scam, knowing these basic strategies can help you do a better job of recognizing any scam, whether it arrives by email, text, phone, snail mail or in person.

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Make the Most of Your Financial Resolutions for 2016

January 2016

What are your financial resolutions for 2016? Most people want to save more, spend less, and pay down debt, according to a recent survey from Fidelity. These are great financial goals, but making them a reality is not so easy. Why? First, the goals are vague–without a plan that has specific action steps, the goals will remain just nice ideas. Second, achieving the goal of saving more requires most people to spend less and reduce debt. So an effective plan must address all three goals in concrete ways. Here are some tips to help you get started.

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