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How resourceful can you be during your retirement? Determining where your retirement money will come from is an integral part of planning for retirement. Most people draw on three main sources of income: Social Security, employer-sponsored plans, and personal retirement savings. Each offers important resources that can help you fund the lifestyle you seek in...
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The arrival of spring flowers often means one thing — the home-buying season is here. But with the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing in early March 2020 and many parts of the U.S. still under shelter-in-place orders through Memorial Day, this year’s home-buying season is anything but business as usual. How will this pandemic affect...
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Owning a home outright is a dream that many Americans share. Having a mortgage can be a huge burden, and paying it off may be the first item on your financial to-do list. But competing with the desire to own your home free and clear is your need to invest for retirement, your child’s college...
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marriage investment
There are a lot of issues that couples need to think about when tying the knot — wedding preparations, family, and, of course, finances. Addressing personal finance and investment issues before the big day may help improve your odds of being together years later. Here are some financial issues that you might consider when embarking...
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Each generation comes of age during different economic circumstances, and this can have a major impact on their later money habits. Financial advisors have identified some investing tips for certain generations that can help make their portfolios more efficient. Learn more about the investment strategies most commonly used by Boomers, Gen X-ers, Millennials, and members of...
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A “bear market” occurs when stock prices in general are falling, and then widespread pessimism sustains the continued drop in prices.  The stock market becomes a bear market whenever stock prices have fallen over 20% over the course of several months, as seen in market indexes like the S&P 500. Investors lose confidence in the...
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Experts have warned that today’s major market indexes haven’t adequately priced in the cost of the impending climate crisis. As the market’s initial reaction to COVID-19 has shown, any delay in response to an imminent threat can leave investors vulnerable to sudden and serious downturns. Some investors are responding to the climate crisis by gravitating toward companies...
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sri esg investing
If you’re curious about socially responsible investing, you may have encountered all kinds of phrases about this phenomenon, including socially responsible investing (SRI), mission-related investing, sustainable investment, ethical investment, socially conscious investment, impact investing, and investing based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles. At their core, all these phrases refer to investment strategies that...
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Layoffs are a fact of corporate life as companies grapple with economic cycles and global competition. If you get caught in a corporate downsizing and you are not immediately moving to a new employer, you generally have three options for your retirement plan assets: Leave your money in the existing plan. Take a cash or...
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Some investors see the current investing environment—which depends heavily on the stability of oil companies, insurance providers, and large financial institutions—as unsustainable in the wake of climate change. As stricter governmental measures must be put into place to combat the effects of climate change, even once-reliable investments may be at risk. Can socially-responsible investing (SRI) help...
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