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Buy or Rent a Home?

Submitted by Taylor Schulte on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 3:00pm

Do you fork cash over to a landlord in exchange for freedom of responsibility for residential maintenance, or take out a mortgage and shell out monthly for the pride – and eventually financial payoff – of homeownership?

Stock Panic Mechanics

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 9:00am

The chief reason for last week’s market slide – down more than 10% from its high, which is commonly known as a correction – is computer-driven institutional selling. If those traders’ algorithms tell them to sell, because everyone else is, they join the crowd and sell.

Thinking Through a Legacy

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Friday, August 28, 2015 - 3:00pm

When you say, “I want to leave a legacy,” what do you mean? Is legacy about money, possessions, memories, spirituality, meaning, love, circles unbroken, the lives of loved ones and fellow humans who are better off because you were here ... what?

Taking Care of Yourself, Pt. 3

Submitted by Sterling Raskie on Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 3:00pm

Our previous articles looked at the stress you might feel when you care for an aging parent or loved one and the insurance and documents you need to make your big job easier. In this last of our three pieces, we look at professionals who might be able to help you and kinds of assistance you can ask for.

Bequeathing 401(k)s, IRAs

Submitted by Jason Lina on Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:00pm

Think your estate plan is good to go right after you die, setting your heirs up for life? Depends: Many assets in your plan, such as your 401(k) and individual retirement accounts, must designate beneficiaries for any inheritance. Rules for specifying such heirs can be tricky and here are 11 common mistakes.

Money Planning in 9 Steps

Submitted by Jeff Rose on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 3:00pm

Everybody wants a solid financial plan, yet more than 40% of Americans don’t have one. Unless you develop a formal strategy – such as a written plan – you might well find any financial goal elusive. Here are nine tips for planning.