Retirement

Getty What’s does 2020 hold for your utility stocks (and closed-end funds)? Will these steady income plays hand us another round of big gains and dividends? Or is there trouble ahead? These are reasonable questions to ask after these “boring” stocks poured on a huge—and rather “un-utility-like”—26% total return last year! Let’s dive into three
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Getty In the District of Columbia and 17 states, when you die, tax collectors can take a big bite through estate or inheritance taxes, depending on your net worth and your heirs. For 2020, seven states and D.C. are ushering in changes to these laws: Some tweaks keep up with inflation, but others could save—or
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Getty Millennials have a reputation for job hopping, but this isn’t limited to their generation. In fact, younger Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers are sometimes placed in this same situation (whether of their own volition or it being thrust upon them). What prompts most people to change jobs in high employment environments like we’re currently in?
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In this Oct. 26, 2011 photo, police officers, teachers, caregivers and other rank-and-file public … [+] servants join Illinois AFL-CIO members to protest the state’s pension situation at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday, March 24, 2016, struck down a state law designed to narrow multibillion-dollar deficits in two
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Getty Images In a tweet Thursday, President Trump blamed you for your 401(k) balance. Trump tweeted: “STOCK MARKET AT ALL-TIME HIGH! HOW ARE YOUR 401K’S DOING? 70%, 80%, 90% up? Only 50% up! What are you doing wrong?” There are a lot of ideas packed into those 22 words and most of them are misleading
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This image shows how comparing and deciding upon the right Medigap policy to supplement basic … [+] Medicare is a puzzle, or that it can be a puzzling experience. Medigap policies range from type A-L. Getty By now, most Medicare beneficiaries know that Medigap Plan F is still with us but no longer an option
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Blood proteins and molecular changes that occur in our blood could be used to assess our health and wellness and more specifically identify people at greater risk of age-related diseases, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University and funded in part by NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA). 3d illustration universal blood,
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null Getty Think we’re stuck with pathetic dividends and sluggish growth in 2020? I get it. Many folks I talk to see the coming year this way. Some are even selling stocks, in a doomed effort to “lock in” gains. The problem? What the heck do you do next? Sitting in cash means watching helplessly
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As you enter the home stretch of your career, you may be paying professionals large sums for retirement guidance. Maybe you don’t have to do that. This 7-part series on wealth will give you the tools to make a lot more financial decisions on your own. #1: Put It All In One Fund This cheap
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Medicare Advantage word cloud collage, health concept background Getty Even though Medicare Open Enrollment ended in December, the annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period is actually going on right now. (January 1 until March 31, 2020). This is an opportunity for those who are currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage to change plans. You might question
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Happy smiling young golden retriever dog under light gray plaid. Pet warms under a blanket in cold … [+] winter weather. Pets friendly and care concept. Getty The New Year is here, which means it’s once again time to revisit a contrarian (and income) investing tradition: The “Dogs of the Dow.” This simple yet famous
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Job seekers wait in line for a job fair June 4, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson) Getty Images Right now I am attending meetings hosted by the American Economic Association in San Diego, a conference that is basically Mecca for academic economists. Disturbingly, there are a lot of sessions on whether we
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CHICAGO – MARCH 16: A Chicago Police boat patrols the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois on March … [+] 16, 2019. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images) Getty Images Here are some excerpts of interest from a May 26, 1965 Chicago Tribune story, “Police, Fire Pensions Tabled”: “Three important police and firemen’s pension bills appeared defeated
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