planning for college

13 Creative Ways to Lower the Cost of College

Even if you’re savvy about college shopping and thoroughly research financial aid, college costs may still be prohibitive. At these prices, you might expect you’ll need to make substantial financial sacrifices to send your child to college. Or maybe your child won’t be able to attend the college of his or her choice. Before you […]

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Active vs. Passive Portfolio Management

One of the longest-standing investing debates is over the relative merits of active portfolio management versus passive management. With an actively managed portfolio, a manager tries to beat the performance of a given benchmark index by using his or her judgment in selecting individual securities and deciding when to buy and sell them. A passively […]

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Investment Basics

When investing, particularly for long-term goals, there are two basic concepts you will likely hear about over and over again — diversification and asset allocation. Diversification helps limit exposure to loss in any one investment or one type of investment, while asset allocation provides a blueprint to help guide your investment decisions. Understanding how the […]

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Retirement Benefits for Married Couples

Benefits apply to same-sex and traditional marriages alike Several retirement plan rules apply specifically to married individuals. And these rules hold true for legally married same-sex spouses, after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decisions in United States v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex marriages legal nationwide and ensured that those marriages would enjoy […]

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