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What to Do After Inheriting an IRA

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Heirs must begin taking withdrawals once they inherit an IRA, but how they choose to make those distributions can have a big impact on their account balance over time.
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Create a Contract for Family Care

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Family caregiver contracts can range from informal to complex professional contracts drawn up by lawyers. Here's what you should know to decide what's best for you.
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Oil Market’s Rally Loses Steam

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Crude oil prices are treading water after the oil market rallied sharply last month. At about $47.50 per barrel, benchmark West Texas Intermediate is off slightly from a week ago because of lingering oversupply concerns. Despite pledges to cut production, OPEC actually boosted its collective exports. Meanwhile, U.S. oil production continues its slow but steady rise. And now, with the summer driving season wrapping up, oil demand is likely to soften.
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10 Best Jobs for the Future

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The U.S. job market is looking good. The unemployment rate is hovering below the 5% mark, as it has been for more than a year. But not every profession is booming. "In general, it’s a very robust labor market with a lot of widespread growth," says Josh Wright of labor market research firm Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). "A few key sectors are trending up, but some are trending down."
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Will White House Scandals Derail the Stock Market

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Investors are wondering if the stock market’s Trump bump could morph into the Trump slump as questions continue to swirl around the White House regarding its Russia connections. It’s a high-stakes concern. Since President Trump’s election in November, stocks have risen 14% on high hopes for the president’s pro-business agenda, which includes corporate tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks. But policy has been overshadowed by probes in Congress and in the Justice Department.
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10 Cheapest US Cities to Live In

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When it comes to cheap living, don't mess with Texas. The Lone Star State is home to the two most-affordable cities in America. But Texas doesn't have a monopoly on low living costs. Five other states make an appearance on our list.
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15 Surprising Benefits of Amazon Prime

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Many of us first signed up for Amazon Prime years ago to take advantage of free two-day shipping, and stayed with it as the giant online retailer edged the annual fee toward the triple-digit mark. But what are you really getting with your $99-a-year Amazon Prime membership? A lot more than you’re probably using.
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17 Red Flags for IRS Auditors

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Ever wonder why some tax returns are eyeballed by the Internal Revenue Service while most are ignored? Short on personnel and funding, the IRS audited only 0.70% of all individual tax returns in 2016. So the odds are pretty low that your return will be singled out for review. And, of course, the only reason filers should worry about an audit is if they are fudging on their taxes.
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Time-Tested Tactics to Build Your Wealth

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We have doled out a lot of good advice over the 70 years we’ve been publishing Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. So in many ways it was easy to come up with 70 ideas on how to create wealth. But when our editorial staff submitted nearly 300 ideas, the editors had to roll up our collective sleeves and distill the advice into absolute gems.
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7 Habits of People With Excellent Credit Scores

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Want to improve your credit score? Take a page from the best. People with excellent scores know that following a few basic rules is the key to success. Adopting their habits could boost your score into the stratosphere, opening the door to the best interest rates and terms on loans. And capturing the lowest loan rates can save you a bundle of money in the long run.
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