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Time-Tested Tactics to Build Your Wealth

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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Tax Strategies for Retirees

Nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. —Benjamin Franklin. That saying still rings true roughly 300 years after the former statesman coined it. Yet, by formulating a tax-efficient investment and distribution strategy, retirees may keep more of their hard-earned assets for themselves and their heirs. Here are a few suggestions for effective money management during your later years.
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Turning 30 and Getting Serious About Finances

Throughout her 20s, Nancy Corwin dreaded the day she turned the big 3-0. Then the day finally came—and went. "And it was no big deal," said Nancy. "It was really sort of a letdown after all that worrying," she joked. One thing did change for Nancy, however. She decided to get serious about her financial life—and her future.
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23 Tax Deductions You Can't Afford to Overlook

Years ago, the fellow running the IRS told Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine that he figured millions of taxpayers overpaid their taxes every year by overlooking just one of the money-saving tax breaks listed here. We’ve updated all the key details in this popular guide to the common tax deductions many filers miss to ensure that your 2016 return is a money-saving masterpiece. Cut your tax bill to the bone by claiming all the tax write-offs you deserve.
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Get in the Habit -- Smart Investing Habits to Adopt This Year

Some of your New Year's resolutions may be to break a few of your bad habits and to take on some new, positive habits. If you'd like to improve your investing habits, setting up daily, monthly, and yearly routines may help.
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How Might Rising Interest Rates Affect Your Stock Investments?

The Federal Reserve's actions can have a marked influence on the economy and financial markets. For instance, some market analysts believe that the Fed's massive, multi-year bond-buying program coupled with a recordsetting period of near-zero interest rates fueled the six-year bull market for stocks. Now investors are awaiting news of when -- and by how much -- the Fed will raise short-term rates, and what that action might mean for stocks.1 While many market watchers have speculated about the effect of rising rates, history provides a window into how stocks have reacted to such policy shifts in the past.
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Do Alternative Asset Classes Belong in Your Portfolio?

Alternative investments are often defined not by what they are, but by what they are not. It is this quality that could make alternatives potentially valuable diversifiers when added to a portfolio of traditional investments.
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Financial Planning Tips for Singles

Living the single life no longer is an anomaly: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 40% of households nationwide are maintained by a single person.1 Being single affects many areas of financial planning, including retirement, financing health care later in life, and other key issues.
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When More Risk Equals Less Risk

If I asked you to name the most risky asset class, which would you pick? Emerging markets1 Commodities2 High-yield bonds3
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Dealing With the Risks of Investing

Investment risk comes in many forms, and each can affect how you pursue your financial goals. The key to dealing with investment risk is learning how to manage it. This three-step process will show you how.
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