Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

04/16/15

When your child asks for a loan, should you say yes?

You raised them, helped get them through school, and now your children are on their own. Or are they? Even adult children sometimes need financial help. But if your child asks you for a loan, don’t pull out your checkbook until you’ve examined the financial and emotional costs. Start the process by considering a few key questions.

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04/06/15

How does your 529 plan stack up against the competition?

If you’re one of the millions of parents or grandparents who’ve invested money in a 529 plan, now may be a good time to see how your plan stacks up against the competition.

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03/16/15

Points to consider if your retirement goal seems out of reach

Each year in its annual Retirement Confidence Survey, the Employee Benefit Research Institute reiterates that goal-setting is a key factor influencing overall retirement confidence. But for many, a retirement savings goal that could reach $1 million or more may seem like a daunting, even impossible, mountain to climb.

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03/09/15

4 last-minute tax tips

It’s that time of year again — tax-filing season. And while many taxpayers like to get a head start on filing their returns, there are those of us who always find ourselves scrambling at the last minute to get our tax returns filed on time. Fortunately, even for us procrastinators, there is still time to take advantage of some last-minute tax tips.

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03/02/15

Should you be worried about a Federal Reserve interest rate hike?

After years of record-low interest rates, at some point this year the Federal Reserve is expected to begin raising its target federal funds interest rate (the rate at which banks lend to one another funds they’ve deposited at the Fed). Because bond prices typically fall when interest rates rise, any rate hike is likely to affect the value of bond investments.

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