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  • Average debt in collections: $6,767 in South Florida

    Average debt in collections: $6,767 in South Florida
    Nearly four out of 10 South Floridians with a credit history have a debt in collections with an average $6,767 past due, according to a new study by the Urban Institute. Those people in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade with unpaid bills that have been...
  • Owning property in a self-directed IRA

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: I have acquired two properties within my self-directed IRA. One was obtained when I was offered a deed in lieu of foreclosure and the other I bought from a bank three years ago at a low cost. Neither property has...
  • Ask Kim: Should I buy a deferred income annuity?

    I understand that the Treasury Department just changed the tax rules so people can now invest IRA money in deferred income annuities without worrying about required minimum distributions. Should I invest in this kind of annuity? If you're starting to...
  • Financial health can be a matter of time, not smarts

    Conventional wisdom says the more you know about personal finance, the better off you'll be at managing your money. But a new survey suggests that knowledge alone is not enough. For your finances to be in good shape, you also need to be aware of...
  • International stock funds should be 20-40 percent of portfolio

    Readers frequently ask whether they should invest in international stocks and, if so, what percentage of their portfolios to apportion to these issues. I am a firm believer in diversified portfolios, primarily via index funds, and an important component...
  • Family finances: weigh the price of staying home

    After decades of decline, the number of stay-at-home moms is on the rise. Visit a park on a weekday morning and you'll see that dads, too, are swapping desk chairs for high chairs. Some parents are at home for lack of a job. Those there by choice say...
  • Tapping retirement accounts penalty-free before 59 1/2

    Workers are retiring earlier these days, whether by choice or not, and many find they need to withdraw funds from retirement accounts prior to age 59 1/2. That's the age when account holders can take distributions from 401(k) plans and traditional and...
  • Rock and rollover

    As the job market improves, more workers are leaving old jobs for new ones. According to the Labor Department's Job Opening and Labor Turnover survey (JOLTS) the number of voluntary quits increased by 15 percent at the end of May. Upon departure from your...
  • Try these 30 simple tricks to shave your health costs

    Try these 30 simple tricks to shave your health costs
    No matter how you get your insurance -- through your employer, from a state exchange, from an agent, or directly from an insurance company -- you're paying a bigger share of your health-care costs than in the past. Higher premiums are only part of the...
  • Reduce lifestyle before tapping home equity to refinance debt

    Dear Liz: My wife and I accrued $28,000 of credit card debt over the past eight years. In addition to a sizable student loan bill for law school, our home mortgage and the expenses associated with three young children, we are struggling to get ahead...
  • Ask Kim: Should we open Roth 401(k) accounts?

    My wife and I are both 54-years-old, and we each earn a six-figure salary. We are currently maximizing our contributions to our employers' traditional 401(k) plans. Does it make sense for us to contribute to a Roth 401(k)? Yes. You are in an ideal...