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  • Family finances: tax breaks for the middle class

    If you believe that tax breaks are for millionaires and companies with offshore subsidiaries, you're probably paying too much to the IRS. The tax code offers a slew of incentives for buying a home, starting a family and saving for retirement. Once you...
  • Consumer confidence hits post-recession high in Florida

    Consumer confidence hits post-recession high in Florida
    Floridians' consumer confidence rose to a post-recession high in June, with people saying they are both upbeat about their own personal finances and the country's, according to a University of Florida survey. The survey's index climbed four points to 82...
  • You can donate life insurance to a charity or college

    Perhaps you have a permanent life insurance policy you no longer need. Sure, you can cash it out, but if you have altruistic inclinations, you can give the policy to your alma mater or a favorite charity. Donating life insurance "packs a whole lot more...
  • 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...
  • Can't decide where to invest? You're not alone

    Can't decide where to invest? You're not alone
    If you are agonizing over where to invest your money, you aren't alone. The pros are there with you — nervous about stocks and bonds as clear opportunities become fuzzy in both. As the best and brightest fund managers talked at Morningstar's...
  • Ask Kim: I'm getting married. Can I still contribute to a Roth IRA?

    I want to contribute the maximum $5,500 to my Roth IRA this year. However, my fiancé and I plan to get married this year and, once we do, we will go over the IRS income limit for married couples. What happens if I contribute to my Roth before we tie...
  • SEC says Harvey, advisor committed fraud in hotel deal

    SEC says Harvey, advisor committed fraud in hotel deal
    Federal authorities have accused a troubled south suburb and a controversial municipal advisor of defrauding investors to prop up the ailing town’s finances while lining the pocket of the advisor and saddling taxpayers with millions in debt. In...
  • 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...
  • Shocked into reality by the Great Recession

    Anna Newell Jones knew she was living well beyond her means when the Great Recession struck: She was $24,000 in debt. What surprised her, though, was how quickly she climbed out of that hole during the agonizingly slow recovery. She had a lot of work to...
  • Investing: the outlook for overseas stocks

    The economies of Japan, Europe and emerging nations are giving off mixed signals. Here's what we see happening in the next several months. Japan on the mend. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to turn Japan's economy around is bearing fruit. But as Abe...