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There are some personal finance goals that have good odds of success — better odds than with trying to lose 40 pounds.
How to Weave a Reverse Mortgage Into Your Retirement Plan
Whatever mix of strategies you settle on, they'll work better if you set up your reverse mortgage line of credit when interest rates are low.
The Essential Reverse Mortgage Trick: Get One Before You Need It
Experts generally say the home ought to be the last asset tapped, but one urges applying now and borrowing later to lock in today’s low interest rates.
How to Handle Your Retirement Fund RMDs at the Last Minute
Reminder: the unwelcome required minimum distributions deadline looms. If you need to act by Dec. 31 and don't, you'll face a whopping penalty.
529 College Savings Plans: Not a Bad Last-Minute Holiday Gift
Sending cash to the child's parents is obviously the easiest option for grandparents or other givers — if the parents can be counted on.
Why It's Good That Homeowners and Appraisers Are Thinking Alike
Homeowners and appraisers have narrowed their differences in home-value views, a sign of normalcy since the depths of the housing market bust in 2008.
Owning a Home Stretches Lead Over Renting, but There's a Problem
In nearly all markets it again makes sense to buy a home. But those big rents you're paying is going to make it harder.
Here's Your Minimum Needs If You Insist on Actively Managed Funds
Index funds are clear winners due to low fees and tax efficiency, but if you really want to dabble in managed funds, here's how to do it.
Half of Housing Will Be Fully Recovered in '15 (and Half Won't)
Try hard enough and you can almost always see the housing-market glass as half full — but only by remembering how bad things were.
After Giving Thanks, Here Are Financial Presents We Need for 2015
What would we like to be thankful for next year? Not to be ungrateful, but not everything is perfect.