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September 2019 Monthly Recap

Leverage Your 401 (k) to Build Roth Earnings By Anne Zavaglia Many investors are familiar with the “Backdoor Roth” IRA, which is an indirect way to contribute to a Roth when they are not eligible to contribute directly due to income limitations on Roth investors. Even in those circumstances, some investors can take a lesser-known …

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How Much Will Health Care Cost?

Retirement health-care costs will vary depending on your health and longevity, but it may help to have a guideline. These are the estimated savings required for an individual or couple who turned 65 in 2019 to have a 90% chance of meeting expenses for Medicare Part B health insurance, Part D prescription drug coverage, Medigap …

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Earnings Season: What Investors Can Take Away from Corporate Reports

Publicly traded companies are required to report their financial performance to regulators and shareholders on a quarterly basis. Earnings season is the often-turbulent period when most companies disclose their successes and failures. U.S. companies included in the S&P 500 index suffered year-over-year earnings declines in the first two quarters of 2019.1 Rising wages and higher …

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Should parents “go for broke” on youth sports?

Many parents encourage their kids to play organized sports because they believe the experience will be good for their physical and mental well-being. Athletic participation often provides an opportunity to instill discipline and develop social skills that could have a positive impact on their children’s futures. But kids play has morphed into big business. In …

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What should I know about investing in collectibles?

Collectible assets such as fine art, antiques, coins, and gems are one way to diversify your investment portfolio. But it can be difficult to predict if or when the money you invest will provide a return. Here are a few things you should know about collectibles before investing in them. Not all collectibles are valuable. …

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