Financial planning

FILE - In this June 15, 2017, file photo, people walk inside the Oculus, the new transit station at the World Trade Center in New York. Financial fears, not wanting to check your credit, confront your debt or even discuss your student loans, can feel especially shameful. But facing those fears can empower you to take action. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 22, 2019 - 9:32 am
Fear can consume you. The anxiety of the unknown can drive you to pull the blanket over your head, whether you're worried about a rustling sound outside your bedroom window or that you won't have enough retirement savings. Financial fears — not wanting to check your credit, confront your debt or...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
September 16, 2019 - 5:35 am
One of the biggest retirement mistakes you can make is not realizing what you don't know. I regularly hear from people in or near retirement who misunderstand how Social Security works, dramatically underestimate life expectancies or fail to plan for big expenses, such as long-term care or taxes...
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August 29, 2019 - 1:44 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa funeral home is calling on families to pick up the unclaimed cremated remains of nearly 100 people that it has been keeping in a locked closet for years, some since the mid-1990s. Lanae Strovers, of Hamilton's Funeral Home in Des Moines, told TV station KCCI that she...
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In this June 18, 2019, photo a man pulls a grocery cart as he walks in the rain past the stock ticker scroll board, showing a strong daily gain in the Dow Jones, outside Fidelity Investments in the Financial District of Boston. According to a survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, Americans are generally satisfied with their personal finances, but many lack confidence in their ability to afford retirement, an emergency expense or even their daily living costs (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
July 09, 2019 - 7:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are generally satisfied with their personal finances, but many lack confidence in their ability to afford retirement, an emergency expense or even their daily living costs. Roughly two-thirds, 67%, describe their financial situation as generally good, up slightly from 62...
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FILE- In this Feb. 12, 2019, file photo pedestrians pass beneath City Hall in Philadelphia. Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they never plan to retire, according to a poll that suggests a disconnect between individuals’ retirement plans and the realities of aging in the workforce. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
July 07, 2019 - 6:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they never plan to retire, according to a poll that suggests a disconnection between individuals' retirement plans and the realities of aging in the workforce. Experts say illness, injury, layoffs and caregiving responsibilities often force older...
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In this undated image provided by NerdWallet, Ray Robertson and his wife Bailey pose for a photo. As newlyweds, Ray and Bailey paid off over $33,000 in consumer debt in 18 months. Their strategy? Aggressive payments, a lean lifestyle and plenty of communication. Now they're working on paying off their mortgage, accruing wealth and raising their son.(Amelia Campbell Photography/NerdWallet via AP)
July 02, 2019 - 8:44 am
In this series, NerdWallet interviews people who have triumphed over debt. Responses have been edited for length and clarity. BAILEY AND RAY ROBERTSON HOW MUCH: $33,456 in 18 months Ray Robertson's debt-payoff journey involves two fateful conversations across the ocean from where he grew up. The...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
June 17, 2019 - 6:20 am
Many people worry about running out of money in retirement. That's understandable, since we don't know how long we'll live, what your future costs might be and what kind of returns we can expect on our savings. There are several ways, however, to boost the odds that your money will last as long as...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, people walk at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Americans generally do not have enough saved for retirement and Congress is considering a number of measures to address that. (AP Photo/Matt Rourk, File)
May 24, 2019 - 6:28 am
Americans generally do not have enough saved for retirement and Congress is considering a number of measures to address that. There are a few retirement-related bills of note making their way through Congress. One in particular, the Secure Act, gained significant traction this week. The House voted...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
May 13, 2019 - 6:28 am
Retirement experts frequently recommend working longer if you haven't saved enough. But you may not realize just how powerful a little extra work can be. Researchers who compared the relative returns of working longer versus saving more last year reached some startling findings. Among them : —...
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In this April 14, 2019 photo, Muqadas Ashraf speaks to The Associated Press in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to Pakistan looking for a bride. Less than five months later, Muqadas is back home in Pakistan, pregnant and seeking a divorce from a husband she says was abusive. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
May 07, 2019 - 6:37 am
GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds young women from Pakistan's small Christian minority have been trafficked to China as brides in recent months as their impoverished community is targeted in an aggressive new marriage market, activists and officials say. Brokers offer desperately poor parents...
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