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October 12, 2018

What You'll Pay for Medicare Premiums in 2019

A new surcharge tier will kick in for 2019 for people with the highest incomes.

See More On: Medicare

October 11, 2018

Social Security Benefits to Increase 2.8% with 2019 COLA Adjustment

While recipients will get a cost-of-living adjustment, workers will have more of their income subject to the Social Security tax.

See More On: Social Security | Making Your Money Last | Saving Money

October 4, 2018

October 4, 2018

New Rules on Capital Gains

Rates didn’t change, but they’re pegged to your income instead of your tax bracket.

See More On: Tax Planning | Tax Prep & Filing

October 5, 2018

Deducting Disaster Losses on Your Tax Return

The new tax law changed the rules. Now you can take a casualty loss deduction only if your home is in a federally declared disaster area.

See More On: Tax Planning

October 4, 2018

How Parents Can Access Information on Their College Student

You'll need the proper paperwork to obtain grades, health records.

See More On: Family Finances | Health Care & Insurance

October 4, 2018

Dormant Accounts Pose a Risk for Buy-and-Hold Investors

If you haven't been in contact with your investment firm, your state may be quicker to seize your account as abandoned property.

See More On: Mutual Funds | Investor Psychology

September 28, 2018

The Benefits of Donating Stock to a Donor-Advised Fund

Donating appreciated securities to charity using a donor-advised fund provides tax benefits and flexibility.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds

September 26, 2018

The Advantages of Filing the FAFSA Form Early

You can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the next year of college starting October 1. And the earlier you file, the better your chances of receiving aid from schools themselves.

See More On: Paying for College

September 21, 2018

You Can Now Freeze -- and Unfreeze -- Your Credit Report for Free

As of September 21, credit bureaus can no longer charge you to freeze your credit reports or to lift a freeze. Here’s what you need to know to get your free freeze.

See More On: Credit Reports & Scores

September 18, 2018

How Preexisting Conditions Can Affect Medigap Insurance

In many cases, insurers can take preexisting conditions into account when deciding whether to sell you a medigap policy and what to charge you.

See More On: Medicare

September 14, 2018

Key Documents You Need to Take With You in an Emergency

As you prepare for Florence or the next big hurricane, make sure you gather financial documents that you'll need if you must evacuate or your home is damaged.

See More On: Family Finances | Home Insurance | Home Remodeling & Maintenance

September 11, 2018

How to Prepare for Hurricane Florence

As the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states brace for a severe hurricane, residents in its path still have time to protect their homes and finances.

See More On: Home Insurance | Auto Insurance | Home Remodeling & Maintenance

September 7, 2018

How a Grandparent's Help With College Tuition Affects Financial Aid

Before cutting a check for a grandchild's college tuition, make sure you review the impact it can have on the student's financial aid.

See More On: 529 Plans

September 5, 2018

Two Key Estate-Planning Documents You Need

Don't confuse a health care proxy with a living will. Each serves a different purpose, but you'll need both to make sure your medical wishes are honored.

See More On: Estate Planning | Family Finances | Financial Planning

August 28, 2018

Health Savings Account Limits for 2019

Make sure your health insurance policy meets deductible limits and other requirements if you want to save money in a tax-advantaged health savings account next year.

See More On: Health Care & Insurance

August 27, 2018

How to Find the Best Medicare Advantage Plan for You for 2019

If you opt for a Medicare Advantage plan instead of traditional Medicare, this online tool can help you find the plan to fit your needs -- and budget.

See More On: Medicare | Health Care & Insurance

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