Financial Security

Failing to plan is planning to fail. You don’t want this to happen when it comes to money that you work so hard to earn. Having a financial plan in place and a nest egg to fall back on is critical when it comes to your personal wealth and well-being.

This is why our experts have written about everything from personal finance software to mortgage lenders to retirement planning. Don’t leave cash on the table, and protect your future with these must-do’s.

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Best Travel Insurance: AIG Travel Guard vs Allianz vs Travelex vs World Nomads vs AXA & More

You’ve been saving money for years to take that once-in-a-lifetime, dream vacation. But what if reality rears its unfortunate head? Whether you have to cancel your trip altogether or disaster strikes while you’re on vacation, travel insurance can help save you from an utter financial loss — or an even larger financial burden. Our travel insurance reviews will help you sort through all of your options to see which providers are right for you.

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My Review Of Empower Personal Finance Software

There are many options when it comes to software for your personal finances, but depending on what you need will determine which one you choose. However, there are options for the ‘all-round’ customer who requires a solution for everyday budgeting, savings, and investment portfolios. Empower is a great place to begin if you are starting out on your personal finance journey or are an experienced investor.

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Pension Planning With Empower Retirement: My Experience

Retirement planning tools are a great way to help you save and plan for the future. No matter what your income or career path is, having a solid plan for retirement not only offers financial security but peace of mind too, and using a free or paid-for online tool can help with just that.

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Best Personal Finance Software For 2023: Empower vs Mint vs Quicken & More

Gone are the days of keeping receipts and Excel spreadsheets; this year, money management is easier, faster, and much more efficient than it used to be. Personal finance software can help with consolidating your finances, setting monthly budgets, and much more, but deciding which one is best for you can be a difficult and confusing task.

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Motley Fool Review: Is Their Stock Advisor Worth It?

If you’re into DIY stock investing, you’ve likely heard of The Motley Fool. This company offers many services related to personal investing and financial planning, but here we’re focusing on its most popular product, The Motley Fool Stock Advisor. Is Stock Advisor worth the cost? Or are you better off going elsewhere?

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Best Online Wills: LegalZoom Vs Rocket Lawyer Vs U.S. Legal Wills Vs Quicken WillMaker & More

Who will take care of your children if you and your spouse meet an unexpected demise? What will happen to your assets, like your home, savings, family heirlooms and investments? No one wants to think about end-of-life issues, but it’s up to you to protect your family the way you see fit; otherwise you’re taking a huge risk. If you die without a will, the state will step in to settle everything from child custody to the distribution of your assets, and may do so in a way that’s not what you would have wanted. If you don’t have a will, you should — and it’s not as daunting a task as you might think.

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage?

Torrential rains flooded your garage and basement over the weekend, causing some structural water damage to your home. You have a home insurance policy, but is water damage covered by homeowners insurance? Things can get pretty murky when trying to determine what is and isn’t covered, but we’re here to give you some helpful information and guidelines.

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How Do I Write Off Taxes For Goodwill Donations?

In our house, we donate all of our unused clothes, shoes and household items to Goodwill. The items are still in good shape, we just don’t find ourselves in need of them anymore, which is why it’s nice to give them a second life. Donating to Goodwill is also a good tax deduction, so those who donate also get a “reward” for their goodwill. In this article we’ll discuss the tax benefits of giving, not to mention how important donating is whether you benefit from it or not.

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Top 5 Best And Worst Charities To Donate To In 2023

Looking to make a charity tax deduction? How do you know which are the best and worst charities to donate to? It’s not so much which are the best causes (as that could be highly debatable and subjective), but rather what’s the best use of your hard-earned money and return on your dollar? Is your money going to have a large impact and make a difference in the cause or will it go to waste on expensive overhead or unnecessary spending? We’ll share with you a little more about charitable donations tax deductions and our top picks for best charities to give to (as well as those not to give to).

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Best Retirement Plans: 401k vs 403b vs IRA vs Roth IRA

It’s never too early (or late) to start investing in your future. Retirement plans are a smart way to help ensure you’re financially secure when you need it. Saving a little can go a long way in the long term for your financial goals.

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