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Trending real estate investment: Land ownership
(BPT) - Smart investors know a diversified portfolio is the best way to weather any storm. Considering the volatility of the current stock market, the desire for better options has never been greater. Rather than gamble on the next buzzworthy stock or bond and hope it lives up to expectations, there ...
People are discovering a new way to boost their portfolio
(BPT) - As a volatile market sends ripples through the global economy, many investors are worried about how events overseas will impact their portfolio. In addition, concerns about political instability in much of the world have contributed to a heightened sense of worry and stress among investors. ...
5 tips to avoid hidden credit card fees
(BPT) - Many consumers are trying to be wiser with their credit cards. They avoid splurging on gifts during the holiday season. They don’t apply for a store credit card every time they’re offered 10 percent off their purchase. Yet hidden charges and overlooked terms and conditions might ...
How to get more bang for your charitable buck
(BPT) - Grants from individuals and families are the lifeblood of American charities. They accounted for 72 percent of the more than $350 billion in total giving in 2014, according to Giving USA. For their generosity, donors receive both tax benefits and the satisfaction of supporting causes that ar ...
America's fun gap revealed [Infographic]
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How to Know Your Accountant was Trained at Hogwarts
(BPT) - You know your taxes are due on April 15 (or April 18 this year thanks to Emancipation Day), and you know you will either owe money or get a nice check from Uncle Sam. But you also know it's never really that simple.Tax returns can get complicated, especially if you're self-employed, make ext ...
Taking a bite out of life insurance premiums
(BPT) - We are bombarded with messages about the importance of making healthy choices every single day. While the latest exercise and nutrition trends can be complex and often contradictory, we all know the basics: eat right, stay active. Still, it can be difficult to make healthy choices in the mom ...
3 ways your home value can help in retirement
(BPT) - Your retirement. Your golden years to spend doing the things you enjoy - hobbies, travel, more time with family, and so on. But can you afford to live your post-paycheck life the way you always hoped?Research from the National Retirement Risk Index estimates that more than 50 percent of hous ...
3 smart ways to use your tax refund
(BPT) - The average tax refund in 2015 was approximately $2,800 according to the IRS, and similar refunds are expected in 2016. For those getting a refund, there are many options to consider in deciding what to do with this unexpected income. The big question is what is the smartest option?While you ...
Are you prepared if the IRS comes knocking?
(BPT) - There are few things in life more feared than a tax audit. Just the thought of being summoned to appear before the IRS and going through tax returns and old receipts is enough to throw most people into a panic.A 2016 survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Hyatt Legal Plans, “Impr ...
Mythbusting the adjustable rate mortgage
(BPT) - In pop culture, myths can sometimes be mistaken for truth. Common ones, like, “don’t swim for a half hour after eating,” or “we only use 10 percent of our brain,” are false even though they’re widely taken for fact.The adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) earned ...
4 simple steps for alleviating financial stress
(BPT) - Working Americans aren't the only ones who should be worried about their financial well-being. Managers, HR pros and business owners should be just as concerned.Why? Financial stress is crippling workplace productivity and the corporate bottom line. Never mind the micromanaging boss, the dif ...
More seniors finding peace of mind, lifelong care at continuing care communities
(BPT) - Are you worried you might one day outlive your retirement savings? Running out of money is a common concern, and the sad reality is it does happen to some people. The Administration on Aging predicts the number of Americans age 65 and older will reach 98 million in less than 50 years, so it& ...
There's no free lunch and most workers don't want one anyway
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the popular adage that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” underscoring the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing. Yet most Americans wouldn’t want a free lunch anyway, recent research shows.Only one in five (18 perce ...
5 changes to watch for this tax season
(BPT) - This tax season brings changes you should know about as you’re preparing your 2015 return and planning for 2016 and beyond. Here are five areas to keep in mind.There’s a delayed filing date. If you’re a procrastinator filing at the last minute, this year you have more time. ...
3 tips for achieving financial wellness in retirement
(BPT) - Financial wellness is central to retirement planning. Balancing financial priorities is like eating a balanced meal. When preparing for retirement, it is important to make a commitment to your financial health as you would to your personal health. By looking at one’s finances and estab ...
3 tips to get you through this roller coaster economy
(BPT) - The stock market is off to a rocky 2016 and experts advise we buckle up. Uncertainty around China, oil and interest rates is leading to waves of selling and a sharp decline in the market. This volatility is a reminder that we should expect the best and prepare for the worst. At the very leas ...
The financial solution you've been looking for might be right under your roof
(BPT) - What would you do with a little extra money? Chances are, you thought of something pretty fast — and you probably had more than one idea. Whether you’re looking to improve your home, pay off outstanding debt or take a vacation, a little cash can go a long way and you can find the ...
3 common tax mistakes that could cost you
(BPT) - Tax season is in full swing, and according to the IRS, Americans often leave more than a billion dollars on the table in unclaimed refunds.With the average refund hovering at $2,800, ensure you get back your maximum refund and avoid these common filing mistakes this tax season.1. Using an in ...
6 things you didn't know could affect your taxes
(BPT) - Before you press “send” on your tax return, make sure you have all the information you need to get your return completed accurately. Here are six unexpected ways your taxes could be affected this refund season: 1. Your fantasy football league may come with a tax deduction. You& ...
6 smart ways your tax refund can help you get into your first new home
(BPT) - Sponsored Advertising Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.The average tax refund for the 2014 filing season was nearly $3,000 and the IRS doles out about 100 million of them every year, according to IRS data. If you’ll be getting a refund this year, instead of spending it o ...
5 tax tips for small business owners
(BPT) - Starting a business can be intimidating, but with a solid business plan and guidance from the small business community of experts, it can also be incredibly rewarding. Whether you own a local restaurant or an online Etsy shop, one of the biggest things to get used to as a new small business ...
5 things to discuss with your significant other before purchasing a home
(BPT) - In a relationship, you count on your significant other to be there with you through the good and the bad. They are your best friend, your confident and your closest ally. And you count on being able to have important conversations with them as well.One of those important conversations every ...
Looking for love on the Internet in 2016? Signs your online sweetie may be a scammer
(BPT) - Everyone's looking for love, and many of them are doing it online - the numbers prove it! Nearly 50 million Americans have tried online dating, and 20 percent of current committed relationships began online, according to StatisticBrain. Online dating is now widely accepted as a great way to ...
Beat planning pressure: 5 tips for an intimate wedding
(BPT) - The terms wedding and money go hand in hand. The average wedding cost is now up to $31,213 according to theknot.com, and that’s not even including the honeymoon. Because of increasing costs, more and more couples are looking to plan a smaller, more intimate ceremony. While there’ ...
The Affordable Care Act and taxes: What you need to know
(BPT) - While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no longer new, each year brings changes to the health care law. As you undoubtedly know, the ACA is inextricably linked to taxes so keeping up with annual changes is important. Given tax season is now well underway, here’s what you need to know wh ...
3 tips for evaluating what your business is worth
(BPT) - Financial and business education is a critical pathway for the future of America’s small business community.To start with, business owners should ask themselves: “What is the true value of my business?” It’s an important question because the value of your business wil ...
Visualizing success: 6 ways to set yourself apart in business
(BPT) - More than half a million new businesses emerge onto the scene over the course of each month, according to Forbes Entrepreneurs. But even more businesses shut down than start up. Whether you’re a new business owner or an employee looking to take your career to the next level, it’s ...
Tax refund spending habits [Infographic]
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How to get your tax refund in days vs. weeks
(BPT) - As 2016 begins, managing your money better may be at the top of your New Year’s resolution list. What better way to tackle that resolution than filing your tax return early. You know there’s a big advantage to getting it done early — getting the refund fast. But did you kno ...
Tips on using a balance transfer to become debt-free
(BPT) - If you’re carrying a balance on your credit card, don’t worry — most Americans are too. In fact, the average U.S. household carries just over $15,000 of credit card debt, which isn’t a bad thing when managed properly. Let’s look at the big picture.You most likel ...
Think 'inside the box' to protect your financial well-being
(BPT) - From complicated passwords to smart home security systems, it seems like everyone these days is coming up with novel ways to protect themselves and their family, and keep their valuables secure.We all want to feel safe. However, almost 60 percent of adults believe the overall level of risk f ...
Making the most of college financial aid: 7 tips you should know
(BPT) - What do parents of toddlers and parents of high school students have in common? Both worry about paying for college. With the constantly rising costs of higher education, financial aid becomes more important than ever for making the dream of a college education possible. So if you’re i ...
5 tips to protect your identity and celebrate refund season
(BPT) - The holidays may be over, but refund season is just beginning, and there’s a lot to celebrate. This tax season, while consumers are eagerly awaiting their refund, tax preparation companies, tax officials and the IRS are working together to combat one of the fastest growing threats for ...
The quick guide to home financing
(BPT) - It’s an all too familiar monthly event: you write out a rent check and wait for the funds to disappear from your bank account. But what if instead of making endless payments on something you don’t own, you could own a home of your own? When you finance a home purchase with a mort ...
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