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Grandparent 529 Plans Get a Boost Under New FAFSA Rules

October 2021

529 plans are a favored way to save for college due to the tax benefits and other advantages they offer when funds are used to pay a beneficiary’s qualified college expenses. Up until now, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal... Read more

Credit Scores Reach Record High

October 2021

The average FICO® credit score in the United States reached a record high of 711 in 2020, despite the financial challenges of the pandemic. In fact — contrary to what might be expected — consumer debt management improved after January... Read more

Fund Retirement and Reward Workers with a Cash Balance Plan

October 2021

Cash balance plans are defined benefit plans that share some key characteristics with 401(k) plans, which makes them flexible and appealing to a growing cadre of small employers. In fact, there was a 17% increase in new cash balance plans... Read more

Four Reasons to Review Your Life Insurance Needs

October 2021

You may have purchased life insurance years ago and never gave it a second thought. Or perhaps you don’t have life insurance at all and now you need it. When your life circumstances change, you have a fresh opportunity to... Read more

Signs of a Scam…and How to Resist It

September 2021

Although scammers often target older people, younger people who encounter scams are more likely to lose money to fraud, perhaps because they have less financial experience. When older people do fall for a scam, however, they tend to have higher... Read more

Following the Inflation Debate

September 2021

During the 12 months ending in June 2021, consumer prices shot up 5.4%, the highest inflation rate since 2008.1 The annual increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) — often called headline inflation — was due in... Read more

Child Tax Credit for 2021: Will You Get More?

September 2021

If you have qualifying children under the age of 18, you may be able to claim a child tax credit. (You may also be able to claim a partial credit for certain other dependents who are not qualifying children.) The... Read more

A More Affordable Life Insurance Solution

September 2021

Many people allow their life insurance policies to expire once their children are grown. This may not be a good idea, especially if you have a mortgage or other substantial expenses and your spouse would need continued financial support. But... Read more

What a Relief! Congress Acts Against Surprise Medical Bills

September 2021

If you have ever been caught off-guard by a large medical bill, a long-running practice known as balance billing might be the reason. A balance bill — which is the difference between an out-of-network provider’s normal charges for a service... Read more

HOT TOPIC: Too Hot to Handle: What’s Ahead for the U.S. Housing Market?

September 2021

The U.S. housing market, already strong before the pandemic, has heated up to record levels in 2021. The Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which measures home prices in 20 major metropolitan areas, reported a 12-month increase of 18.6% in... Read more

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