Recent college grads shared their take on financial expectations versus reality, as well as money mistakes they made they don’t want new freshman to make.
Is a college degree worth the cash? Although the cost of higher education continues to rise, it’s often seen as a solid investment.
Where to retire is one of the most important decisions a person can make. How to decide?
Is it worth having a big wedding when that money might be better directed elsewhere? For some, yes; others might want to think about it.
As you ease into retirement, a 55-and-over community might be a solid choice, but they’re not all the same. Here are some things to think about.
Social Security offers extra benefits to those who delay retirement, but few do. Learn why waiting might make sense for some people.
Learn how to save for a house—and how to keep your cash safe while you’re building that down payment.
Annuities are a retirement vehicle that can ride side-saddle with Social Security income and pensions. But they’re not for everyone.
Learn one way to establish healthy credit when you're young using good debt.
When planning your estate allocation, a straight-even division might not be the most appropriate where there are special needs.
Millennials offer financial tips to young money: Survey says saving starts early.
Want to boost your retirement savings by moonlighting with a side job? Here are some ideas.
Even though the rate of inflation has been low, it still impacts interest rates, bonds, and your portfolio. Find out more before the Fed’s next meeting.
When it comes to saving for retirement, effective doesn’t need to mean difficult. Here are some simple ways to save.
When it comes to investing for retirement, it’s best to avoid your emotions. Learn how to avoid emotional investing.
Millennial parents are vowing to cover the costs of their children’s educations, often at the expense of retirement and home ownership.
Sector investing can help align investments to specific objectives. For investors with many years before retirement, focus on traditional growth sectors.
How millennial parents are raising kids with help from both parents, or other support networks.
If you split your time between two residences, proper tax planning should include certainty on your residency status and domicile.
It’s never too early to have “the talk” with your parents—about how they plan to spend and pay for the rest of their lives.
Switching jobs and looking to save for retirement? Figuring out how much to save, avoiding high fees, and using tools and calculators can help remove the gues
Being a grandparent gives you new opportunities to invest. Learn how investing for grandchildren may help you spoil them long into the future.
Build your retirement nest egg with an individual retirement account. There are tax advantages of Roth, Traditional, SIMPLE and SEP IRAs.
Learn about the value of investing for early savers.
Is a dynamic approach to retirement fund drawdowns right for you? Go beyond the 4% rule and explore other strategies.
As the new year begins, it’s time once again to prepare for tax season. Here are six strategies that may help you lower your tax bill.
An emergency fund can help you get ahead of these unpredictable life circumstances and cover the costs, without having to borrow or dip into your savings.
The complex task of preparing taxes is a priority for many people this time of year. Even if you plan to let a pro take on your taxes, it’s a good idea to brush up on the basics.
As the new year begins, it’s time once again to prepare for tax season. Here are five tips to help.
Could you be saving and investing more of your paycheck? An annual financial check-up could tell you.
Part 1 of the 4-part "Drawing it Down" series looks at the 4% rule, and why the rule-of-thumb drawdown strategy may be in need of tweaks.
According to a recent study, when pursuing the twin savings goals of college and retirement, it pays to have a plan.
Use the final months of the year for retirement account tune-ups, including automated steps that can help you avoid penalty risk.
When making a big-ticket purchase, if you have the cash, you should use cash, right? Not necessarily.
Interest rates may begin to rise for the first time in a while, which may be the first time some younger borrowers and savers have seen a hike in rates.
Even those who are successful at building wealth aren’t necessarily done with their investment journey. Often, investors need assistance planning how to make
It’s important to determine how much money you need to retire, but another key decision is when to retire. This article features 12 questions to ask yourself.
Reaching goals means setting a budget, making sure to take daily as well as long-term expenses into account, and sometimes, being a little selfish.
Looking for an income stream, and maybe a post-retirement career where you can be your own boss? Perhaps a franchise is in your future.
Youth sports has become a $7 billion a year business, but a new TD Ameritrade survey finds that many parents are putting their children’s sports ahead of thei
Setting one’s retirement goals can be a daunting task, with many variables to consider, and lots of unknowns so many people make the mistake of putting it off
Unless changes are made in the near future, the U.S. Social Security system may become underfunded, leaving future retiree benefits in doubt. How should you p
Even if your elderly parents or spouse have a living will, it’s just as important to designate an an agent for financial decisions in the case of illness.
Here are six strategies to consider when planning for retirement on your own.
Is retirement just around the corner? Are you worried about being financially unfit? Here are six tips to help get you retirement ready.
Before getting settled into your new job, think about what to do with your 401(k). Should you leave it alone, join a new plan, or roll over to an IRA?
Boomerang kids can delay retirement. Learn four ways to help out boomerang kids and still keep your retirement savings and goals on schedule.
For retirees, the recent dip to record low U.S. bond yields poses a challenge. Will investors be forced into more dangerous investments?
Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.
Women are more than twice as likely as men to lose a spouse to death. Learn how to move forward with your finances if you’re recently widowed.
Why investors may need to step back and reexamine their portfolios and investment plans to ensure they remain appropriate for new circumstances.
Is twice the cash twice the fun? Not if you take utility into account. Get some perspective on how much benefit you’ll get from the next dollar.
Investors who set concrete goals for milestones they want to achieve, whether it’s buying a boat or putting a child through college, may have more success.
New Social Security rules eliminate the double-claiming used by married couples to grow benefits. Here’s what you need to know about this change to retirement
Need a do-over button on money decisions? A survey finds that dropping out of college, pricey weddings, and, yes, offspring are among the big-buck blunders.
Consider these steps to help with your student loan payments and invest in the rest of your life, too.
Retirement planners: Now is the time to look at year-end strategies and adopt habits in the new year to get you a few steps closer to your goals.
Find yourself with a one-time cash injection or a monthly boost to your budget? Learn spending, saving, and investing dos and don’ts that come with your sudde
From boomerang kids to aging parents, let’s look at how the sandwich generation handles multi-generational living stresses and successes.
A TD Ameritrade survey finds Gen X is more worried about retirement savings than boomers or millennials. This “sandwich generation” may have more than retirem
After years of contributing to your IRA, making withdrawals can take some getting used to. We’ve gathered some possible alternatives to help you manage your mandatory withdrawals.
Didn’t move your 401(k) when you moved jobs? From rollovers to reaping the benefits of company stock, learn ways you can incorporate your old 401(k) into your new life.
For most people, retirement means more time doing the things you enjoy. If trading is one of them, retirement could mean more opportunities to potentially generate income.
Tiny homes are trending, but will seniors choose to downsize and live small? We’ll look at the charms and challenges of the tiny lifestyle for retirees.
For some married couples, waiting until you turn 70 to collect Social Security benefits may be your smartest move.
Know your Social Security benefits: Depending on whether you are single and never married, divorced, or widowed, there are different options when it comes to
Calculating college ROI? Explore ways to reduce the risk that a huge student loan debt burden may gobble up your starting salary.
Could life’s curveballs wipe out your retirement savings? Prepare to adjust for unexpected hits to retirement plans.
Reducing debt is especially important for workers who are nearing retirement. Experts say: give credit cards priority.
Working in retirement can stretch your budget and your mind. But there are tax, IRA withdrawal, and Social Security benefits to consider.
Have you been married awhile? If so, find out what to consider when evaluating the short- and long-term financial goals you set earlier in your marriage.
Arm your children with a common-sense approach to money, saving, spending, and investing. Talk economics to the kids daily, as part of your casual observation
Do you have enough money for emergencies like a year of unemployment? Consider income, expenses—including rent vs. mortgage and one car or two—and more.
Today’s couples have the freedom to choose how they approach marriage and money. Find ideas for determining how much to join and how much to keep separate.
The classic age/asset allocation formula is one place to start thinking about your retirement portfolio makeup. But the discussion shouldn’t stop there.
Several studies have found an unexpected benefit to saving for the future – greater health and happiness today.
Ground rules, tax tips, and more to help you keep emotions in check and manage your finances wisely through the difficult process of a divorce and life afterward.
Consumers should carefully consider several questions before buying a new car, including how much they can afford.
As the U.S. economy improves and the labor market tightens, American workers face stronger prospects for a salary increase this year.
Research indicates that people who viewed computer-generated older versions of themselves took financial planning more seriously.
Where retirement planning and reality intersect, tough decisions loom. TD Ameritrade retirees share what they know now that they wish they knew then.
The Motley Fool details four big mistakes that could devastate your finances.
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