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Let’s be honest: financial planning can be confusing, stressful, and just plain boring. But when you focus on the kind of life you want—the goals, needs, and dreams you have for yourself and your family—your decisions about money get a lot easier. We’re here to help you explore the financial topics that matter to your life.

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Image showing investment acronyms EPS, IRA, Nasdaq, ETF, and RIA.

All the investing acronyms can be a little confusing, especially if you’re just getting started. Here’s a handy reference to expand your investing vocabulary.

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It’s been 10 years since the financial crisis and recession of 2008. Learn more about what happened in 2008 and if it'll ever happen again.

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The do-it-yourself crowd that self-files with software may be especially nervous to file their 2018 tax returns. Check out our tips when using these tools.

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Photo of a couple in their kitchen deciding what to do with their excess money, save for retirement or pay off debt.

You’ve settled into your career and have a little extra money in your pocket. Do you knock out debt or save for retirement? Check out our 5 steps to balance both.

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Man who is reading an article to help him understand what interest rates are.

It’s easy to know how much most things cost, an item contains a price in dollars and cents. But what if the item you need is money? How much does money cost?

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Q3 2018 report: Not too hot. Not too cold. The US economy is getting it “just right.” Find out how “Goldilocks” economy is showing up in the job market, interest rates, and your pocket book.

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