We compare and contrast a few of the most common college savings vehicles.
Investors who start early have a huge head start toward saving enough for retirement.
Factoring your total tax liability into your hourly/day rate calculation can help you stay out of debt and have more money to save.
Without payroll deductions, you have to anticipate how much you'll owe and incorporate it into your budget.
Investing in a Dow-tracker hasn't been a disastrous bet, but better options for passive core equity exposure abound.
Without program changes, younger investors may see reduced benefits, but don't bet on payouts going to zero.
These tips can help you establish good credit or improve poor credit.
We walk through exactly what's required to hit this savings benchmark (hint: it's not sorcery).
These three tips can help you maximize the tax benefits of 529 accounts.
Don't be intimidated by this technical-sounding performance measure. The concept is intuitive and the data is easy to interpret.
Buying fixed-income securities of staggered maturities and holding for the long haul makes some sense, but it may not be the best way to go.
We take a look at the pros and cons of using 529 assets for elementary and secondary private school tuition.
Six considerations for those considering an investment in municipal bonds.
A high payout ratio could be a red flag, but it doesn't always portend a dividend cut.
Whether you're in the market for a company paying a juicy yield or one that's growing its payout, here are some things to keep in mind.
A quick rundown of how the income produced by different investment types is treated at tax time.
Making sure your insurance coverage adequately reflects home renovations could save you money if you file a claim.
If you haven't revisited the number of allowances claimed on your W-4 form lately, now is a good time to do a checkup and make needed adjustments.
When viewed through a business-cycle lens, the current economy is showing signs of both mid- and late-cycle dynamics.
Calculating required minimum distributions is relatively straightforward, but beware of complications.
Two easy-to-calculate ratios can shed light on how much you can comfortably afford when it comes to housing costs.
Investors can use the VIX to understand how uncertain the financial markets are about the near future but little more.
The 'right' bond exposure--from a credit and duration standpoint--depends on your circumstances and portfolio.
The new tax laws no longer allow a deduction for the payer, and the recipient won't pay taxes on the income.
We tackle this and other reader questions about 401(k)s.
These accounts have the potential to benefit millions of Americans living with disabilities, but only a fraction have signed on.
We consider some options and explore the pros and cons of each.
It's hard to go wrong giving the gift of cash, but make sure you brush up on the tax consequences.
We outline some scenarios for Social Security that younger investors can use to determine their own savings rates.
These rules of thumb are helpful in determining what assets should go in what accounts.
Consider these strategies to stretch out your tax savings during your retirement years.
The proposed tax bill would allow 529 withdrawals for elementary and secondary school tuition; we consider some implications for investors.
Rolling period returns can provide a fuller view of a fund's performance than you can get by looking at a single-period trailing return.
Don't overlook these important considerations when selecting a donor-advised fund for charitable contributions.
Vanguard Charitable's donor-advised fund has low fees and topnotch underlying investment offerings, but donation minimums are higher.
We examine Schwab Charitable's ongoing fees and underlying investment offerings.
We take a close look at the ongoing fees and underlying investment offerings of the largest donor-advised fund in the U.S.
The Boost Saving for College Act could entice more people to contribute to 529 plans.
Some frequently asked questions and answers about these popular college-savings vehicles.
A look at some of the pros and cons of these increasingly popular investment vehicles.
Use our checklist to ensure you're getting the most from a new or existing 401(k) plan.
It may seem like some funds are only for the mega rich, but many are accessible through more channels than you might think.
Taking too large a distribution from a college savings plan can have costly tax consequences.
Why some companies have multiple share classes and tickers, and considerations for investors when choosing among them.
Don't get bogged down by too many options; setting up a 401(k) can be simpler than it seems.
We put together a sample budget for those new to the workforce and explore some tips for staying on track.
Though it may not be signaling that a recession is imminent, the Fed should proceed with caution.
The cost of borrowing for college is rising along with the price of college itself. Here's what you need to know.
The VIX can tell you how uncertain financial markets are about the near future, but little more.
Don't disregard the FAFSA when planning how to pay for college.