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How Grandparents Can Help Grandchildren with College Costs

Helping to pay for a grandchild's college education can bring great personal satisfaction and is a smart way for grandparents to pass on wealth without having to pay gift and estate taxes. So what are some ways to accomplish this goal?

How Women Are Different from Men, Financially Speaking

We all know men and women are different in some fundamental ways. But is this true when it comes to financial planning? In a word, yes. In the financial world, women often find themselves in very different circumstances than their male counterparts. Everyone wants financial security. Yet women often face financial headwinds that can affect their ability to achieve it. The good news is that women today have never been in a better position to achieve financial security for themselves and their families.

Financial Planning: Helping You See the Big Picture

Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a price tag attached.

That's where financial planning comes in. Financial planning is a process that can help you target your goals by evaluating your whole financial picture, then outlining strategies that are tailored to your individual needs and available resources.

Women: Living in the Sandwich Generation

At a time when your career is reaching a peak and you are looking ahead to your own retirement, you may find yourself in the position of having to help your children with college expenses or the financial challenges of young adulthood while at the same time looking after the needs of your aging parents. Squeezed in the middle, you're in the "sandwich generation" — a group loosely defined as people in their 40s to 60s who are "sandwiched" between caring for children and aging parents.

The fact is, women are the ones who most often step into the caregiving role.* As more women have children later in life and more parents live longer lives, the ranks of the sandwich generation are likely to grow in the years ahead. If you find yourself sandwiched between caregiving demands, here are some strategies to navigate this life phase.

Handling Market Volatility

Conventional wisdom says that what goes up must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when your money is at stake. Though there's no foolproof way to handle the ups and downs of the stock market, the following common-sense tips can help.

Women: What You Should Know When Starting a Business

According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, there are 11.6 million women-owned businesses, employing nearly 9 million people and generating $1.7 trillion in sales in 2017.1 Many of these businesses started small, begun by women seeking the exciting and potentially rewarding experience of "being their own boss" while doing something they enjoy. If you're thinking about starting your own business, you'll need a sound plan, a little creativity, personal dedication, and probably some form of financial investment.

Before you make the commitment to starting your own business, you'll need to determine whether it's the right move for you. Here are a few important factors to consider.

5 Ways Criminals Use Social Engineering to Scam Us

A major risk to both businesses and individuals, social engineering involves the exploitation of our very nature. Specifically, criminals use social engineering techniques to elicit feelings of fear, uncertainty, pressure, and excitement in the hope that we will deviate from the ways we typically behave. Their goal is to gain access to our sensitive information or take advantage of us for financial gain. Here, we’ll explore five ways that criminals use social engineering to scam us—and tips to avoid falling victim.

Donor Advised Funds: Tax Benefit Today, Giving Opportunities Tomorrow

Funds are a flexible and popular option for long-term charitable giving

This time of year, many of us are in a charitable frame of mind. If you have assets you want to give but haven’t decided on a charity or when you want to make the contribution, there’s still a way to get the charitable tax deduction for 2017.

 

A Matter of Policy

Life insurance explained – on your terms

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “The check’s in the mail.” Life insurance is just like that. It’s a financial tool that makes sure there’s a check in the mail for your loved ones if anything happens to you.

 

Ways You Can Avoid Inheriting an Estate Tax Bill

Why you need an estate plan – even if you don’t pay the estate tax
 

The estate tax is a hot topic in the news right now with a lot of speculation about the role it may play in tax reform. The tax has been repealed three times since it was introduced more than 90 years ago.

The tax impacts individuals who inherit an estate worth more than $5.49 million, or couples who inherit an estate worth more than $10.98 million. Twelve states also have estate taxes so depending on how much you inherit and where you live, you could be subjected to a federal and state tax bill.