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5 Steps to Plan Your Retirement

Only 1 in 3 Americans in their 50s has ever tried to plan for retirement, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study. And a third of those who try to plan admit that they either gave up or failed miserably. The result: Barely 20 percent of...
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Why the Holidays Make Us Dumb About Spending

NEW YORK — Financial planner Barry Eckstein has heard a lot of extravagant spending stories. But when clients were chatting with him about the holidays a couple of years ago, he couldn’t believe his ears. The couple had bought a mink coat. Not just any mink coat, mind...
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Whom Not to Tip for the Holidays

With the New Year rapidly approaching, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year and think about all the people who have helped you get through it — and how best to show them your appreciation. “The root of the word gratuity is gratitude,” says Daniel...
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Americans Pay Up to 10 Times Too Much for Medications

Just 17 percent of people comparison shop for their prescriptions to find better deals, a new survey shows. That means 83 percent are potentially paying hundreds of dollars more than necessary each time they fill a prescription, according to Consumer Reports. The nonprofit found that medications can cost...
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