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When couples divorce, financial negotiations often involve alimony. The tax rules regarding alimony were dramatically changed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, but existing agreements have been grandfathered. In addition, the old rules remain in effect for...read more
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, passed at year end, has been called the most extensive tax legislation in more than 30 years. It's certainly far reaching, covering individual income taxes, business income taxes, and estate taxes. The new law has many tax...read more
Most portfolio allocations call for a mix of stocks (equities) and bonds (fixed income). The underlying theory is that stocks may deliver substantial results over the long term, whereas bonds contribute interest income and lower volatility. What's Inside Weighing the...read more
So far, following counties are known to allow prepayments: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle and Will. Cook first installment only; can be paid online – bills already available online. Also by mail (postmarked by 12/31/2017) or at any Chase Bank branch in Illinois....read more
A transition is underway within investment firms. Increasingly, the people you hire to manage your money don't refer to themselves as brokers or stockbrokers. Instead, they're now financial advisers, financial planners, or financial consultants. What's Inside Pros and...read more
As of this writing, year-end tax planning is clouded by questions about federal legislation. President Trump and many of the Republicans in Congress favor changes that would affect the tax code. Currently, the success they'll have in their efforts is difficult to...read more
An AICPA survey discovered that parents are more likely to talk with their children about manners, eating habits, school grades, and substance abuse than about finances. All these topics are important, but it's also vital to teach your kids the basics of handling...read more
Many people prefer to have some conservative holdings in their IRA's and other retirement accounts. This century has already produced two nasty bear markets (in 2000-2002 and 2007-2009). If a third downturn occurs, investors will be glad they held some defensive...read more
The College Board reports that the average published charges for tuition, fees, room, and board at private, nonprofit, four-year schools were over $45,000 in the 2016-17 academic year. At public universities, the average charge was around $20,000 for state residents....read more
A staple in retirement planning is the search for "your number." That is, how much money do you need to accumulate in savings and investment accounts so you can afford to stop working? Life expectancy is increasing, so the amount you have when you retire might have t...read more
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