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A Brief History of Estate Taxes

Federal estate taxes have long since been a lucrative source of funding for the federal government.

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Certain Uncertainties in Retirement

The uncertainties we face in retirement can erode our sense of confidence, potentially undermining our outlook during those years. Indeed,…

Crowdfunding Capital for the 21st Century

One of the earliest examples of crowdfunding occurred in 1884 when funds ran short for building the Statue of Liberty’s…

How the Federal Reserve Works

Have you ever taken a close look at paper money? Each U.S. bill has the words “Federal Reserve Note” imprinted…

Getting a Head Start on College Savings

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates a middle-income family with a child born in 2015 can expect to spend about…

Personal Finance Tips for Military Families

One survey found that 77% of military personnel have some financial worries, mostly regarding their lack of savings to cover…

Bitcoin 101

Bitcoin has emerged as a digital currency that exists virtually. It is a “cryptocurrency” which uses cryptography to manage the…

Countering Counterfeit Currency

It is estimated by the U.S. Secret Service, the federal agency responsible for protecting the U.S. currency, that prior to…

Ways Parents Can Help Their Boomerang Kids

It’s been called the new retirement wild card. But it’s not inflation, health-care costs, or taxes, though those things certainly…

The Student Loan Bubble

Call it a bubble, call it a catastrophe, call it whatever you’d like, but student loan debt has become an…

Back to School Edition – Avoiding Unnecessary Student Debt

With the Fall 2013 semester fast approaching, having a discussion about ways to avoid unnecessary debt is now more prudent…