Jill on Money: Important lessons as we reach dog days of summer

 By Jill Schlesinger

 
The first half of the year is over and I don't know about you, but I am exhausted! As I prepared for a much-needed week off, I thought back on some recent interviews I conducted with guests who inspired me. Three seem apt, as I prepared for vacation.

The Pros and Cons of Cruising

Cruising might not be for everyone, but it's an economic, efficient, and popular of mode of travel in Europe and beyond. 

 
Photo by Cameron Hewitt, Rick Steves' Europe.

Looking ahead to less-robust 2019

 

By Jill Schlesinger
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Thanksgiving week provided investors with a healthy reminder: When the bear reveals his teeth, the results can be nasty. 
 

Jill on Money: Lessons from this year’s tax preparation

 By Jill Schlesinger

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Your 2017 taxes are done. Congratulations! But you're not done yet.
 

Buyer Beware: Tips for Safe Online Shopping

 Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer, CFP®, AAMS®

 
Looking for power tools? A vintage Chanel purse? A living-room sofa? Millions of shoppers are bypassing brick-and-mortar stores, as well as their respective websites, in favor of purchasing such items from individual online sellers. For many people, sites like Craigslist and eBay offer a chance to save on everyday items and luxury products, both new and used—all from the comfort of their own homes. 
 

Jill on Money: Use open enrollment period as a time to make better choices

 

By Jill Schlesinger
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  It’s open enrollment season for health and retirement plans, and if you are like most people, you will probably default to the choices you made last year. That’s a shame, because spending some time investigating your options can help you save money.

Jill on Money: How to pay for college

 

By Jill Schlesinger
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As the college acceptance letters arrive, students are thrilled. However, while parents and grandparents are proud, they may also feel a little anxious about footing the bill for what they know is an important credential in today's labor force. Before you sign on a dotted line, or heaven-forbid, raid your retirement account or borrow against your house, it's time for a financial reality check. 

 

Jill on Money: Questions and answers ripped from the headlines

 By Jill Schlesinger

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The news cycle has prompted many of you to write in ask a number of questions about terms that you read and hear about. These answers are intended to help you understand what you need to know about various policy initiatives that could be coming. 
 

Jill on Money: Buffett: Enrich yourself, not your broker, with passive investing

 By Jill Schlesinger

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 No investment guru's wisdom is more sought than that of Warren Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and so-called Oracle of Omaha. 

Jill on Money: Why you should consider a Roth IRA

 

By Jill Schlesinger
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The Roth IRA turns 20 years old this year. The retirement vehicle was part of the Tax Relief Act of 1997, and it was seen as such a boon to savers that many believed that it would not survive. Two decades later, it is alive and well. As many Americans consider funding retirement plans this tax season, it's a good opportunity to review the Roth.