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Making a House a ‘Home for Life’

The "before" house used as a model for the Home for Life.

The “before” house used as a model for the Home for Life.

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The CARE Act: A Commonsense Solution to Help Family Caregivers

Alice from Texas cared for her husband, Cort, after he suffered a severe stroke.  She recently shared her story on I Heart Caregivers, writing, “After a week in intensive care, three weeks in a rehab facility and a month in a nursing home, I brought my husband home to begin his care. He came home with a severe wound on his back. I learned wound care, changing catheters, all the duties of a home healthcare nurse.

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Swiss Miss: A Painful Lesson in Currency Trading

Last Thursday the Swiss central bank sucker punched the financial community by unlinking the Swiss franc from the euro. As a result, those who trade in currency markets saw huge gains or losses.

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Where Health Insurance Prices Are Highest and Lowest

In health insurance prices, as in the weather, Alaska and the Sun Belt are extremes. This year Alaska is the most expensive health insurance market for people who do not get coverage through their employers, while Phoenix, Albuquerque, N.M., and Tucson, Ariz., are among the very cheapest.

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Improving Quality Measurement and e-Health in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services: The TEFT Demonstration

Many Americans with personal care needs receive services in their own homes to help them with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, and meal preparation. But the quality of care provided in private homes often is not measured.

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Non-Traded REITs – Too Good to be True?

Are you looking for income? One solution often pitched is private and non-traded REITs (real estate investment trusts). REITs raise money to buy income-producing real estate. In this low-yield environment, they are touted as having high yields, no market risk, and as alternatives to bonds.

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Older Workers See Job Gains

Now hiring sign on whiteboard held by smiling manEmployers capped a year of solid hiring by adding 252,000 jobs to the economy in December — and older workers welcomed

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5 Ways to Make Your Debit Card Safer

Using debit card at retail storeWorried about data breaches but still prefer to use your debit card?

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Personal Scams, Not Data Breaches, Are Real Cons of 2014

While some 750 documented data breaches and the hacking of 160 million personal and business and government payment records dominated the news in 2014, the prime calling cards of scammers trying to steal your hard-earned money were intimidation and fear. Here’s how the scams work:

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Some Tips on Career Coaching Your Millennial

Many of our adult children face a daunting job outlook. The post-recession recovery has been particularly difficult for young adults, who have experienced double-digit unemployment rates for more than 70 consecutive months, according to The Young Invincibles, a think tank in Washington, D.C.

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Two and a Half Inflation Myths

Inflation lately has been pretty tame. Still, the possibility that it could raise its ugly head again, eating away at our spending power and standard of living, is always in the back of our minds. That’s why it’s important to understand inflation to better protect ourselves from its potential impact. Knowing these myths about inflation is a good place to start.

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1 in 4 Didn’t Notice ID Theft for At Least 2 Years. Would You?

Identity theft is fast-moving. Are you asleep at the wheel?

The sooner ID theft is discovered, the easier it is to repair the damage. And yet, one in four did not know they were victims until at least two years later, finds the Identity Theft Resource Center. That’s more than enough time to destroy your financial life – and start a new one on your dime.

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Choosing a Financial Adviser? This Tool Can Help

Investors are generally advised to check the background of brokers or other financial professionals before doing business with them.

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How to Be Really Rich with Less Money

Most people define their net worth in dollars. As a financial planner, I define net worth in time. Allow me to explain.

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Financial Planning for People with Dementia

As baby boomers move into their late 60s and beyond, the country is likely to experience a growing number of individuals with dementia who have difficulty managing their financial affairs.

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The $64,000 Question: Where Did My Retirement Savings Go?

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AARP Finds ID Theft Higher Than Believed, Simple Preventions Ignored

New research by the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that identity theft may be occurring at twice the rate previously believed — and the reason may be simple:

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When Grandma’s Called to Take Over

Grandmother reading to grandchildrenCalling all grandmas, calling all

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Will Interest Rates Rise Next Year? Should You Care?

When interest rates rise, the value of bonds decline. Many are sure rates will increase next year, but should you worry about that?

iStock_000005407438Small ratesWhy are experts convinced rates will rise next year?

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Free Financial Advice? What's Not to Like

Retiree couple getting financial adviceNeed financial advice on estate planning, retirement savings or something else?

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