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Planning for a Strong Financial Future

By Lee Baker, CFP

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3 stocks to make green on organics

Missed the boat on Whole Foods? You can still invest in this $48-billion-and-growing industry.
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Job service to hold vets night

The Great Falls Job Service will host the April Operation: Vets Night from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Great Falls Workforce Center, 1018 7th St. S.
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Caregiving Spouses More Likely to Take on Medical Task

Spouses who are caregivers are significantly more likely than other family caregivers (adult children, for example) to perform many of the

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4 things smart investors look for in annual reports

Buried in the boredom are important clues about the health of your investment. Here's a quick-and-dirty guide to uncovering them.
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A Big Problem With Fill-in-the-Blank Wills

It’s tempting, I know. You’re trying to save money. You don’t have lots of property to leave to others. Your estate isn’t complicated.

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More Investors Choosing Target-Date Funds for 401(k)s

business graphsTarget-date funds are growing in popularity among investors in workplace

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8 tips for spring cleaning your finances

It's time to toss those dusty bank statements, and shop around for better rates.
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New Study: Military Caregivers Need Much More Support

military caregiversA study of military caregivers released today by the RAND Corporation raises concerns about who will car

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7 ways your 401k is improving

Will 401k's become American retirees' savings plan of choice? Here's how they're evolving to fit the times.
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Hands-On Banking by Wells Fargo

Want to take charge of your own finances and reach your goals? Just pick your age group and get started! Whether you want to build your credit, your investments, or your own small business; invest in the market, a home, or higher education; shop for a loan, buy a car, or open your first bank accounts, the Hands on Banking program offers all the basic money tools, skills, and information you need. The site has a course for military, seniors, entrepreneurship, adults, young adults, teens and kids.

The Cost of Not Expanding Medicaid

States have divided almost evenly on whether to expand Medicaid to millions more low-income Americans, many of them uninsured.

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Employers Shift More Health Care Costs to Workers

Time SheetIt’s not that your paycheck feels smaller. It is smaller, thanks to the bigger portion that health care costs are siphoning from your take-home pay.

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7 pieces of terrible debt advice

When it comes to getting rid of your debt, here are some bad ideas you should avoid at all costs.
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6 reasons you should know your credit scores

Your credit health is important to your financial well-being, but not everyone keeps track of their scores. Here's why you should.
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Online Fraud: Are You Next?

2438005410_6100c23246The difference between which computer users get scammed and those who don’t often comes down to a simple checklist: In just-released research, AARP identifies 15 particular behaviors, life situations and knowledge attributes that significantly increase vulnerability to online fraud.

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NeighborWorks hoping to raise $50,000

'Four years ago I wondered how I'd survive,' Mari Buchanan said. 'Now I'm not surviving, I'm living.'
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The ultimate guide to debt collectors

There's no cause to panic when a bill collector contacts you. Here are some rights to keep in mind when you get the call.
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The 401k move that guarantees a higher return

When it comes to company retirement plans, costs loom large, though few people pay much attention to them. It's simple math: Lower your fees and reap the reward.
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How lenders use your secret credit score

More lenders are using big data to judge if they should extend credit to you.
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