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The internet certainly makes it more convenient to manage your money. You can make a deposit to your checking account without going to the bank, buy and sell stocks with the click of a button, and make purchases or pay bills right from your phone. Even if you’re comfortable using technology, you may wonder if it’s really safe to bank, shop, and invest online.

When you think of podcasts, the uber-popular true crime series Serial or Ira Glass’s This American Life program probably come to mind. Podcasts are a great form of entertainment, but they can also be an easy way to learn something new while you’re on the go.

It’s a question you probably ask yourself before every major purchase. In many cases, it makes financial sense to buy, but in others, there’s no real benefit to ownership. You have to crunch the numbers to determine which option is right for you. 

Housing is the largest line item in most people’s budgets. Once you reach retirement, you may be looking for ways to shrink your housing costs. One creative way to do that is to take in one or more roommates.

A well-balanced portfolio should include a variety of investment vehicles. One important category, particularly for investors who are retired or close to retirement, is dividend-paying stocks. These stocks can create a reliable alternative income stream for people who are no longer working.

You’ve probably heard about telephone imposter scams in which con artists claim to be Internal Revenue Service (IRS) representatives. They tell people they owe taxes and convince them to wire money or put funds on a prepaid debit card by telling them they’ll be arrested if they don’t pay immediately.

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Decluttering can be a really cathartic and liberating experience. Having less “stuff” can bring a sense of calm to your day-to-day life and make it easier to focus on what really matters to you.

There are certain things that get better with age — fine wine, a well-seasoned cast iron pan, high-quality leather, just to name a few. And now we can add financial well-being to the list of things that improve over time.

The idea of “retirement” has changed a lot in recent decades. Today’s retirees often choose to forgo the golf course and unstructured days in favor of working longer, often in the form of an encore career that fulfills a dream or passion.