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How did you choose the bank where you keep your checking and savings accounts? Did you simply open accounts at the branch closest to your home or office? Or default to the major bank most popular among your friends or family?

Financial scams and fraud can certainly impact all age groups. But many people have a perception that older adults, for whatever reason, are more susceptible to scams. Well, it turns out that isn’t true: In fact, Millennials are more likely to fall prey to con artists than seniors, according to the most recent data from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Airplane in flight

One of the best things about retirement is having the time to travel. And studies show that older adults are definitely using that time to see the world: A 2015 AARP report found that Baby Boomers anticipated taking four or five trips in 2016.

A woman works on a computer

Back when you began your career, “going to work” usually meant commuting to an office and toiling behind a desk from 9 to 5. But now, just about everyone has a laptop, a reliable Internet connection, and a mobile phone within arm’s reach at all times.

A photo of a W-9 form covered by a post-it that reads "2018 tax laws"

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, after it passed both houses of Congress. No matter how you feel politically about the new tax laws, you’re probably curious how they will affect your bottom line.

Graphic image showing balance between stocks and bonds.

Conventional wisdom used to be that as people got older, they moved assets out of the stock market into more conservative investments like bonds. But the most recent data from the Federal Reserve shows that today’s retirees aren’t necessarily following that guidance. The Fed’s 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances revealed that many U.S.

Sign with the words "buying" and "leasing."

Are you in the market for a new car and wondering whether you should buy or lease it? Some people have strong opinions on which option is a better deal, but there are definitely pros and cons to both buying and leasing. 

Delivery person with boxes.

Amazon is the third-largest retailer in the world (just behind Wal-Mart and China’s Alibaba). It’s not hard to see why when you explore the dizzying range of items that Amazon sells. From clothing to household goods to electronics, there’s almost nothing you can’t order from Amazon. 

Cutting the cable cord.

You’ve probably considered cancelling your cable television service at one point or another (most likely when you open your monthly bill and see the cost of your package has gone up once again). That’s why many people decide to “cut the cable cord,” opting instead for lower-priced streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.