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The Pitfalls of Your Parents’ Finances
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The Pitfalls of Your Parents’ Finances

Have you had the financial independence talk with your parents? (No, I don't mean the one about college costs and student loans, or the one about helping out with your down payment on your first house.) I'm talking about the one where you hope they'll talk about their health and tell you how to manage their ...

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Start a Roth IRA For Your Kid
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Start a Roth IRA For Your Kid

Now that the 2013 tax planning is over, let's talk about 2014. A reader asks: I think you mentioned before that you set up an IRA for your daughter. How did you account for wages and a W-2? Did she work for you or earn income from someone else? I've set up a Roth IRA for our teen for work done around the house, but ...

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How I Cost My Dad Over $2000 in Medicare Benefits
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How I Cost My Dad Over $2000 in Medicare Benefits

It's been a few months since I posted about Dad. He's still happy and healthy in the care facility, and he's a little deeper into mid-stage Alzheimer's. (In his mind, he's consulting on-site about their electrical engineering needs-- just as he did in his career for nearly 30 years. He says he's happy that they ...

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Protecting Your Military Benefits In A Divorce
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Protecting Your Military Benefits In A Divorce

A reader writes: "In my divorce decree I was awarded part of my husband's Reserve "disposable military retirement pay". My portion is 50% of the time for which we were married, and only for the Reserve points that he earned during our marriage. But the problem is not only figuring out how much I'll get in dollars ...

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Divorce And A Military Reserve Pension
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Divorce And A Military Reserve Pension

A reader writes: My husband was commissioned after ROTC in August 1966, placed on an educational deferment, and did not start active duty until February 1968. How many retirement points did he earn over that period and where is a regulation that addresses this? After some more questions, I learned: The time from ...

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