Here's Scott Adams' (Dilbert creator) one-page personal finance guide. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dilberts-9-point-financial-...1. Make a will2. Pay off your credit cards3. Get term life insurance if you have a family to support4. Fund your 401k to the maximum5. Fund your IRA to the maximum6. Buy a house if you want to live in a house and can afford it7. Put six months worth of expenses in a money-market account8. Take whatever money is left over and invest 70% in a stock index fund and 30% in a bond fund through any discount broker and never touch it until retirement.9. If any of this confuses you, or you have something special going on (retirement, college planning, tax issues), hire a fee-based financial planner, not one who charges a percentage of your portfolio.<snip>I'd add a 10th item.10. The cheapest annuity you can "buy" is delaying Social Security to age 70.intercst
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