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You're ready to save for retirement in an IRA. But wait, there are 2 types of IRAs—a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA. Which one should you choose? You may be able to contribute to both types. Here are some things to keep in mind as you decide which is the appropriate choice for you now.

• Taxes are a key consideration in deciding between a Roth IRA and a traditional IRA.

• It may make sense to contribute to both types of IRAs if you are eligible, so you have tax free and taxable options when you withdraw the money in retirement.

Tax season is upon us with tax forms arriving in inboxes and mailboxes. Tackling your 2017 tax return may be a dreaded chore (because of complexity or the prospect of owing additional tax) or a welcome event (because you are due a refund). Either way, getting started early may help make your tax-filing season less stressful and potentially save you some money.

Beginning your tax preparation now may help you avoid surprises, give you more time to gather your documents, reduce your taxable income, and even protect you from identity theft. Here are 7 reasons to get a start on your 2017 tax return now.

Are you falling behind? Ellevest recently talked to 1,000 women about their money—and their lives. Based on the priorities they shared, here are the steps you should target from your 20s to your 60s… and into retirement.

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the Department of Labor overstepped its authority when it wrote a rule that required financial professionals, including brokers and insurance agents, to put their customers’ financial interests ahead of their own. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned a lower court’s ruling in a 2-to-1 decision siding with the plaintiffs, which include several groups representing the financial services industry.

Attention credit card users: Starting in April, you probably won't have to scrawl your name on a scrap of paper or an electronic monitor when you make a purchase. Mastercard, Discover, American Express and Visa have all announced that they are limiting or totally slashing policies requiring you to make your mark. They say it's because of advances in technology that make fraud less likely. The company policies differ slightly. Here is what each is introducing next month:

You’ve stacked your budget against a home’s sticker price and are ready to make an offer. Well done! But before you book the moving truck, know this: The sale price is just one piece of the pie. But when it comes to underestimating other associated costs, first-time homebuyers are particularly vulnerable.
Knowing all the hidden costs of home buying is key to budgeting for those expenses. Here are four expenses you may not have expected.

At least 85% of Americans have encountered an unexpected or hidden fee over the past two years for a service they had used, according to a recent nationally representative CR survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults. And two-thirds of them say they are paying more now in surprise charges than they did five years ago.

Who was looking at pre-purchasing a beverage package for an upcoming cruise and was surprised to see an extra charge added to the cart upon checkout, which he later determined to be an automatic 18% gratuity for unlimited sodas as the self-serve fountain banks...

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