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If you have a credit report, the chances are pretty good that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose personal information was exposed by the data breach at Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies in America. As it happens, I found out I may have been one of the victims myself.

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Retirement can be the perfect opportunity to take a look at your bucket list and possibly make some of those wishes come true. Maybe even invent some new ones that you’d never thought of before. It seems like there’s never been a better chance than now, at your retirement, to make it all happen.

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With Hurricane Harvey, we saw a real-world example of how things can change in an instant. One moment everything’s fine, the next, there’s total devastation in some areas. With natural disasters like these, Mother Nature will often have the final word, regardless of how you’re prepared.  But with investing, you may find that the better you’re prepared for market swings, the less of a negative impact there might be.

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Here are some articles that we’ve been reading for the week of June 26, 2017

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The old days, where people needed brokers to access investment offerings and when clients may have had little information and little choice, are pretty much gone. We went from an age of brokers and investments, then through an era of strictly financial planning and asset allocation models, and now we’ve entered an age of collaborative guidance.

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You want your money to out-live you, not the other way around, so how do you plan for the unexpected? It may help to know what you’re up against.

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If there’s one thing that’s ignored all too often at retirement, it’s the impact that taxes will have on your life. Your tax return can change a LOT once you’ve gone from working mode to retirement mode. Here are a few tax issues you need to be aware of.

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IRAs can be wonderful tools for saving for retirement. As it happens, though, many IRAs are not depleted of funds before the account owner passes away, and they wind up in the hands of a beneficiary. If you’ve inherited an IRA, here are four things you should be aware of.

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If you’re a bond holder, a change in interest rates means that the value of those bonds you’re holding could also change. And right now, though interest rates are still at historically low levels, we could be seeing higher rates in the near future. Which scenario makes more sense for you: keeping your bonds, or potentially improve your risk-adjusted performance with some fixed-income alternatives?

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Estate planning is something many of us just don’t like to think about, yet it’s one of the most important things you can do to make sure that your legacy is preserved the way you want it.

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