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  • We all know that weddings can be expensive. In fact, the average wedding cost more than $33,000 in 2017.1 But the happy couples aren’t the only ones feeling the pinch. A recent study showed that the average wedding guest in... Read More The post 5 cost-saving tips for wedding guests. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • A tale of two markets: A surge in the U.S. while international stocks retreat. A strong jobs market and lower-than-expected inflation may have been key drivers behind May’s surge in U.S. stocks. Volatility settled down, too. Stocks overseas dropped thanks... Read More The post Market Summary: May 2018 appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • In this six-minute video, we’ll show you the four main components of a budget, look at some guidelines for an everyday budget, and outline the steps to create and update your own personal plan. The post Video: How to create a budget. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Skittish stock markets finish April mostly up. April was another volatile month in stock markets. By its end, stocks were mostly up slightly, and bonds were down. Domestic economic news remained positive. However, uncertainty about the direction of trade policy... Read More The post Market Summary: April 2018 appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Getting started can be the hardest part of anything new. If you’re beginning a new health regimen or getting started investing, having a plan of action can ease you into the challenge and let you know what steps to take.... Read More The post 8 actions to kick start your investment plan. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Do you behave the same way you did 20 years ago? Are your spending habits the same? What about your saving behavior and income? If the absurdity of those questions made you laugh, you’re like a lot of Americans whose... Read More The post 3 stages of saving and spending in retirement. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Whether or not you’ve always been prudent about saving for retirement, have you started thinking about how you’ll manage your money once you get there? It can be just as important, if not more so. After all, it is impossible... Read More The post Is your retirement income strategy dependable? appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Biggest fear of most retirees? Outliving their retirement nest egg. And with these stats, it’s easy to see why: Just 11% of workers have prepared a formal, written plan for retirement. Twenty-four percent have less than $1,000 in savings. Only... Read More The post 4 questions: Are you at risk of outliving your retirement savings? appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Technology has helped make investing easier than ever, but it can be frustrating when you just want to talk to someone about your money. Our research finds that consumers want more than technology: they want a real, human financial advisor... Read More The post What do 401(k) investors want next? An advisor on their side. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Today’s blog is the first of five blogs featuring videos that focus on how you can prepare for retirement. If you are a Financial Engines customer (find out here), we can help you create your personal plan. If you don’t... Read More The post Watch and find out what you need to know before you retire. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Volatility was strangely absent from equity markets throughout most of 2017. But the first quarter of 2018 provided a healthy reminder that volatility didn’t disappear. Global equity markets saw sudden and sharp drops in late January and early February, only... Read More The post Financial Engines Market Update, Q1 2018: It’s back … appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Trade and tech worries hit stocks. March was a tough month for the markets, with U.S. large-cap stocks in particular taking a hit. Last month was also a stern reminder that market volatility is both normal and unpredictable, as the... Read More The post Market Summary: March 2018 appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • The 401(k) is an excellent tool for getting started with investing and saving for retirement — but is it enough to sustain you throughout your post-working years? If you’re unsure, you might consider adding an individual retirement account (IRA) to... Read More The post Which IRA is better for you: Traditional or Roth? appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • As the tax filing season approaches its end, many worry about being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Historically, less than 1% of Americans will be audited (that figure jumps to 9.5% for those making $1 million or more... Read More The post Avoiding an audit. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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Financial Engines
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  • Have you heard the latest buzzword? It’s “financial wellness” — a conceptual cousin of the health wellness programs that are part of many workplace benefits packages. So what’s it all about? Defining financial wellness. When it comes to physical health,... Read More The post It’s time for a check-up! Take our financial wellness quiz. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Volatility wakes up with a jolt. Market volatility’s long nap ended abruptly in early February with 150% more days recording Standard & Poor’s 500 index movements of more than +/- 1% than in all of 2017. And although we saw... Read More The post Market Summary: February 2018 appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • For a more in-depth read, check out The Intelligent Portfolio by Christopher L. Jones, Financial Engines’ Chief Investment Officer. “History is more or less bunk.”  — Henry Ford (1863-1947) One of the most common mistakes investors make is basing investing decisions on... Read More The post Retirement fundamentals: Why you shouldn’t trust history. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Cen...

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  • Have you ever felt hesitant to ask your investment advisor (or anyone else, for that matter) a question about investing or retirement planning? When it comes to these complicated topics, there are truly no stupid — or overly simple —... Read More The post Top investing questions you may be too embarrassed to ask. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Stocks maintained their stride in January, despite late-month volatility. January saw continued strong performance in the U.S. economy, which helped propel domestic stocks to new record heights. As the month drew to a close, the streak of historically low market... Read More

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  • You’re likely to hear a lot of talk about “tax-efficient investing” — but what exactly does that mean? Tax-efficient investing means using strategies that can help with after-tax wealth accumulation, instead of solely trying to minimize taxes. In other words,... Read More The post Six tips for building a tax-efficient investment strategy. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • 2017 was an excellent year for stock markets and a healthy year for economies around the world. Rarely have global stock markets seen such broad-based positive returns with so little volatility, and the gains continued into the beginning of 2018.... Read More The post Will the new tax bill affect you? appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Taxes can take a big bite out of your total investment returns. So when making your investment decisions, you’ll want to look for ways to help maximize tax benefits in addition to the usual considerations of potential investment risks and... Read More The post What you need to know about tax-advantaged savings accounts. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • While taxes may be unavoidable, understanding how they work can help you minimize them, or at least help you get the most bang for your buck. You’re probably already pretty familiar with sales tax and taxes on your salary, so... Read More The post Taxes and investing: What you need to know. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • If your boss wanted to give you a $1,300 bonus on the spot, you’d take it, right? A surprising number of Americans actually don’t. Many employees are offered that incentive in the form of a 401(k) match and for whatever... Read More The post American employees: Are you leaving money on the table? appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • Summary. 2017 was an eventful year. The global economy grew healthily; the Federal Reserve (Fed) slowly started to increase interest rates; a major tax bill was signed into law; tensions with North Korea escalated; the Brexit negotiations got underway; and... Read More The post 2017 in the markets: Stocks soar while volatility slumbers. appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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  • 2017 was an excellent year for capital markets and economies. Rarely have financial markets seen such broad-based positive returns with so little volatility and downside. Momentum carried into 2018 with President Trump’s signature on a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax-cut package.... Read More The post Will the new tax bill affect you? appeared first on Financial Engines Education Center.

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