Ilana Polyak is a freelance journalist who writes about personal finance and the financial advisory industry.
The cornerstone of any Social Security strategy is figuring out how to time claims to maximize the size of your eventual benefits.
Target-date funds are an improvement on money market funds as retirement vehicles, but investors might do better on their own, say advisors.
Research reveals millennials are wary of stock markets, so financial advisors are trying new ways to court and counsel 20-something clients.
Age-based investing steers investors toward asset allocations optimal for certain ages, but it may be too simplified for most investors.
In goals-based investing, each financial goal is invested independently, with its own time horizon, asset allocation and risk profile.
Many parents 'set and forget' their 529 college savings plans, but financial planners advise keeping an eye on such investments as kids age.
As Americans live longer and amass debt well into retirement, more heirs find themselves having to untangle outstanding credit obligations.
The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, but gay couples still have a host of financial issues, new and old, to consider.
Tech-savvy but asset-poor, millennial investors make ideal clients for the crop of low- or no-fee online automated wealth-management firms.
Self-employed people pondering eventual retirement have lots of savings options—but they'll be planning largely on their own.