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  • Retirement - A CNBC Special Report

    With residential real estate prices still historically low in traditionally alluring retirement spots, baby boomers have been shifting their investment capital from the stock market to a second home.

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    From academics to athletics to the arts, theme-based communities are drawing retirees who want to share more than the beach, bingo and breakfast buffets.

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    After two consecutive months of positive improvement, optimism of America’s wealthiest has dipped due to continued concerns about the economy and the job market.

  • A Tale of Two Markets: Mega Homes Surge Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 10:07 AM ET
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    From $16 million log mansions in Aspen to $90 million Manhattan penthouses, high-end real estate is defying the broader real-estate slump.

  • What is the Break-Even Point on Hybrid Gas Savings? Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | 3:18 PM ET
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    With fuel efficiency rising for competitively-priced gas cars a hybrid is not always the clear winner in energy economic terms. There's an 'ap' to figure the break-even point.

  • What's a Fair Inheritance Tax? Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 8:04 AM ET
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    Congress has changed its mind frequently in recent years about inheritance taxes, and will need to decide again this year.

  • Spreading Your Retirement Wealth Tax Free Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 8:03 AM ET

    For those who retire with enough money to cover all their needs, you want to know how to give away as much as you can to loved ones without anyone paying any taxes.

  • Should Retirees be Taxed? Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 9:50 AM ET
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    Your social security benefits are tax free but other income is not.  Should retirees have to pay taxes on that income?

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Working After Retirement Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 8:19 AM ET
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    Unfortunately, many people decide to retire without really thinking through the decision, and that can have dire circumstances.

  • Does Your 401(k) Plan Have Enough Investment Options? Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:18 PM ET
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    Some company retirement plans have changed with the times, allowing investors to dabble in commodities and real estate. Others have not, hurting diversification.

  • Retiree Money Scams Flourish, Change With the Times Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 11:45 AM ET
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    Some play the grandparent, some claim to cure illnesses that conventional medicine can’t. Others offer ways to make a quick buck to augment your savings.

  • Recession Added Debt, Drained Families' Savings Monday, 14 May 2012 | 12:34 PM ET
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    The economy may be improving but many American families are still weighed down by debt and without a safety net. USA Today reports.

  • Should Age for Social Security Benefits be Raised? Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 7:47 AM ET
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    New age increases have been proposed in the federal government's continuing effort to keep the retirement system on sound economic footing.

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    Military families worry about plenty of things, but their retirement plan usually isn't one of them – until now.

  • Countries With the Highest Income Tax Rates Monday, 7 May 2012 | 10:18 AM ET
    Rising public debt and elections in Europe and the U.S. have once again raised the debate over taxes.Europe’s debt crisis is forcing some countries to raise taxes. Spain, for example, raised its personal tax rate by 2 percentage points to 45 percent last year and France’s Socialist Party is also proposing hiking taxes on the rich.In the U.S., President Obama has proposed the Buffett rule, aimed at ensuring households who earn more than $1 million a year pay more in taxes than middle class famili

    Despite all the debate about the Buffett rule, the U.S. ranked 23rd in terms of the top marginal tax rate in 2011. Find out which 10 countries have the world's highest income tax rates.

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    That little bundle of joy is going to require a wad of cash.  The cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 has surged 25 percent over the last 10 years.

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    Chances are your standard of living will drop after you split, and your might never recover — unless you get remarried.

  • Marriage, Divorce, Money Monday, 7 May 2012 | 9:33 AM ET
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    Marriage and divorce. When it comes to the convergence of emotion and money, those two events not only define our quality of life but also our standard of living. For this and other reasons, we decided to focus our 2012 edition of "Life Changes" on marriage and divorce — and money.

  • As Two-Income Model Matures, Divorce Rate Falls Monday, 7 May 2012 | 9:33 AM ET
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    Not only are people getting better at picking the right partner, couples are also becoming increasingly comfortable with the ebb and flow of incomes in their relationships.

  • Providing for the Kids, Post-Breakup Monday, 7 May 2012 | 9:32 AM ET
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    If you think providing for your children after divorce is basically about diapers, dentistry and diplomas, you're in for a life of surprises.  Consider everything and work them out  to avoid explosive issues down the road.