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How to Change Your Medicare Advantage Plan...

[Question]If I sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan during open enrollment now and then decide it isn't the best plan for me, can I switch plans before open enrollment next year?[Answer]Once open enrollment is...

What You'll Pay for Medicare in 2018

[Question]How much will I pay for Medicare Part B in 2018? Are some people still protected by the hold-harmless provision?[Answer]The standard premium for Medicare Part B will continue to be $134 per month in...

When to Take Your First Required Minimum...

[Question]I turned 70 this year, and I am wondering if I must take an RMD from my IRA this year or if I can wait until next year.SEE ALSO: Calculate Your RMD [Answer]It depends on whether your birthday falls...

Land a Retail Job for the Holiday Season

[Question]I'd like to get a part-time job during the holiday season and earn some extra money. What is the best way to land a seasonal job--or is it too late to find one?SEE ALSO: 7 Best Retail ETFs for the...

The Big Pension Decision Military Service...

[Question]I've been reading about the new military blended retirement system. When do I need to decide whether to switch to the new system, and how can I figure out which plan is better for me?SEE ALSO: Estate...

How to Qualify for a Health Savings Account...

[Question]I'm choosing my health insurance policy for 2018 during open enrollment now. How high does my policy deductible need to be to qualify for a health savings account in 2018, and how much can I contribute...

A Child-Care Tax Break for Working Parents

[Question]My husband and I will be having our first baby this spring, and we'll be paying for child care after I return to work a few weeks later. Should I sign up for the dependent-care flexible spending account...

Charitable Giving Is a Family Affair

[Question]I'd like to set up a donor-advised fund so my family can contribute to charities as a group. Does one person have to control the fund, or can several family members donate to it and get a tax break for...

10 Things You Need to Know About Health...

Despite all of the attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare this year, the law still stands. If you buy health insurance on your own, you have six weeks starting November 1 to sign up for 2018 coverage on...

Raising Cash to Make Hurricane Damage Repairs

[Question]My house was damaged by Hurricane Harvey. I received an advance payment from my insurer for a few thousand dollars, but I need more money to start making repairs. What is the best way to come up with...

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Earnings Calendar, Week of Dec. 11-15, 2017...

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Pay Less to Get Fit

If your goals for the new year include getting into better shape, you'll find plenty of free and...