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Life and money

What to do after you hit it big!

Ka-ching! Suddenly your bank accounts are flowing with cash. Whether you won the lottery or a dear old aunt caught you by suprise and left you a chunk of change, a surge of unexpected riches is exhilarating. But take a breath and create a financial plan, or the money will disappear as quickly as it arrived.

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Hit the jackpot . . .

Quiz: Would riches be your ruin?, Step-by-step guide for picking up your winnings, Prepare to battle the 'sudden wealth syndrome', Selecting a financial planner

 
Inheritance . . .
The estate is yours, now what?, ABCs of inheritance taxes, What's a trust?
 
Investment tips . . .
Loads, fees and mutual funds: a primer, 10 basic mutual fund terms, Top 10 investing scams, Your assets should have class, Laddering CDs, Don't let brokers "sweep" your profits away
 
Bankrate.com experts say . . .
FAQ -- investing and enjoying your inheritance
 
-- Posted: Aug. 13, 2001
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