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Financial Literacy
Overview 2007
Archive of personal finance articles
As part of its Financial Literacy series, Bankrate's articles explore retirement, mortgages, credit cards and more.
Overview archives

Overview of Financial Literacy

12/17/2007 - Figuring your effective tax rate
The U.S. tax system is progressive, with six income tax brackets ranging from 10 percent to 35 percent. Where do you fit in?

12/17/2007 - Legitimate ways to reduce your tax bill
Most taxpayers take the standard deduction, but it may pay off to itemize. Here's what the IRS will let you write off.

12/17/2007 - 10 common tax-filing mistakes
The IRS and tax pros say they see these same errors every filing season. Avoid these common blunders.

11/19/2007 - What to know about wills
Think about it: A will reflects your will about how to distribute your assets. Don't let the state impose its will.

11/19/2007 - Estate planning components
Estate planning applies to people from all walks of life, even to the castaways on Gilligan's Island.

11/19/2007 - Trusts can save time, money and privacy
You can call the shots long after you're dead and gone if you set up a trust while you're still around.

11/19/2007 - Trusts for every purpose
Most importantly, trusts ensure that the right people end up with your loot.

10/22/2007 - Use investments to reach your goals
Determine your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon, and stay in touch with your dreams.

10/22/2007 - Building blocks for successful investing
Investing is not an art, and it's not rocket science either. These basics will help you develop a successful strategy.

10/22/2007 - How to build a sound portfolio
Your asset allocation strategy can help you meet your goals as they change through the years.

9/17/2007 - How to pay for college: the savings route
What's the best way to save? This highlights the pros and cons of 529 plans, Coverdells, custodial accounts and bonds.

9/17/2007 - How to pay for college: the loan route
If you have to borrow for college, a loan from the federal government is the least-expensive way to go.


 
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