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What Is the Alternative Minimum Tax?

What is the alternative minimum tax, and how do I know if I owe it? The alternative minimum tax, or AMT, is an income tax levied by the U.S. government on certain individuals, corporations, estates and trusts and was intended to prevent wealthier...

How Much Can You Negotiate? More Than You'd Think.

Negotiating is a tricky, tricky game. I prefer doing it over email: I ponder my moves, come to a decision and slide the page back across the virtual table. I understand the basics of negotiation, but no matter what I know, getting down to the...

From Bank Fees to Medical Bills – 6 Surprising Things You Can Negotiate

Everything can be had for a price — and more often than you’d think, it’s less than what the price tag says. You probably expect to haggle a bit when purchasing a car or a garage sale item, but did you know it’s possible to keep more of your...

5 Quick Tips to Haggling Your Ideal Mortgage Rate

My friend is currently over the moon because she just managed to snag what in her words is an "optimal interest rate" for her new home. She shared with me a couple of tips, which I thought were extremely helpful. For those of you looking to...

Ask an Advisor: How Much House Can I Afford?

I’m about to start house hunting for my very first home. But before I do, I’m curious: How much house can I afford?  The most dangerous thing you can do when house hunting is to not know how much you can afford ahead of time. This is because your...

What Lifestyle Can You Afford on $50,000?

Median household income in the United States has hovered just over $50,000 for the past few years, according to research from the U.S. Census Bureau. But $50,000 a year may translate into a completely different lifestyle in Oklahoma City than it...

6 Tax Tips For the Divorced

Statistically speaking, about half of marriages in the US end in divorce. This means that it's a reality that many people face. You have to deal with a lot during a divorce, not to mention more complicated paperwork during tax time. Read these...

Peek Inside Her Portfolio: How I’ll Retire by 50

“Peek Inside Her Portfolio” looks beyond charts and formulas to explore how real women are (really) planning for retirement. Erica is a 39-year-old single woman who will be eligible for retirement from her job as a firefighter in 11 years. But...

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