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  • Car Affordability

    How much can you afford to pay for a car?

  • Cash Flow Analysis

    This Cash Flow Analysis form will help you weigh your income vs. your expenses.

  • Credit Card Debt

    How Long Will It Take to Pay my Balance?

  • Disability Income Insurance

    How much Disability Income Insurance do you need?

  • Estate Taxes

    Use this calculator to estimate the federal estate taxes that could be due on your estate after you die.

  • Federal Income Tax

    This calculator can help you estimate your annual federal income tax liability.

  • Home Affordability

    Estimate of the maximum amount of financing you can expect to get when you begin house hunting.

  • Lease Payment

    How much would your monthly lease payment be?

  • Life Expectancy

    Knowing your likely life expectancy is an important factor in making long-term financial plans.

  • Lifetime Earnings

    This calculator is designed to help you attach a dollar figure to your life’s work.

  • Loan Payoff

    How much will it cost to pay off a loan over its lifetime?

  • Mortgage Acceleration

    This calculator can help you determine how soon you can pay off your mortgage.

  • Mortgage Refinancing

    Determine whether you should consider refinancing your mortgage.

  • Net Worth

    A balance sheet summarizes your assets and liabilities and reveals your net worth.

  • Personal Inflation Rate

    Is your personal inflation rate higher or lower than the CPI?

  • Savings Accumulation

    Estimate the future value of your current savings.

  • Savings Goals

    How much do you need to save each year to meet your long-term financial goals?

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  • Additional Liability Coverage

    Consider additional liability insurance to help protect you from the potentially devastating effects of liability lawsuits.

  • Assessing Disability Income Insurance

    Knowing the basics of a disability income insurance policy is a good first step toward protecting your family.

  • Auto Insurance

    Even if your state doesn’t require certain types of auto insurance, it may be wise to purchase multiple types to ensure you are covered for a variety of situations.

  • Avoiding Probate

    The probate process can be lengthy and complex. There are strategies you can use to help avoid the probate process.

  • Biweekly Mortgages

    Biweekly mortgage payments can have a dramatic effect on the amount of interest homeowners have to pay.

  • Cash Management Basics

    A sound cash management program uses a disciplined approach: accounting, analysis, allocation, and adjustment.

  • Charitable Giving

    To retain the tax advantages associated with charitable giving, your gift must be made to a qualified organization.

  • Charitable Lead Trusts

    Charitable lead trusts are designed for people who would like to benefit a charity now rather than later.

  • Charitable Remainder Trusts

    A designated income beneficiary could receive payment of a specified amount from a charitable remainder trust.

  • Doubling Your Money

    Before making investment decisions, it is helpful to determine the real rate of return on the investment.

  • Estate Planning

    Wills and trusts allow you to spell out how you would like your property distributed, but they also go beyond that.

  • History of the Federal Estate Tax

    Careful estate planning is still one of the most important ways to manage and protect your assets for your heirs.

  • HMOs and PPOs

    Selecting health insurance is often one of the most important decisions you will make. Do you know the different types?

  • Home Equity Loans

    Shifting some debt to a home equity loan, which typically allows interest payments to be tax deductible, could have its advantages.

  • Insuring Your Future

    To help you choose insurance wisely, determine how much coverage and what kind of policy is best for your situation.

  • Living Trusts

    A living trust can help control the distribution of your estate upon death.

  • Long-Term Care Costs

    The odds of needing long-term care increase as you age. Prior planning can help protect you from financial ruin.

  • Long-Term-Care Needs

    If you were to suffer an illness or disability that required long-term nursing care, would you be covered?

  • Protecting Your Home

    Since your home is one of your greatest assets, you should make sure it is adequately protected. That's where homeowners insurance enters the picture.

  • Savings Alternatives

    There are a number of savings alternatives that could help you earn a reasonable rate of return.

  • Smart Financing Ideas

    Here are some smart ways to refinance your home.

  • Tax Deductions

    Changes to the tax code have left a few key deductions for itemizers, like medical, dental and some business expenses.

  • Tax Deferral

    There can be a substantial benefit to deferring taxes as long as possible.

  • Types of Health Coverage

    There are three basic types of medical insurance plans: fee-for-service, managed care, and high-deductible health plan.

  • Wealth Replacement Trusts

    A wealth replacement trust could be used to gift appreciated assets to a charity as well as provide for heirs.