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Cross these once-in-a-lifetime trips off your bucket list while the dollar is stronger

Cross these once-in-a-lifetime trips off your bucket list while the dollar is stronger

Finance
The dollar is on a tear, and that means one thing: pack your bags. The DXY U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, surged to year-to-date highs through August. That makes it relatively less expensive to travel to even the most far-flung destinations around the world. At the same time, international airfares have also come down slightly making it even easier to stretch your budget on a vacation abroad. So dust off your passport, here are the top trips to consider, according to the travel pros. ...
Don't let these funds undermine your 401(k) savings

Don't let these funds undermine your 401(k) savings

Finance
If you're choosing among the retirement funds on your 401(k) menu, you may have noticed something called a target-date fund on the list. Target-date funds typically consist of a mix of stocks, bonds and other investments that determine their risk based on when you want to retire. The funds are a popular choice among workers. Fifty-nine percent who have access to a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan said they use an automatic allocation strategy to save, according to research released in June by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. In contrast, 43 percent use a do-it-yourself approach. ...
Take these steps now to avoid or mend a family financial feud

Take these steps now to avoid or mend a family financial feud

Finance
Many families worry about their financial plan and whether or not they will run out of money. Some are living paycheck to paycheck and trying to figure out a better way to budget their monthly dollars. Money arguments are one of the leading causes couples ultimately split up. To that point, 22 percent of all divorces are caused by money issues, according to the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysis. So how do you stop those money arguments at home? ...