Author - Claire Emory, MBA, CFA, CFP®

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Don’t be an April Fool…Plan for Retirement
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Working Women and Our Current Tax Code
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Women: Use Your Clout as a Consumer
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Women Who Blazed Trails in Business and Finance
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Make Your Retirement Dreams a Reality

Don’t be an April Fool…Plan for Retirement

If you have reached adulthood then you are already aware that plans go awry. Your plans for one day can be derailed so it goes without saying that your plans for retirement may not play out the way you think they will. Still, many of us remain a little too optimistic that we’ll be able to retire when and how we want.

In “3 April Fool’s Jokes for Your Retirement Plan,” TheStreet.com observes “There are many disparities between the expectations of a worker aged 50+ and the reality.” Rather than be a April fool, consider how you can …

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Working Women and Our Current Tax Code

A Slate article on the ways in which our current tax code hurts working women points out:

“The biggest roadblock to fixing the system is that most people don’t even know it’s broken—or at least in which particular ways it’s broken.”

You may think of filing taxes as something you must do as an individual but really, our system taxes families as a whole.

While someone might argue that our tax system is fair because it penalizes the second earner in a family (no matter who that person may be), because more often than not, that second earner is a …

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Women: Use Your Clout as a Consumer

Recently, CNN reported, “SnapChat stock loses $800 million after Rihanna responds to offensive ad,” one that she said made light of domestic violence. That startling monetary loss came not because this celebrity stopped patronizing them herself but because she also asked her fans to drop Snapchat as well.

While everyone does not meticulously research the retailers and service providers that get their dollars,  more people are paying attention to the stances the businesses they patronize take on certain issues. You can use your clout as a consumer to express your views on political and social issues, especially if …

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Women Who Blazed Trails in Business and Finance

Madam C.J. Walker

For Women’s History Month, LearnVest published an article about “Female Financial Trailblazers You May Have Never Heard Of” and whether you have already heard about these women or not their stories are inspiring. Even if you know of them, it helps to be reminded of what women can accomplish in business and finance. These women not only stood out for their skill in earning money; they were role models of leadership and left legacies of philanthropy and community service.

Madam C.J. Walker, daughter of former slaves, was orphaned, married, and widowed—all before she …

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Make Your Retirement Dreams a Reality

A Motley Fool article offers the warning “Don’t Retire Unless You Can Answer These 4 Questions”  and the questions they outline are good ones. Many of us dream of the day when we  can retire but a number of us do not actually plan well for the reality. In the best case scenario, we reach retirement and realize that we have not planned well for our financial or emotional wellbeing and then we quickly make adjustments. In the worst cases, we are forced into retirement earlier than we might have imagined and find ourselves at a loss.

Measuring

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