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Weekend Reads: Building an emergency fund, encore careers, and more…

By: Kimberly Lankford

January 18, 2020

An essential guide to building an emergency fund

Emergency funds tend to be boring but important. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s excellent guide explains in detail the why and how to build an emergency fund — and is a great reminder for everyone about the importance of this financial cushion.

College programs for encore careers are bubbling up

Several colleges are starting to offer programs specifically to help people in their 50s or 60s transform their passion into an encore career.

New law expands uses for 529 college savings accounts

New York Times article explains the nuances of the new rules that let you withdraw money tax-free from a 529 plan for certain types of apprenticeships and use $10,000 to pay off student loan debt:

The definitive guide to debunking credit score myths

Detailed 17-point guide on CreditCards.com explaining the rules and myths about credit scores.

5 tax mistakes to avoid in 2020

Clear advice from the Motley Fool about avoiding tax mistakes and making the most of tax-advantaged opportunities this year.

The big pull: Going back to work after retiring

Inspiring stories of people who left their full-time careers and started their dream jobs in retirement.

Opening the spigot

Financial expert Jonathan Clements, founder of the HumbleDollar website, gives advice on shifting from saving to spending in retirement — without being afraid.

How to make plans to provide care for your pet if you can’t.

If you’ve seen heartbreaking stories of pets who end up in a shelter after their owners died, you may wonder what you can do to protect your pet as you get older — especially as you’re working on the rest of your estate planning. This article outlines legal steps you can take to make sure your pet is cared for if you become incapacitated.

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