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Dan Caplinger

Dan Caplinger is a contract writer for The Motley Fool. In addition to his writing, Dan works as an independent financial consultant and estate-planning attorney. Finding that taking one bar exam wasn't enough punishment, he took three (and passed them all!) and went on to become a CFP (certified financial planner) professional in 2004 before voluntarily relinquished the designation in 2012. Dan focuses on making complex legal and financial concepts easier to understand. His experience in drafting legal documents, administering trusts and estates, and developing personal financial plans all contributes to the content of his articles. Although he generally doesn't pay attention to conspiracy theories, Dan has a healthy skepticism of the mainstream financial industry.

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I go to Europe and what happens?

Laughing as I look at the market for the first time on a two-week trip to France. I run away for my first real vacation in years and this is what you do to me?

I'm loving the food, the daily baguette, the varied regions (from Paris to Mont [more]

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3 Top Small-Cap Dividend Stocks

In looking for portfolio income, it can pay to think small.

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Obamacare: 5 Reasons Its Supporters Are Claiming Victory

The latest report from the CDC shows key areas in which healthcare reform has succeeded in providing more coverage.

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Social Security: Would This Tiny Change Make You Retire Later?

One presidential candidate has a suggestion that could lead to fewer people retiring early. Find out what it is.

Sat Aug 22

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3 Dividend Stocks Retirees Should Avoid

Risk-averse retirement investors need to watch out for these tempting dividend-payers.

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Medicare: What to Do If You Work Past Age 65

If you don't expect to retire at 65, you need to know whether signing up for Medicare makes sense, or whether you should wait.

Thu Aug 20

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How to Inherit a 401(k)

Once a worker dies, there are rules that a beneficiary has to follow. Make sure you know them.

Wed Aug 19

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A 401(k) Self-Directed Brokerage Option Can Be Your Best Friend

Few 401(k) plans have this feature, but it can help you avoid one of the biggest pitfalls of retirement investing.

Tue Aug 18

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Do You Need a Solo 401(k)?

Self-employed individuals can set up their own retirement plans, but should they?

Mon Aug 17

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Social Security at 80: What's Ahead for Your Benefits?

Social Security was started in 1935. What will it be like in 2095?

Sun Aug 16

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Long-Term Capital Gains Tax Rates in 2015

Find out what you'll pay in taxes if you sell an investment you've held for longer than a year.

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401(k) or IRA? How to Decide Where to Save for Retirement

Retirement savers have a lot of choices. Here's how to pick the right savings vehicle for you.

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3 Stocks to Own For the Next Quarter-Century

Buy-and-hold investing has been a huge creator of wealth for decades. These stocks could show you the way.

Sat Aug 15

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Do ETFs Belong in Your 401(k)?

Exchange-traded funds are becoming a more popular investment choice in 401(k) plans, but should you use them?

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If You're in Your 60s, Consider Buying These 5 Stocks

Even those in or approaching retirement should still have some stock exposure.

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Medicare: 10 Essential Facts You Must Know

This key healthcare program for seniors is important but can be complicated. Find out the basics here.

Fri Aug 14

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J.C. Penney Earnings Raise Shareholder Hopes for a Better Future

The discount retailer saw a rise in sales and further declines in net losses.

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Jason Industries Continues to Weaken After a Sluggish Quarter

The conglomerate is still facing big challenges with falling sales and net losses.

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Are 403(b) and 457 Plans the Same as a 401(k)?

It's easy to get lost in the numbers, but most employer retirement plans are similar, with some key differences.

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