Jill Schlesinger, personal finance columnist of Retire Smart from Tribune Media Services

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Jill on Money

Jill Schlesinger, Certified Financial Planner® and CBS News Senior Business Analyst, draws on her career as an investment advisor to prepare readers for creating future optoins for themselves and their families--and for having fun along the way. Schlesinger also welcomes questions from readers.

Jill on Money Samples

8 year-end tax planning tips

Before you shut down for the holidays, remember that just a few hours spent reviewing your financial life may help boost your bottom line -- and put a dent in your holiday shopping bills! 1. Sell winners in taxable accounts. 2. Sell losers.

5 year-end retirement tips

With just weeks to go before the end of the year, here are five potential money-making/money saving retirement moves to consider. 1. Fully fund employer-sponsored retirement plan contributions. 2. Consider converting Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA.

Charitable scams

During the holiday season, charities step up their year-end appeals to raise money. The first step is to confirm the group's name to determine if it's legitimate.

Financial Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time when we can give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives, like health, loving spouse, a wonderful family and amazing friends.

Low oil offsets rising health care costs

Over the summer, when I wrote about inflation, a number of you sent me emails, which were along the lines of, "What are you talking about? Since then, one of the biggest categories of the inflation calculation has plummeted precipitously.

ACA open enrollment, part deux

On November 15, the second open-enrollment period will begin for individual health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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