Financial considerations for the holiday season

We’re quickly approaching the holiday season, which means time for family, friends, shopping … and scams. According to the FBI, every year, thousands of people become victims of holiday scams, which can rob you of hard-earned money, personal information and your festive mood. This week on Edelman Financial Engines’ Everyday Wealth™, Jean, Soledad and wealth planner John McCafferty talk about the different scams to be aware of and how to help protect yourself against them. Later in the episode, since it’s near year-end and many people have questions about minimizing potential tax liability, the hosts and wealth planner Isabel Barrow take a call from listener Bernie, who has a question about using a Qualified Charitable Donation to his alma mater. Then, it’s the season for gift giving, and Soledad, Jean and Edelman Financial Engines planner Jason Cowans discuss how your holiday purchases can serve a bigger purpose – specifically, with gifts that support charities or help a loved one with important financial goals.

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