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Metro Area Residents Are Relatively Well Prepared For Retirement

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Survey findings released Tuesday by Ameriprise Financial show that where people live may influence their readiness to retire.

The survey examined the nation's 30 largest metropolitan areas to determine where consumers are the most prepared and confident to retire. The Washington metro area ranked 23rd overall, among 30 cities and towns. But in terms of preparation for retirement, the metro area came in sixth place.

"We're the sixth-most prepared or at least we feel we're the sixth-most prepared region in the U.S. So that's a pretty good ranking. The reason that we dropped down to 23rd is [that] in terms of confidence, we're the 29th ranking," says Anna Behnam, a financial advisor with Ameriprise.

Behnam also says that 80 percent of those surveyed in the D.C. area are actually saving for retirement.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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