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A Visit to Paris Without Leaving Home

As travelers imported botanical specimens from distant lands during the late 19th century, a horticultural craze took root in France. Impressionist artists, many of them avid gardeners, took their easels outside and captured this page of history.

3 Ways the New Tax Law Can Hurt Retirees

To appreciate what’s at stake, you need to think beyond the tax return that’s due April 17. For the next eight years, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could affect several life transitions before and during retirement.

Fed Up with Airbnb Amateurs? How to Find the Pros

Some travelers who’ve been burned on sharing economy websites no longer want to deal directly with homeowners. Instead they are using these platforms to find local property managers. The hope is that they will impose quality control.

How to Make an IRA Last Longer

Proposals to eliminate the “stretch IRA” escaped the recent tax overhaul. Here’s what you need to know to take full advantage of it.