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  • Saddling yourself with enormous college debt not worth it

    Saddling yourself with enormous college debt not worth it

    The college admissions bribery scandal has raised an important question: Is college even worth it? According to the Social Security Administration, “Men with bachelor’s degrees earn approximately $900,000 more in median lifetime earnings than high school graduates. Women with bachelor’s degrees...

  • Time for financial spring cleaning

    Time for financial spring cleaning

    Tidying-up queen Marie Kondo has taken the world by storm, helping people declutter their lives with a methodical approach. She suggests: “Keep only those things that speak to the heart and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.” As you work through...

  • Don't let reckless spending ruin retirement

    Don't let reckless spending ruin retirement

    Because many of us focus on retirement saving for many years, we sometimes forget how difficult it is to spend the money in a smart and methodical way during retirement. As I write in my new book, “The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money,” “If you indulge yourself too much during those...

  • Buying real estate not always a smart move

    Buying real estate not always a smart move

    Housing touches everyone, and given that real estate and the excess amount of borrowing and lending were the triggers for the financial crisis and the Great Recession, it’s understandable that we are focused on its recovery. It’s also why I devoted a chapter of my new book, “The Dumb Things Smart...

  • A tribute to the father of the index mutual fund

    A tribute to the father of the index mutual fund

    John C. "Jack" Bogle, the founder of the Vanguard Group and the father of the index mutual fund died at age 89 on Jan. 16th. The pioneer's impact on the world of investing and finance was transformative and we are all better off as a result of his innovation. Bogle wrote a thesis at Princeton in...

  • Watch out for tax fraud

    Watch out for tax fraud

    About 800,000 federal employees and contractors have felt the sting of the government shutdown, juggling bills and hoping that cooler heads prevail in Washington. Meanwhile, economists are estimating how the shutdown might affect overall growth. “This shutdown could shave approximately $1.2 billion...

  • A few ways to be smarter with your money this year

    A few ways to be smarter with your money this year

    Every year, millions of Americans resolve to do better with their money, and 2019 will be no different. According to Fidelity Investments’ New Year Financial Resolutions Study, for the 10th consecutive year, the top three financial resolutions among Americans considering one are: Save more (48...

  • Biggest financial lessons of 2018

    Biggest financial lessons of 2018

    The news cycle can teach us important economic and personal finance lessons. Here are my picks for the biggest lessons of 2018. 1. When the government spends, the economy grows: The economic expansion (the second longest in U.S. history) got a big boost from the new tax law and by a surge in government...

  • Wage gap even worse than we had thought

    Wage gap even worse than we had thought

    I know you probably want good news for the holiday season, but women workers — and the guys who root for them — it’s high time to argue for an end-of-year bonus or salary increase, because you are coming up short. According to a report from the Institute for Women’s Policy, the gender wage gap...

  • Prepare yourself for less-robust 2019

    Prepare yourself for less-robust 2019

    Thanksgiving week provided investors with a healthy reminder: When the bear reveals his teeth, the results can be nasty. A bear market is defined as a 20 percent decline from an asset’s 52-week high. In this case, the bear mauled some of the recent market darlings, including the technology sector's...

  • The high cost of being a caregiver

    The high cost of being a caregiver

    I have always had a special place in my heart for caregivers. According to a new study from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, family and friends are assuming more of the responsibility of caring for the nation's growing senior population, often at the expense of their...

  • Strike a balance when paying for kids' college

    Strike a balance when paying for kids' college

    Balance. That’s the word I think about when contemplating how families need to think about education funding. It’s important to strike the right balance between funding a child’s near or long-term future and your own financial independence. When children are toddlers, that might mean whether your...

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