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What the 1% Can Teach You About Being the C.E.O. of Your Family

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 10:29 AM

It goes without saying that people in the top echelons of society -- you know, members of the one percent -- have a lot of advantages when it comes to getting ahead in life.

They have all kinds of people helping them grow their money, manage their (many) homes --...

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5 Fancy (and Pricey) Ways Parents Will Pay to Get Their Kids Ahead

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 10:10 AM

There's probably little you won't do to help your kids succeed--short of running the bases for them at a Little League game, or writing their admissions essays.

Who doesn't want to make sure the odds are in their favor when it comes to college and their subsequent careers?

But when you're juggling...

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Comparing the Costs of Having a Baby at 26 Versus 36

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:33 AM

"There's never a good time to have kids -- you just have to go for it."

If you're contemplating starting a family, chances are you've heard this well-intentioned advice by now.

While it's true that little is predictable when it comes to having children, there's no denying it's as much...

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The Nomad Life: 'Why Living Out of a Suitcase for 2 Years Has Been the Best Thing for My Family -- and Finances'

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 11:41 AM

In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.

Today, one woman shares how living a nomadic, downsized life overseas helped grow her family's business -- and recast their approach to money...

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9 Clever Ways to Teach Kids About Money When School's Out for Summer

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 1:00 PM

Ah, summer.

That time of year for making s'mores around a campfire, riding adrenaline-pumping roller coasters and... bonding with the kids over a money talk?

Ok, so maybe that last scenario isn't as traditional as fireworks on the Fourth of July.

But just because school is out of session doesn't...

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Baby Debt Diaries: 3 Cautionary Tales of New Parent Sticker Shock

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 1:25 PM

It goes without saying that having a baby is a life-altering experience.

While most of the changes are overwhelmingly happy -- like when your little one laughs for the first time -- some may be a little tougher to handle.

You transform into a sleep-deprived zombie, spend countless hours changing...

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8 Celebrity Dads Who Are Also Financial Stars

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 12:22 PM

From showing you how to ride a bike sans training wheels, to helping you tackle tricky homework, it's that time of year to thank the fathers in our lives for all the life lessons they've bestowed upon us.

Here at LearnVest, we're shining the spotlight on dads who exemplify one...

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The Big Debate: Should You Go Back to Work After Baby?

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 4:51 PM

To stay at home, or not to stay at home?

That's the weighty question many parents struggle to answer -- and even fight over.

In fact, a recent NerdWallet survey found that it's the number-one source of argument-inducing tension for a third of the 600 moms polled.


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Baby's First... Bank Account?

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 4:11 PM

Baby's first words. Baby's first steps.

Baby's first... bank account?

It might sound funny, but a new study finds that having kids practice real-world money habits -- even as young as 5 years old -- can set them up for a healthy financial future.

That's according...

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Cash Conversation of the Month: Plan Your Big Summer Trip -- as a Family

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 11:29 AM

In our "Cash Conversation of the Month" series, we're highlighting big-picture discussions you should consider having with the key people in your life to help keep your money goals on track.

This month, as the summer getaway season fast approaches, it's prime time to plot out your family vacation. But...

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100 Power Women Who Make the World Go Round

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 12:51 PM

From scaling the corporate ladder to shrinking the wage gap, women have made some impressive strides over the last few decades.

And with Forbes' release of its annual ranking of the 100 most powerful women, there's no better time to recognize the influential women running the...

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How Not to Let Hidden Costs Turn You Into the Bank of Mom and Dad

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 12:25 PM

When Dave Joseph* sent his daughter off to West Virginia University almost four years ago, he gave her a credit card that was meant to be used only for emergencies.

Since her major living costs were covered -- she was living on campus and was on a meal plan --...

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'I've Raised Financially Positive Teens -- and I'm Proud of It

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 10:37 AM

Think back to how long it took you to fully embrace such smart money habits as balancing your budget, saving well and investing for the future.

If you're like most of us, it took a while, right?

The truth is that these all-important financial skills don't always come naturally or...

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What Retirement Really Looks Like When You Put Off Saving

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 7:32 PM

These days, turning 30 doesn't sound quite as grown up as it once did.

And that has a lot to do with the fact that 20-somethings are finding it hard to launch into financial adulthood.

According to a recent Gallup poll, about a third of adults under the...

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How Two Newlyweds Paid Off $52K of Debt in Under Two Years

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 10:01 PM

In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.

Today, one man recounts the moment he realized that he and his wife were drowning in debt, and how digging...

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3 Moves to Build Money Confidence in Your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 10:39 PM

The older you get, the more confident you'll feel about your money, right?

Actually, no. According to new research from LearnVest, it turns out that age doesn't necessarily correlate with financial confidence in the way you might expect.

The study, which surveyed more than 100,000 people, found that there's a U-curve...

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4 Better Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 8:31 PM

Picture this: You wake up one morning and head outside to get the newspaper.

Sitting there on the stoop is a bag with your name on it. You open it and find a wad of cash -- totaling $3,120!

Your mind starts to race as you think about how you'll...

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How to Raise Investment-Savvy Children

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 4:59 PM

You send your kids to school to be book smart. You teach them life lessons so they'll be street smart.

But what's the best way to set them up to be money smart?

Startup investor and lawyer David W. Bianchi had this very question in mind in 2013 when he set...

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Health Care by Decade: A Guide to Protecting Your Health in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 10:23 AM

Just like your 401(k), your health is a long-term investment that you really can't afford to push to the bottom of your priority list.

Yet knowing what steps to take in order to stay healthy isn't always obvious--thanks to all of the conflicting information out there.

Do you need a...

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7 Life Changes That Could Help Your Finances

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 10:24 PM

At first, Brian Carter's move to South Carolina seemed like an extreme measure to take in order to fix his finances.

After all, on the surface, he had a great life. He was living in sunny San Diego, married to his true love, and had a flexible work schedule as...

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