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Blog Entries by Manisha Thakor

What Happy Working Mothers Know

Posted October 14, 2009 | 09:25 PM (EST)


Newly released Census data has once again brought the question of women, work, happiness and the issue of "opting-out" into the limelight. Given my focus on personal finance for women, I wanted to dig into this a little deeper. So I spoke with Cathy Greenberg, who along with Barrett...

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What's Your Money Personality?

Posted October 2, 2009 | 08:09 PM (EST)


If there's one thing we've all learned the hard way over the past two years, it's the degree to which money affects every one of us on a daily basis. I recently had the chance to speak with Dr. Kathleen Gurney, Ph.D., the CEO of Financial Psychology Corporation, author of...

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5 Items Will Consume 50% of Your Income - Are You Prepared?

9 Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 04:01 PM (EST)


In these recessionary times, financial tips are flowing fast and furious about how to save money and stick to a budget. Facing a sea of information many people are asking, "Where do I start?" For most of us, five areas of spending will consume over 50% of the money...

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Forget Mad Men, It's Time for Mad Women

9 Comments | Posted August 14, 2009 | 08:53 PM (EST)


American society is systematically encouraging women to give up financial control.

Now that we have your attention, let us share the evidence...

Exhibit A: The Princess Problem - you are what you get

USA Today Contributor Laura Vanderkam recently wrote a must-read Op-Ed entitled "The Princess Problem." The crux...

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How High is Too High for the Cost of Higher Education?

11 Comments | Posted July 2, 2009 | 05:00 PM (EST)


Once upon a time there was a nice clean line between "bad debt" and "good debt." Bad debt was money you borrowed for expendable items (think: clothes and consumer electronics). Good debt was money you borrowed for assets that would go up in value over time (think: housing and education)....

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Financially Outed -- Supreme Court Style

3 Comments | Posted June 13, 2009 | 01:58 PM (EST)


"It was a shock to me to see that her assets were as small as they were, just given the way that she always was so unstinting with everyone."

So said a former law clerk of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's routine financial statement disclosure....

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The Return of The Real American Dream

1 Comments | Posted April 30, 2009 | 08:00 PM (EST)


In a recent New York Times Op-Ed piece, Paul Krugman, the noted Economist, Nobel Prize Winner & Princeton Professor said, "...these days America is looking like the Bernie Madoff of economies; for many years it was held in respect, even awe, but it turns out to have been a...

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Held Hostage -- By Your House

Posted February 21, 2009 | 03:01 PM (EST)


The Obama administration has put forth an ambitious $75 billion plan to right the sinking ship that is the US housing market. With nearly 1 in 10 American mortgages either delinquent or in foreclosure, such a plan comes none too soon. According to the widely quoted Case-Shiller index...

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What Obama-nomics Means for Your Wallet

Posted January 25, 2009 | 12:06 AM (EST)


That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.... Starting today, we must pick...

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Is Your Debt Naughty or Nice?

Posted December 15, 2008 | 11:45 AM (EST)


A reporter's recent query left us grinning ear-to-ear with holiday cheer: Has the dividing line between "good debt" and "bad debt" changed in today's rocky economy?

The short answer is no. What has shifted - as indicated by the very nature of this question - is people's willingness to...

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Lasting Homeowner Help? Try (Financial) Fishing Lessons

Posted December 5, 2008 | 04:22 PM (EST)


The American Dream has turned into The American Scream.

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, a record 1 in 10 borrowers in the US were either delinquent or in foreclosure at the end of the third quarter of 2008. Given this data point was tallied before the massive wave...

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Stressed About Money? Save, Baby, Save...

Posted November 22, 2008 | 02:50 PM (EST)


Are you stressed about money? If so, you are not alone.

According to a recent American Psychological Association survey a whopping 80% of Americans say the economy is causing them to feel stress, up from 66% back in April. Declining GDP, rising unemployment, the nefarious specter of deflation...

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