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Six Basics to Consider Before Investing with a Robo Advisor

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

You're looking to grow your money, but you're not quite sure how to get started. You've considered hiring a qualified professional to work with you on...

Getting Your Finances Ready for Adoption

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

When you think about it, planning to start a family through adoption is not much different than starting a biological family - it's all joyful. Howeve...

Sharing Money Problems with Kids

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Kids are surprisingly resilient in the face of a crisis. But even so, serious family money troubles can potentially affect their home life, education and outlook on money management down the road.

Keeping Your New Year's Financial Resolutions

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 01.22.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

For many of us, New Year's resolutions often vanish in days - weeks at most. The latest update of a University of Scranton study puts "weight loss" a...

Most Americans Are $1,000 Away From Financial Ruin: Report

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.07.2016 | Business

If your semimonthly paycheck is the only thing keeping your head above water, you're not alone. A new survey published by personal financing site Bank...

The Best Way to Protect Children? Support Education

Up For School | Posted 12.07.2015 | Education
Up For School

Photo: Russell Watkins/UK Department for International Development By Alex K. Monroe, Senior Campaigns Manager, Walk Free Movement Months after ...

Ask Brianna: I Have Extra Cash. Should I Pay Down Student Loans or Build an Emergency Fund?

Brianna McGurran | Posted 10.29.2015 | Money
Brianna McGurran

There are golden rules in the personal finance world, and this is one of them: An emergency fund is absolutely necessary, even if you have a big student loan payment.

How Big Should Emergency Funds Be?

EBONY.com | Posted 10.26.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

For the record, an emergency fund is an account that's earmarked for spending on urgent, unplanned situations only. By the way, a new pair of shoes, a shiny gadget, or your favorite steak dinner at a four-star restaurant is not an emergency.

10 Reasons Why You Might Be Financially Stressed

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 08.19.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

How financially stressed are you? Here are some major indicators of financial stress with suggestions for taking action.

Over 50? Supersize Your Retirement Savings

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 08.03.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Nearly half of households led by individuals or couples aged 55 and older having no retirement savings accounts at all. If this describes your situation, you have a tough problem -- but not an impossible one. The key is getting advice and taking immediate steps to budget, save, spend and invest.

10 Ways to Become Financially Independent

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 08.05.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

People can choose to define financial independence in their own way -- after all, not everyone wants a private jet and a mansion. However reaching real financial independence -- the ability to live comfortably off one's savings and investments with no debt whatsoever -- could be easier than you think.

Your Midyear Financial Checkup

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Business
Jason Alderman

The summer months allow most of us a chance to slow down and catch up -- on relaxation, on chores and with a bit of scheduling and focus, on our money goals.

Credit Cards for Pet Expenses

Kari Luckett | Posted 06.05.2016 | Business
Kari Luckett

Pet ownership has been linked to a healthier lifestyle by easing loneliness, reducing stress, anxiety and depression, and promotes social interaction and exercise.

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

LearnVest | Posted 05.21.2016 | Parents
LearnVest

Both parents and children often don't realize that they need to rein in that spending until it's too late.

A First-Year Money-Management Guide for the New College Grad

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.20.2016 | Money
Jason Alderman

As the nation's full retirement age edges closer to 70, it means a 22-year-old college graduate has nearly 50 years to save and invest. That's why solid money habits built early can make an enormous difference, even for young people who can't afford to put away more than a few dollars a week at the start.

How to Use Plastic as an Emergency Funding Tool

Kari Luckett | Posted 06.17.2015 | Money
Kari Luckett

As a last resort credit cards can work as a substitute for savings, but only if you use them carefully and vigilantly.

Be Ready for a Financial Rainy Day

Credit Karma | Posted 03.29.2015 | Money
Credit Karma

We all know unforeseen things can happen, but not everyone is prepared to pay for these sudden costs. Make things easier on yourself and proactively prepare for surprise financial expenses.

5 Financial Habits You Should Adopt When You're Young

LearnVest | Posted 03.24.2015 | Money
LearnVest

How you handle your money early on in life -- from being a stickler about adhering to a monthly budget to starting to save for retirement as soon as possible -- can lay the groundwork for a strong financial future.

Foolproof Methods for Building an Emergency Fund on Any Income

MyBankTracker | Posted 11.18.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

With your fund, you have room to breathe. You don't have to panic if you have to visit the hospital emergency room, or your car breaks down, or the hot water heater blows.

Slumming It With a Stanford MBA: Paying Off Six-Figure Student Loan Debt

Michael Ruderman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Money
Michael Ruderman

Graduation day itself was a sunny day, but my future didn't look as bright as it did uncertain, if not ominous. I was graduating without a job, with no savings and with six-figure debt.

7 Timeless Money Tips for Graduates

David A. Dedman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Futures that will include their diligent and disciplined use of money. So it makes it critical that I share some personal finance tips with graduates and their families.

7 Reasons You Need An Emergency Fund

LearnVest | Posted 06.17.2014 | Money
LearnVest

Saving up your hard-earned cash to stash away an emergency fund? Well, it can be a hard sell. Spare cash can be hard to come by, and, after all, taking a vacation is a heck of a lot more fun. Or at least a lot of us seem to think so.

7 Ways To Leverage Your Tax Refund Into Something More

David A. Dedman | Posted 05.12.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

The average tax refund is around $3,000. If you are lucky enough to get a refund. That may not sound like a lot, but there are some interesting ways to leverage that return.

10 Money Lies To Stop Telling Yourself By 30

LearnVest | Posted 03.30.2014 | Women
LearnVest

Even though you're all grown up, you might still feel like a freshman when it comes to your money. And that's ok -- except for the fact that this is one very important decade when it comes to reaching your financial goals.

The 4 Resolutions Every Indebted Consumer Should Make in 2014

Odysseas Papadimitriou | Posted 03.15.2014 | Money
Odysseas Papadimitriou

Interestingly enough, however, getting out of debt shouldn't actually top your New Year's self-improvement agenda. That distinction, as you'll see below, instead goes to crafting a well-thought-out budget and building an emergency fund.