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Hitting Your Portfolio Eject Button?

Jim Gibson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Money
Jim Gibson

You know what you want from your investments. You know or think you know what you should do with your investments. Yet, are you aware of how the typic...

5 Ways to Stop Your Financial Would-Should-Could Haves

Shannah L. Compton | Posted 07.07.2014 | Money
Shannah L. Compton

You could play this game all day long and never really make any progress towards change. It's really easy to look backwards at mistakes and want to throw yourself in a fiery pit of regret. But who wants to do that?

Receipts -- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them

David A. Dedman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

I think we all can agree there is way too much paper in our lives! We get various statements, confirmations, letters, vouchers and receipt after re...

What Wikipedia Won't Tell You About Personal Savings

Jim Gibson | Posted 06.07.2014 | Money
Jim Gibson

The real power is in your hands. Now its up to you to step up to the plate and do something about your personal savings.

5 Money Lessons You Should Learn Before Your Next Birthday

Posted 04.02.2014 | OWN

Whatever financial problem you're having now -- vanishing savings, growing bills, total overload -- these simple tactics will give you one more reason...

Should You File Your Own Taxes? Or Should You Hire A CPA?

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 04.15.2014 | Money
WiserAdvisor.com

Lots of people honor traditions. Some people eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Some people bake an apple pie on Independence Day. Me? I abide by a longstanding tradition, as well: I yank my hair out every April, when I attempt to file my own taxes.

My Personal Experience On How To Save Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars On College Tuition

Bradford M. Pine | Posted 04.14.2014 | Money
Bradford M. Pine

Our interest in getting the best financial support possible from the best school for Abby helped me discover a way of potentially lowering college tuition by a significant amount. Read on -- it could save you tens of thousands of dollars!

How To Manage Your Budget: Top 10 Tips

Tiffany Aliche | Posted 04.05.2014 | Money
Tiffany Aliche

Online bill pay, smart phone apps, special calculators, email alerts sent to you from your bank; all these things are your friend. Hang out often.

Building Better Balance Sheets In 2014

Terri Friedline, PhD | Posted 03.30.2014 | Money
Terri Friedline, PhD

The news is already filled with advice on how to build better finances or warnings that Americans' balance sheets are tilted too far toward debts and not enough toward savings. Yet following the advice or heeding the warnings is easier said than done without policies that help families and individuals save and build assets.

5 Budgeting Basics for People Who Hate Budgeting

Manilla.com | Posted 03.26.2014 | Money
Manilla.com

Don't be scared -- it's totally fine if you failed econ in college and even better if you're completely Excel illiterate. These five tips will get you started.

5 Ways You Can Start Being Frugal -- Pronto!

Manilla.com | Posted 03.18.2014 | Money
Manilla.com

The truth is, if you were to continue your same spending habits past today, even with a bigger paycheck, you would soon find yourself in the same economic position, despite the fact that you have more money.

10 Out-Of-The-Box Ways To Pad Your Savings Account

Bob Lotich | Posted 03.17.2014 | Money
Bob Lotich

Having a healthy savings account is a great way to start building your financial foundation. It's essential to have an "emergency fund" that you can use when an unexpected bill hits your mailbox or when tragedy strikes.

3 Legitimate Ways To Improve Your Credit Fast

Rob Berger | Posted 03.15.2014 | Money
Rob Berger

Consumers often begin checking their credit report and scores a few months before buying a home or refinancing a mortgage. Realizing that a higher score can save them thousands of dollars, they are then left trying to improve their score fast.

The Top 10 Mistakes 20-Somethings Make Regarding Real Estate

Brandon Turner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Brandon Turner

At this point in life, many 20-somethings are more interested in when the next game of Call of Duty will start than the best way to start building their financial future. However, there are those of us who want more out of life, and understand the immense power of time that we have in building wealth.

5 Ways That Being Internet-Free on a Plane Is Better for Your Security

Adam Levin | Posted 12.22.2013 | Technology
Adam Levin

1. Online shopping: In addition to being a potential money pit, online shopping on a public Internet connection might allow a fellow traveler to invade your cyber space and turn your laptop into a transmitter of personally identifying information.

6 Apps and Services to Give You the Best Bang for Your Buck

Joseph Polverari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Joseph Polverari

Financial technology can save you money. Whether helping you avoid pesky fees, misleading subscriptions, or even just saving you time, a new wave of financial tools are gaining traction because, hey, who doesn't want to save money?

7 Steps to Deal With HR Looking at Your Credit Report

Adam Levin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

If a prospective employer is looking at your credit report, how do you deal with it? What if they see something bad? What to do? First, don't panic. Next, consider these tips.

How to Prevent Financial Snooping

Richard Barrington | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

Edward Snowden made waves internationally with his revelations about the electronic snooping the U.S. government does into personal communications. But government spooks aren't the only people who may be trying to peer over your shoulder digitally.

It's Time for Your Midyear 401(k) Checkup

Catherine Golladay | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business
Catherine Golladay

Quarterly 401(k) statements are out and yours may reflect the double-digit rally in the stock market so far this year. But it's important to remember that past performance doesn't guarantee future results.

Revisiting the Rule of 72: The Power of Compound Interest Over Time

SaveUp | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business
SaveUp

How can you make compound interest work for you? Start contributing today towards your long-term goals, which will happen more than 10 years from now. You can use the Rule of 72 as a quick way to calculate how your money can grow.

5 Ways Student Loans Hurt Middle-Class Kids

Adam Levin | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Adam Levin

Why should middle-class students pay more for loans than is absolutely necessary, all the while padding the government's coffers and enabling state universities to build facilities that the students will only get to use for four years?

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Finances

SaveUp | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
SaveUp

It might seem obvious that improving your finances includes saving for retirement, but it's important to think of your financial plan in a broader way. It's also about putting protections in place.

Tricks of the Trade: Teaching Personal Finance to High School Students

Kathy Focht | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Kathy Focht

Creating a generation of financially savvy consumers is within our capability. Every effort we make will improve our students' financial future and, as a result, the future of our economy.

Forget Frugality. Start Earning More Instead

Ramit Sethi | Posted 05.27.2013 | Business
Ramit Sethi

The classic advice of cutting back on lattes is the best example of personal-finance "experts" run amok. Not only does the advice not work -- most people fail to cut back on their caffeine because it's an important pleasure in their day -- but even if it did work, $3 a day doesn't add up to much!

Visualizing the Financial Fears of Americans, Particularly During Tax Season

VisualNews.com | Posted 05.05.2013 | Small Business
VisualNews.com

With the national savings rate hovering just below 1% and tax season in full swing, this seems like the most unfortunately opportune time to recognize how minuscule the balance of the average American family's checking account is at any one time.