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6 Lessons March Madness Can Teach on Retirement Investing

Richard Barrington | Posted 05.21.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

Those bracket pool entries are probably the most heavily researched investments most people ever make. Perhaps some of that careful due diligence can be carried over to principles that will help people manage their retirement savings.

Calculate How Long It Will Take To Double Your Money Using 'The Rule of 72'

Bradford M. Pine | Posted 05.20.2014 | Money
Bradford M. Pine

The Rule of 72 is one of those very simple and very useful tools that you can use in many aspects of your financial life. It is most often used to answer the question, "How long will it take to double my money?"

5 Tools To Tackle Finances In Your Twenties

Lauren Bowling | Posted 05.19.2014 | Money
Lauren Bowling

Your twenties are hard enough already: matriculating from college, finding your first "real" job, moving out on your own, learning how to pay bills for the first time and learning how to navigate adult relationships without the structure of college or free flow of alcohol. It is a scary and awkward time, no one disputes that -- but mastering your finances in your twenties will reduce your stress and increase your net worth in the long run.

Manilla Mini: The Smartest Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund | Posted 05.19.2014 | Money

So, you just got your tax refund in the mail. What are you going to do with it? Chances are you'll probably end up spending it on something you don't really need. Why not make your money work harder for you?

How '20-Somethings' Can Get Out of Debt Pronto

Neal Frankle | Posted 05.19.2014 | Money
Neal Frankle

If you are in your 20s and in debt it can seem like a gargantuan task to throw that monkey off your back. Do not despair my young friend. It may seem impossible to clear that debt, but it's actually much easier than you think.

5 Bad Money Habits You Can Fix Right Now

Posted 03.20.2014 | OWN

By Lynn Andriani You probably don't even realize you're practicing these bad spending behaviors -- but here's how to stop (and save). Graciously...

5 Frustrating Debt Traps and How to Avoid Them

Benjamin Feldman | Posted 05.18.2014 | Money
Benjamin Feldman

It's still all too easy to get ensnared in a nasty debt trap that could derail your finances and prevent you from accomplishing your dreams.

Will Your Free Credit Score Soon Be on Your Bills?

MyBankTracker | Posted 05.18.2014 | Money

The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants banks, particularly credit card lenders, to provide consumers with their free cr...

How Vladimir Putin Could Cost You Money

Richard Barrington | Posted 05.14.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

Come election time, they say that Americans traditionally vote pocketbook issues over foreign policy. In today's global economy, though, it is getting harder to distinguish the two.

What Exactly Is 'The Fed' Reserving?

Bob Swarup | Posted 05.13.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

The Fed is both the savior and the bogeyman of tomorrow. Yet amidst all the rhetoric and dogma, there are many questions about how The Fed operates. Here are five things to think about regarding the Federal Reserve.

That Credit Card 'Convenience Fee' May Be Illegal

MyBankTracker | Posted 05.13.2014 | Money

When a small mom-and-pop shop slaps on a small "convenience fee" for an in-store purchase with a credit card, it is likely confusing the term for a surcharge. Under a 2012 ruling, merchants cannot impose a credit card surcharge of more than 4 percent of the transaction.

Avoid Traps, Pursue Opportunities

Costa Michailidis | Posted 05.12.2014 | College
Costa Michailidis

If you do it right, you'll be in nostalgic tears of joy for dreams made real, love found and stories your loved ones will not soon forget.

"What's Your Financial Plan?" Is a Dumb Question

Eric Roberge | Posted 05.12.2014 | Money
Eric Roberge

It's amazing how the word "finances" immediately throws us head-on into our current circumstances. From this standpoint you may not see many options for what to do from a personal financial perspective.

Financial Independence for Everyone: 6 Steps to Leaving Work Behind

Jason Gordo | Posted 05.10.2014 | Money
Jason Gordo

Reaching financial independence requires some effort, sacrifice, and learning on your part. Many people shy away from planning their finances because they lack an understanding of economics and financial markets. I've found that managing finances wisely depends on some basic principles that anyone can understand.

5 Money Questions To Ask Before Your Wedding Day

Chris Easter | Posted 05.10.2014 | Weddings
Chris Easter

Talking about money might not be as fun as discussing the songs your reception band will play or the tropical location in which you'll be honeymoon...

Why the YOLO Generation Has It All Wrong About Money

Kali Hawlk | Posted 05.10.2014 | Money
Kali Hawlk

Yes, you only live once. That is an inescapable truth that applies to us all. What is not true is that you have to "just get by" financially in order to really live. You can really live right this very moment and save for your future.

If You Read One Article About Dropping Credit Cards, Read This One!

Jim Gibson | Posted 05.07.2014 | Money
Jim Gibson

Here goes: closing or canceling a credit card starts a snowball effect that will give your credit score a wallop it may not be able to stand.

Be Happy With Your Bank: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

MyBankTracker | Posted 05.06.2014 | Money

If you're in a banking relationship that you're unhappy with -- of if you're looking to open a new account at an institution -- it's wise to figure ou...

How To Hack Your Health Insurance Decision

PolicyGenius | Posted 05.05.2014 | Money

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there was no easy way to shop for a health insurance plan. But the ACA has standardized health insurance marketing, which makes it easier to compare plans "apples-to-apples." So now you can get right to it in just two steps.

How Much Do You Really Need For Retirement?

Jason Gordo | Posted 05.05.2014 | Money
Jason Gordo

I've seen clients get into financial trouble in spite of making high salaries. Some are doctors, lawyers, or engineers -- educated professionals who earn six-figure incomes. Strangely enough, though, education doesn't necessarily lead to sound financial decisions.

Should I Buy Or Rent My Home? Six Crucial Factors You Should Consider | Posted 05.05.2014 | HuffPost Home

One person's "flexibility" is another person's "lack of stability." And one person's "stuck" is another person's "steady." The way you'll feel about buying vs. renting is very much in the eye of the beholder.

Financial Animals: 8 Pets Who Can Teach Us Money Lessons

LearnVest | Posted 05.04.2014 | Money

Despite their freedom from financial concerns, pets can actually teach us some useful lessons about what to do--and what not to do--with money.

Women, Wealth, and Abundance

Megan K. McAvoy | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Megan K. McAvoy

Ladies, it's time to take charge. It's time to change our mindset from one of limiting beliefs to one of abundance. It's time to move from complacency to action.

Email Scams to Avoid This Tax Season

MyBankTracker | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business

Many of the scams that occur during tax season occur over email. You might even receive an email featuring the IRS name or logo asking for financial data.

How Much Emergency Money You Should Have On Hand, From Suze Orman (VIDEO)

Posted 03.03.2014 | MarloThomas

Personal finance expert Suze Orman had some great advice to share when it comes to how much emergency money you should have on-hand. “I always li...