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Finding The Right Financial Advisor -- Where To Start?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 02.09.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Financial advice isn't all or nothing. You're in control and can choose the type and amount you want.

Should I Choose a High- or Low-Deductible Health Insurance Plan?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 02.09.2015 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

Depending on your income, you could qualify for assistance on your monthly premiums or cost-sharing expenses. Make sure you explore these potential discounts before writing off a plan due to cost.

Travel in Style in Retirement

Jacob Gold | Posted 02.09.2015 | Money
Jacob Gold

Traveling during retirement can be one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences of your life. By planning ahead and taking the necessary precautions, you can turn this dream into reality.

Year-End Tax Planning Ideas For Big Savings

Bill Ringham | Posted 02.08.2015 | Money
Bill Ringham

With less than a month left in the year, you can easily get a rough idea of how much you will owe in taxes for the 2014 tax year. If your anticipated tax bill is giving you sticker shock, there are a number of investment moves you can take between now and the end of the year to help reduce your tax liability for the 2014 tax year.

Holiday Shopping in Hard Times

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 02.08.2015 | Business
Kathleen Weldon

The holiday season is in full swing, and for many Americans that means just one thing: shopping. But in a difficult economy, can the public afford its annual spending spree?

How Much Money Is Enough?

David A. Dedman | Posted 02.08.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

I've never heard of anyone at the end of their life as they take their last breath, saying they wish they had saved more money. The most important things in life don't involve money at all, like our relationships with our family and friends, or simple pleasures like taking a walk or reading a book.

How I Paid Off $115K Of Debt

Credit.com | Posted 01.26.2015 | Money
Credit.com

After years of keeping his credit cards locked in a fire safe, Peter got an unpleasant surprise: a collection of statements totaling more than $55,000. Peter alleges his wife had broken into the safe and gone on a shopping spree at high-end department stores. To say the least, he wasn't happy about it, but they remained married for a few years, eventually divorcing in 2012.

5 Reasons a Comfortable Retirement Is More Uncertain Than Ever

Barry N. Koslow, J.D. | Posted 02.04.2015 | Money
Barry N. Koslow, J.D.

For all but the wealthiest, a guarantee to a comfortable retirement does not exist, and changes in the law, business practices and the economy are making it all the more elusive.

3 Signs You Are Secretly Keeping Up With the Joneses

GOBankingRates | Posted 02.03.2015 | Money
GOBankingRates

Keeping up with the Joneses is a phrase we are all familiar with but can't seem to avoid. We tend to look at what others have to determine whether or not they are successful.

If You Have Student Loans, Here's What You Need To Do In December

CommonBond | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
CommonBond

Even simply knowing exactly what you're paying each month can be tough if you're repaying multiple loans with different billing systems, interest rates and complications. Here are three things you can do before December ends in order to save yourself both money and time in 2015.

Great Apps to Help You Get Through the Holidays

Ashley Massis | Posted 02.03.2015 | Women
Ashley Massis

These apps can not only save time, but can help boost productivity, efficiency, and keep you organized. Whether looking for the best travel app, to-do list, or retail store discounts, our list keeps you ahead of the holiday stress.

4 Ways to Save on Electronics This Holiday Season

SALT | Posted 02.03.2015 | Money
SALT

Holiday prep, whether it's buying gifts, trimming the tree, or preparing the feast, requires planning and some serious budgeting. It's typically the most expensive season for Americans, and one category that can quickly derail a budget is consumer electronics.

5 Ways A Holiday Savings Account Can Help Save Your Budget

LearnVest | Posted 02.03.2015 | Money
LearnVest

Sure enough, the season of financial temptations is right around the corner, which means it's prime time to figure out whether your budget is prepped to weather the upcoming spending storm.

Are You Throwing Your Money Away?

Ryan Bailey | Posted 02.03.2015 | Money
Ryan Bailey

The technologies and services you're currently using to manage your money could make the most sense for you right now, but one pivotal moment in your life could change that.

Holiday Spending Worries? Generosity Doesn't Always Come With A High Price Tag

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 02.02.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

So often during the holidays, people worry about over-extending their budgets or they feel bad that they can't afford the type of gifts they'd like to give. But to me, being generous isn't just about money. It's about being thoughtful and willing to share your time and knowledge as well as your good fortune.

Personal And Business Credit Cards: What's The Difference?

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 02.02.2015 | Money
NextAdvisor.com

Depending on the kinds of purchases you make, and how frequently you make them, a business card might be useful to have, even if you don't run one.

10 Ways to Cut Your Holiday Expenses

Jason Alderman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Bottom line: It's called the holiday season, not the spending season. If you enjoy traditional gift-giving, shape your finances throughout the year to make it happen. If you are facing financial problems or simply want to make a change in old spending routines, share that information with loved ones.

5 Millennial Power Saving Tips -– Ways to Live Frugal Part 2

Leeanne Brennan | Posted 02.01.2015 | Money
Leeanne Brennan

Sticking to a budget is as much of a sick mental game as it is a practical life strategy. For Millennials like me who are desperately struggling to climb our way out of debt, we're willing to go the road less traveled.

The Irony of Intelligence

Steven Abernathy and Brian Luster | Posted 01.31.2015 | Fifty
Steven Abernathy and Brian Luster

The smartest, most successful, highly effective people understand how to distinguish and separate that which is critically important (and in their control) from that which ultimately won't make a critical difference -- or, is outside of their circle of competence and control. It's an important distinction.

What Will You Do For Giving Tuesday?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 01.31.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

There's a new date to put on your holiday calendar -- Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Introduced in 2012 as an international day of charitable giving, the idea behind Giving Tuesday is to channel some of the spending energy that flows around Black Friday and Cyber Monday into giving energy.

How To Avoid The Credit Mistakes 20-Somethings Make

Credit.com | Posted 01.26.2015 | Money
Credit.com

Whether you're ready for it or not, your future will come, and when it does (usually quicker than expected), you will likely

5 Tips to Wealth Creation

Kim Harris | Posted 01.26.2015 | Money
Kim Harris

Assuming that wealth was a stranger who decided to knock on your front door, would you let the stranger in? Probably not, most would see a stranger and not the potential good the stranger could possibly bring.

What It Takes To Banish Bad Money Habits

LearnVest | Posted 01.24.2015 | Money
LearnVest

If you've ever experienced a sense of euphoria after paying off your credit card in full or purchasing a piece of furniture that finally completes your living room, you know that our relationship to money isn't just a purely economical one. There's a big psychological component, too.

Unexpected Resource for Personal Finance Tools

Jim Gibson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Money
Jim Gibson

Who would have thought it? Would you believe there is set of financial tools and resources out there just waiting for you to stop by and give them a spin?

The Rich Are Getting Richer; 7 Secrets to Their Success

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.21.2015 | Money
Steve Siebold

In my 30 years of interviewing more than 1,200 of the world's wealthiest people, I've found some major differences in how the wealthy approach money compared to the middle class.