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What Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Can Teach You (And Me) About Retirement

April Rudin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
April Rudin

There it was, flickering on my Apple Cinema monitor: I was that 1 boomer in 3 with NO real retirement plan. I was totally busted. My head spun, and in the next few minutes, I went through all five stages of the Kübler-Ross grief model.

8 Ongoing Homeowner Expenses and How to Prepare For Them

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.06.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

Things break, things wear out, and unplanned expenditures pop up. It happens. You'll want to keep some emergency money handy for a leaky roof, clogged kitchen sink, or dripping hot water heater.

For The Healthy, Wealthy and Wise, The Future Is Long

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Psychological scientists are very interested in the dynamics of future planning, in part because people are so bad at it. There is circumstantial evidence that people who are financially irresponsible also take poor care of themselves. Is it possible that a single underlying trait is shaping behaviors that promote both health and wealth?

What Financial Steps Should You Take When A Spouse Dies?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 06.04.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

I understand your feelings during this stressful time. There's so much to think about and adjust to, and there are a lot of practical issues that have to be handled. Grief can muddy your thinking, so give yourself some time. And realize that you don't have to do everything yourself.

Do You Spend More On Cable Than You Save For Retirement?

Gina Horkey | Posted 06.03.2014 | Money
Gina Horkey

According to this article from Dave Ramsey's website, "the majority of American workers, 69 percent, have less than $50,000 saved for retirement -- 36 percent have less than $1,000."

Having 'The Talk' With Your College-Bound Student

Mary Johnson | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

Parents may be experiencing a little trepidation and separation anxiety over their child leaving home, but having the "money talk" is a great way to stay connected and still make a positive difference in their lives.

Money for Nothing? Well, Almost...

Jason Gordo | Posted 06.02.2014 | Money
Jason Gordo

Money for nothing doesn't exist, but something does come close: generating money through compound interest. One of the most common ways investors generate compound interest is by investing in a diversified portfolio of ingredients from the financial markets: stocks, bonds, real estate, and commodities.

What To Do When Bank Loans Aren't An Option

Paul Aitken | Posted 05.30.2014 | Money
Paul Aitken

This new financial alternative allows individuals to borrow from $1,000 up to $2 million in just a few hours. The process is safe, fast, respectable, private -- and very dependable.

5 Tips Before Leaving Your Kids an Inheritance

Robert Pagliarini | Posted 05.30.2014 | Money
Robert Pagliarini

What is your view of inherited money? Is it an "initiative sucker" or can it be used to create a better and more fulfilled life?

5 Ways to Seek a Meaningful Paycheck

Kimberly Palmer | Posted 07.29.2014 | Money
Kimberly Palmer

Is it possible to have the best of both worlds -- financial success as well as meaningful work; a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment as well as relaxation and a good night's sleep? Here are five suggestions about how to balance ambition with tranquility.

7 Creative Ways To Pay For College (Without Taking On More Loans!)

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 07.29.2014 | College
WiserAdvisor.com

With a little creativity and some hard work on your part, you can enter your brand-new adult life with way more financial freedom.

Time For Bitcoin to Come Out of the Closet?

Jim Gibson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Jim Gibson

The evidence is beginning to pile up. Evidence for eventual full recognition of Bitcoin as an alternative payment system. Take a look at this list of recent events.

Who Qualifies For Social Security Survivor Benefits?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 07.28.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

The death of a spouse is probably one of the most stressful times in life at any age. Being young, and now solely responsible for your kids, makes it all the more so. There's so much to think about and so many details to handle, that I totally understand your delaying dealing with Social Security. But in spite of the complications, it's worth the effort.

Ten Important Things a Non-Finance Person Should Know About Personal Finance

Quora | Posted 07.27.2014 | Money
Quora

Spend less than your cash flow. Easy enough concept, and it is the number one rule.

What Kind of Financial Monster Are You?

Richard Barrington | Posted 07.27.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

If your financial situation makes you feel you are living in a world that is not your own, here are some of the signs that you might be a financial vampire, werewolf, zombie or alien.

Is Bad Credit A Dating Deal Breaker?

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 07.23.2014 | Money
NextAdvisor.com

Is it okay to date someone with terrible credit? The answer is yes, it is okay -- unless you are planning a future with them. It's not only their actual credit score that may cause problems for you in the future, but their attitude towards their credit and financial health overall.

Some Investors Must Fail

The Motley Fool | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
The Motley Fool

Not probably, or unfortunately, but must. Professional, amateur. Hedge fund manager, day trader, indexer, 401(k) saver. Some of you must fail. It's a necessity of how markets work.

The Five Reasons People Blow Their Money

Don McNay | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Bad habits, bad advisers, lack of knowledge. People who spend more than they make will not suddenly be "cured" when they get a lump sum of money. In fact, whatever problems they had will now be magnified by having more money to get in more trouble with.

Protect Yourself in a Divorce Using a Domestic Asset Protection Trust

Robert Pagliarini | Posted 07.22.2014 | Divorce
Robert Pagliarini

Is there a better way to retain your separate assets in a marriage and after a divorce that doesn't require the prenup conversation? For some people in certain situations, the answer may be yes.

Together, We Can Make A Difference In Financial Literacy

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 07.22.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

No one is going to step in and take care of us. No one else will pay our overdue credit card bills, force us to save for retirement, or keep us from living beyond our means. We've got to do those things for ourselves. But the good news is that every single one of you can be part of the solution.

What a Near-Perfect FICO Score Looks Like and How You Can Get It Too

MyBankTracker | Posted 07.22.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

Does a perfect FICO score exist? No one has even seen one, if it is even possible to attain. But, we found someone who is extremely close to it. Na...

10 Grocery Shopping Tips To Keep Rising Food Costs In Check

LearnVest | Posted 07.21.2014 | Money
LearnVest

Ongoing droughts have bumped up prices for produce and produced a trickle-down effect on meat, since feeding cattle has become costlier. At the same time, a virus has been plaguing pigs across the nation, spiking prices on pork. It's not a pretty picture just as barbecue season goes into full swing. But you can still find ways to grocery shop on a budget, especially if you know where to expect the hikes.

What If You Cannot Afford to Be Hit by the Next Stock Market Crash?

Andrew Wang | Posted 07.21.2014 | Hawaii
Andrew Wang

The great thing about investing is that there is not one right way to do it.

Money Tips for New College Grads

Neale Godfrey | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Neale Godfrey

Welcome to the real world, class of 2014. You're probably swamped with student loan debt, and just entering your chosen career field -- if you're lucky. But, now is the time to secure your financial future by taking charge today.

Workplace Financial Education Opportunities Help Employees Face Financial Challenges

Julie Stich | Posted 07.21.2014 | Money
Julie Stich

Possessing the know-how of smart financial practices, even at a basic level, can help individuals in their everyday lives. If we don't feel financially secure and instead worry constantly that our next pay check won't cover the mortgage, next week's groceries or gas for the car, we're more likely to be frustrated and distracted both at work and at home.