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.
1963: The Shirelles were topping the charts. The Fugitive was a hit TV show. John Kennedy was in the White House. Jackie's pillbox hats were the height of fashion. And the minimum wage, when adjusted for inflation, was $8.37, a dollar and 12 cents higher than today's rate of $7.25.
Financial literacy is tough to learn, especially right before the most fun time of your life, but you have to at least learn the basics.
There is no way The Beatles could get back together, and I still can't warm up to Yoko. I suspect I never will. In the business world, the Yoko Ono factor has significant consequences when people cannot make smart choices because of irrational factors.
By the time I was 24, I owed nearly $35,000 on eight credit cards. Staying on top of the payments was like having a second full-time job.
While it's true that getting a good price is a big part of the hunt, the biggest, most important, super-secret strategy to turn the stealth hunter (them) into the prey: stand tough and fight to maximize your dollar throughout the process.
These are people who felt their exceptional natural abilities weren't enough, so they overreached for success. The finance lesson here? Don't overreach for success with your investments.
To build an enduring investment business takes more than brains and toughness. Success starts with values that clients care about most -- starting with trust.
Frugality is mostly about your attitude. Being satisfied with less expensive options, enjoying free and almost free entertainment and keeping as far away from the Joneses as humanly possible.
More and more of our communication takes place online these days. We make our judgments and choices based on information that comes without smiles or shrugs or distant gazes. How do we identify self-assured experts in the digital age?
To get the most out of what your employer offers, start by asking human resources for a benefit plan summary. They usually have a document they can email you or can provide you a company benefits website with personal login information.
Consumers can vote with their dollars when they make purchases. The same principle can be applied to investments. That is what the rapidly-growing space of socially responsible investing is all about.
Some people say that when you pay taxes -- income tax, sales tax, property tax, etc. -- you are giving your money to the government. Many resent this; some even consider it illegitimate. But this is a mistake.
We're all guilty of it. Waiting until the last minute to complete a task the day before it's due or paying off your light bill two weeks after the due date.
If you have kids in school -- K through 12 or college -- you don't need anyone to remind you that back-to-school season has arrived. Between those early-season sales and last-minute shopping, there's plenty of potential for trouble in the realm of personal finance.
It's summertime, and taxes might not be foremost on your mind. However, there are some uncommon tax credits and deductions that can help families save. Did you know the price of summer camp is a potential tax credit?