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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?

T Is For 'Teaching Your Teen' To Manage Money

Ann Zuraw | Posted 07.06.2014 | Money
Ann Zuraw

In order for teens to have full ownership of their financial future, they will need some important money management lessons. Parents have a tremendous influence and can help their teens' financial literacy improve today.

Beating the Millennial Doldrums: How to Start Your Financial Life on the Right Note

Jason Gordo | Posted 07.06.2014 | Money
Jason Gordo

Right now, you've got decades of life ahead of you. Ask yourself, what do you want those decades to look like?

Is There A Tactful Way to Help Your Mom (Or Dad) Financially?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 07.05.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

What trade-offs does she have to make? By looking at her budget with her, perhaps you'll see places where she can make different choices so that she doesn't have to skimp in one area or another.

Trulia: Jobs Report Has Bad News for Millennials, Good News for Hard-Hit Metros

Jed Kolko | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

Overall: a solid report for housing. Job growth in clobbered metros is especially good news for housing demand but the drop in young-adult employment is a red flag.

Reasons Given for Economic Inequality Are Meritless

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Americans agree economic inequality has grown, but don't agree on why. That's according to a new Pew Research article that gives varying reasons. A closer look into what those polled on the issue said reveals these are more excuses rather than reasons.

7 Questions You Need to Ask About the New Qualified Mortgage Rules

Michael Corbett | Posted 07.01.2014 | Money
Michael Corbett

After a tumultuous few years in the housing market, the rules are starting to change -- for the better. Here are seven frequently asked questions about the new 'qualified mortgage' rules and answers about how it affects your mortgage.

Do Identity Theft Protection Services Work?

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

ID theft protection services cannot actually protect you from getting your identity stolen. That's not how they work. They do not take preemptive measures to protect you from having your identity stolen.

It's Time for a Little 401(k) Spring Cleaning

Catherine Golladay | Posted 07.01.2014 | Money
Catherine Golladay

Now's the time when you're likely tidying up the garage, paring down your closet and dusting off the attic shelves. While you're at it, don't forget to clean up one of your most important assets -- your workplace 401(k) plan.

How Does the FICO 8 Bankcard Score Differ From a FICO Credit Score?

MyBankTracker | Posted 07.01.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

The credit-scoring industry has often brought confusion to consumers who have no idea that there are different kinds of credit scores -- many of which...

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...

Social Security Basics -- Five Things To Think About Before You Apply

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 06.30.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Since Social Security plays such a big part in people's lives, you'd think we'd have a better idea about how it all works. But on the contrary, a lot of folks don't fully understand their benefits or, more importantly, how to maximize them.

A Tale of Two Investors

Dan Solin | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Dan Solin

Like many investors, Paul and Mary don't trust Wall Street. They believe the stock market is rigged against small investors. They wish they didn't have to invest at all. However, they have done their homework and understand the impact of inflation on their purchasing power.

6 Ways To Help Spring Clean Your Finances

LearnVest | Posted 06.29.2014 | Money
LearnVest

To save you time, we asked financial advisers around the country for their best advice on how to spring clean your finances. Consider trying these tactics to do a quick spruce-up.

Education and Action –- How Can Americans Work Toward Achieving Financial Freedom?

Dan Greenshields | Posted 06.28.2014 | Money
Dan Greenshields

Capital One ShareBuilder's recent Financial Freedom survey revealed a wide gap between what working Americans think they should be doing when it comes to saving for retirement and what they're actually following through on.

9 Things to Ignore When House Hunting

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.28.2014 | Money
Michael Corbett

Looking for a new home can be a challenge, especially when you walk into someone's for-sale home and 20 years of their lives are on display. You have to really use your imagination to determine how you can that particular home 'yours.'

Do Your Finances Resemble a 'Game of Thrones' Plot?

Richard Barrington | Posted 06.25.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

The stock market stumbled into April with four losses of more than 100 points on the Dow in the first two weeks. There's been enough bloodshed lately ...

10 Money-Saving Things Everyone Should Know How To Do By 30

LearnVest | Posted 06.25.2014 | Money
LearnVest

By the time we embark on our fourth decade, there are a few things we should all know: life skills to help us manage our money, maximize our talent and make the most of where we are.

How to Vet a Real Estate Agent: 10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.25.2014 | Money
Michael Corbett

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home, one of the first things you'll need to have down is your partner in crime: your real estate agent.

Retirement Ahead: Do You Have Enough Exposure To Stocks?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 06.25.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Worry about market volatility keeps a lot of retirees out of the stock market, but I believe it's important not to let that concern override everything else. While it's recommended that people gradually move away from stocks and toward fixed-income investments in retirement, as you can see, it's also important to retain some stock exposure.

Millennials And Retirement Readiness: Reframing The Conversation

Patrick Kennedy | Posted 06.24.2014 | Money
Patrick Kennedy

Famed investor Warren Buffett once said, "The best investment you can make is in yourself." This statement holds great promise in helping to advance the state of retirement readiness for many Americans, especially today's 77 million millennials born between 1980 and 2000 -- most of whom are just embarking on their professional lives.

American Wealth: An IRS Exposé

Manilla.com | Posted 06.24.2014 | Money
Manilla.com

This article was written by Simon Moore, of FutureAdvisor, for bill and account management service Manilla.com. An old game of cat-and-mouse plays ou...

Are Your Financial Goals SMART?

Jason Gordo | Posted 06.24.2014 | Money
Jason Gordo

How do you overcome the "ostrich approach" to retirement planning, and finance in general? By adopting goals that are SMART. "SMART" is an old business school acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

4 Tips For Tidying Your Finances This Spring

Jacob Gold | Posted 04.24.2014 | Money
Jacob Gold

As warmer weather arrives and households tackle spring cleaning to-dos, it is the perfect time to bring a simplified approach to your finances and "clean house."

Still Waiting on Your Tax Refund? Find Out When It'll Arrive

MyBankTracker | Posted 06.24.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

The 2014 tax season may be over, but many Americans are still eagerly anticipating their tax refunds. Knowing that they'll get money back, they probab...