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Elizabeth Warren: "I Always Poked at the Things That Scared Me Most."

Beth Kobliner | Posted 09.30.2016 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

Warren took a break from laying waste to a certain Republican presidential hopeful on social media and fending off rumors that she's on the veep shortlist to chat with me about the personal side of personal finance.

The Worst Things You Can Do With a Credit Card

Robert Harrow | Posted 06.01.2016 | Business
Robert Harrow

Though credit cards can have a net positive effect on your finances, they also leave the door open for trouble. Between hidden fees and their complex rules, if you aren't careful around your little piece of plastic, it can end up costing your dearly.

What Smart Women Know About Managing Money

Kimberly Palmer | Posted 06.01.2016 | Women
Kimberly Palmer

The path to becoming a smart mom starts long before the birth of your first child, and even before the double lines of a pregnancy test appear. Just as prenatal vitamins help us build our reserves of iron and folic acid, certain money habits adopted early make us stronger and better prepared for the financial shock of family life.

What's the Best Way to Invest for Your Grandchildren's College Education?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 05.31.2016 | Business
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Dear Carrie, I have $85,000 to invest for my grandchildren's education. Where would you suggest I invest it? --A Reader Dear Reader, I applaud your...

Marketing a Sleeping Bear

Dean Sioukas | Posted 05.26.2016 | Business
Dean Sioukas

You create something you think will make life easier for everyone. You've tested it in a beta market with success. You make your tweaks to the system and keep growing. You've garnered local press and people see your vision. They agree; you've created something special. Now what?

Graduates: 7 Strategies to Deal With Your Student Debt

Latoya Scott | Posted 05.26.2016 | College
Latoya Scott

I don't want you to dread the moment when you realize you probably borrowed a little too much for school. I want you to prepare for it. Don't be scared and run away from your problems. I can assure you ten years later they'll still be waiting for you to settle up.

Everything You Need to Know About Child Tax Credits | Posted 05.25.2016 | Parents

Depending on your income, you may be eligible for a child tax credit of up to $1,000 per child. Remember that unlike a tax deduction, a tax credit is ...

Are You Earning Less Than You Think At Your Job? Probably!

Pauline Paquin | Posted 05.25.2016 | Business
Pauline Paquin

Remember your first real job, when you stopped earning $7.25 an hour at the neighborhood's fast food chain and started negotiating a yearly salary? I bet you felt like a millionaire. I know I did. My first job out of college paid around $50,000. Almost $1,000 a week, or $25 an hour! That was more money than I had ever made. But after working for a few months, it didn't seem like there was much more money flowing in than before.

Teach Money Skills to Your Middle Schooler This Summer

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 05.25.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Most 12-to-14-year-olds I know are pretty busy over summer break. They're active with sports, their friends and for many, their first odd jobs around ...

5 Initiatives Keeping Public Schools Vital

Posted 05.24.2016 | Business

Like in most U.S. states, the landscape of education continues to evolve in California. As the ecosystem gets crowded with more and more options, from...

I Took Out a Higher Interest Rate Loan and I'm So Glad I Did

Kevin Yu | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Kevin Yu

If you're taking out a loan and expect to pay it back earlier, you might be better off taking out a higher interest rate loan. The origination fees may seem small at first, but you'll end up paying more if you decide to pay it back faster.

SALLTYE - Spend a Lot Less Than You Earn

Pauline Paquin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Pauline Paquin

This post appeared first on The Savvy Scot Personal finance is boring!! From the outset, personal finance is exactly that - boring. A mundane ...

Mindful Spending Part 4: Putting It All Together

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 05.23.2016 | Business
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Dear Readers, If you've been following my columns about mindful spending, you know that this is the last week of the 30-day Financial Cleanse. For th...

3 Summer Scams That Can Ruin Your Plans | Posted 05.20.2016 | Travel

By Michael Osakwe, Summer is here, which means it's time for barbecues, family vacations and weekend outings. But while you're planni...

7 Ways Budgeting Is Like Dating

Richard Barrington | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business
Richard Barrington

Some people may love money, but Shakespeare never wrote a sonnet about budgeting and Da Vinci never painted a portrait of a perfectly balanced ledger....

Joining Your Friend's Wedding Party Without Going Broke

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 05.19.2016 | Weddings
Nathaniel Sillin

On one hand, it's a great honor and will create wonderful memories. On the other hand, you may need to budget some extra money for the unexpected expenses of this commitment.

Can You Really Afford to Buy a House Right Now?

Trulia | Posted 05.18.2016 | HuffPost Home

The scenario: Your landlord keeps hiking up your rent, and you're tired of reworking your budget to accommodate the other areas of your life -- or wor...

Raising Students' Financial IQ

Bob Moritz | Posted 05.16.2016 | Business
Bob Moritz

In America we spend billions of dollars helping our children master reading, writing and arithmetic, and yet we send them out into the world lacking the basic skills to prosper in life: an understanding of economics and personal finance. Consider the facts.

Mindful Spending Part 3: What Are Your Top Three Financial Goals?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 05.16.2016 | Business
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Dear Readers, It's hard to believe we're already in Week 3 of our Financial Cleanse. If you're just hearing about it, the Financial Cleanse is a 30-d...

10 Best CD Accounts of 2016

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.15.2016 | Business

By Cameron Huddleston, Columnist Certificates of deposit (CDs) are appealing for people looking for a low-risk way to invest and save money. They're ...

10 Best Checking Accounts of 2016

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.15.2016 | Business

By Cameron Huddleston, Columnist If all your checking account has done for you lately is charge you fees to store your money, then it's time to move ...

Bank5 Connect Offers Best Checking Account of 2016

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.15.2016 | Black Voices

By Valencia Higuera, Contributor Whether you're opening your first checking account or transitioning to an interest checking account, choosing the b...

I Made My Will By The Time I Turned 30

Pauline Paquin | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Pauline Paquin

This post appeared first on Centsai You know the saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin: "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except de...

3 Actions Retirees Should Take to Improve Their Retirement

Jeff Rose | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Jeff Rose

If you're retired, congratulations! You made it! Now what? Many people don't know what to do with themselves at retirement. Sure, the new-found freedom is exhilarating, but what's there left to do?

Why Every Investor Should Keep a Journal.. and Other Simple Tips to Consider

Jack Choros | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Jack Choros

Despite our humble family life, my mom did teach me a thing or two about money. Specifically that rich people save and secondly, that they invest in the future.