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Pamela Yellen
New York Times bestselling author Pamela Yellen is the founder of, a website dedicated to helping people achieve lifetime financial security and self-reliance. As President of, she's helped hundreds of thousands grow their wealth safely and predictably.

Yellen and Bank On Yourself regularly debunk the many mainstream myths about wealth creation and portfolio safety. Yellen exposes how Wall Street, the real estate market, precious metals and other popular investment promoters consistently feather their own nests at the expense of their clients. Her mission is to provide subscribers and readers the financial information and money insights they need to confidently place their financial fate in their own hands.

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Entries by Pamela Yellen

Eight Steps to Making Great Financial Decisions

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 11:47 AM

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." - Theodore Roosevelt

Are you making good decisions about your finances? Are you making any decisions...

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Is Your Financial Ship Leaking?

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 8:44 AM

Money wisdom from Benjamin Franklin to help plug the holes

As you may remember from your history books, Benjamin Franklin was an amazing figure of 18th century. The brilliant scientist/inventor, prolific author, and renowned statesman is credited with helping define our American values of thrift, hard work, education, and community...

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Teaching Kids to Save When the Culture Says Spend

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 5:25 PM

Parents are more likely to talk to their little ones about having good manners and getting good grades than the importance of saving money, according to results of research recently published in Business News Daily. The same study found that parents generally wait until children are 10 or older...

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Teens Vote Financial Institutions 'Most Unpopular'

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 7:04 PM

How parents can turn cynicism into teachable moments.

It's no surprise. Many adults are wary of banks and credit card companies in the wake of the economic crash and many fear another cataclysm is around the bend. Now a new study shows banks and other financial institutions...

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Borrowing for College -- The Ultimate Parent Trap

(7) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 3:54 PM

Scary headlines are making the rounds, leaving many college students wondering if student loan repayment will, like income taxes or your monthly utility bill, turn into a life-long obligation. Whether or not you believe college student loan debt is the next...

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Will Student Loan Default Cause the Next Recession?

(15) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 11:46 AM

Paying for College Without the Pitfalls

Student loan debt now exceeds total credit card debt in the U.S. and about 10 percent of those loans are delinquent. This has led many in the financial media to wonder if the student loan "bubble" will be the next to...

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Are Finances Taxing Your Relationship?

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 5:30 PM

More Tips for Family Financial Harmony

As April 17 approaches and we all take a closer look at our finances -- some of us for the first time since last year's tax return filing deadline -- now is a great time to plan for your future. For some, that means...

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Five Tips for Relationship Fiscal Harmony

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 6:16 PM

Money is the leading cause of marital and relationship troubles.  40% of married couples have serious, recurring arguments about money, according to Matt Bell, author of Planning for Fewer Fights with Your Spouse.

49% of those battles have to do with what to buy or not buy, 33%...

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The "5 P's" of Successful Goal Setting

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 4:08 PM

If you're one of the millions of people who set financial New Year's resolutions only to lapse a few days, weeks, or months later, now is a perfect time to reboot.

The process of setting and reaching financial goals should be something we practice year-round, not just at the beginning...

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Seven Tips for Keeping Your Financial New Year's Resolutions

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Perhaps this year you'll finally get your financial house in order - roping in spending, slashing debt, maximizing income, and choosing investment and savings plans that actually deliver what they promise.

Whatever you resolve, you must find a way of sticking to your financial resolutions beyond Valentine's Day, past Mother's...

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Five Spending Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 12:56 PM

It seems to happen every year -- no matter what we budget, many of us get caught up in the holiday spirit and end up spending more money than we can really afford to.

Here are five tips to keep your holiday spending in check and your budget intact. Use...

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That Little Bundle of Joy Will Cost You Big Time - Or Will It?

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 1:15 PM

Priceless, maybe. But not without a mega-price tag.

So we're told.

Indeed, each year the government reports and the media duly echo the rising, yea staggering, costs of parenthood.

We are recently informed that a typical middle-income family can expect to spend more than $225,000 to raise a child -...

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More Than Snakes, Blood and Other Halloween Frights, Financial Phobias Haunt Many Americans

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 5:10 PM

Ghouls, Ghosts and Goblins are so yesterday.

If you want to scare the bejesus out of home dwellers this Halloween, trying dressing up as an IRS auditor or a foreclosure process server.

In fact, an exclusive nationwide online survey conducted this month by my company, Bank on Yourself, finds...

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The 2011 "Noble" Prizes for Personal Finance

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 6:09 PM

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is unlikely to attend.

The awards venue will not be the Blue Hall of the City Hall in Stockholm, and the menu will not include Galantine de canard, Turbot aux truffes or Bavarois au chocolat.

The dress code will be less formal, too. While...

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My Personal Emoticon, "Be Smart," Calls Foul on Financial Hacks and Conventional Thinkers

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 12:22 PM

Emoticons dot the Internet universe in the same manner that stars are sprinkled across the night sky. They're everywhere and they come in many shapes, sizes, colors and even languages.


Most emoticons smile, grin or wink from their digital perches....

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Really, Have We No Faith In Our Young People?

(4) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 5:33 PM

They're already labeling them, "The Lost Generation."

Millions of 20-somethings and 30-somethings out-of-work, living back at home, postponing or skipping marriage altogether. Hopeless.

The statistics -- released publicly last week, fresh from the 2010 census -- are undeniable. What is arguable, however, is the spin that many pundits and members...

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How to Avoid Graduating College Summa Cum Debt

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 12:04 PM

I can't imagine anything worse than starting out along your lifelong career path already tens of thousands of dollars in the hole -- if not worse.

Nationally, the statistics of recently minted graduates who already bear the mark of "Default" upon their credit records is staggering.

Of the 3.6...

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Creating Your Own Consumer Credit "Magic" -- Without Any Tricks

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 2:56 PM

Presto chango, I can make your credit card bills disappear forever. Ditto auto dealership interest charges and - in a performance worthy of a curtain call - perhaps even your student and home loan.

This is real consumer credit magic, but without any tricks.

I've done it. A few hundred...

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How Many Pumpkin Lattes Will Warren Buffett Earn for His $5 Billion BofA Investment?

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 3:36 PM

I have two insightful questions for you concerning consumer credit...

1. Will you lend me $1,000 for a year, if I promise to repay you in full and buy you a Grande Pumpkin Spiced Latte at Starbucks for being so considerate?

That's about what an average one-year $1,000 bank CD...

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What's Great for the American Consumer Is Bad for Our Nation's Economy

(5) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 5:44 PM

Three cheers for the American consumer.

While our leaders in Washington pay little more than lip service to the need to reduce our nation's debt addiction, Americans by the millions are working harder than anytime in the past 40 years to live within their means.

Far fewer consumers are carrying...

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