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Our Family’s Strategies for Saving a Mint on the Back-to-School Season

It’s an annual tradition of sorts for parents all across the country. The summer starts to wind down. They get a letter from the school telling them about their student’s enrollment for the next year and who their teacher is. They start seeing hints of “back to school” at the store and in their mailbox. Show More Summary

Black Coffee: The Greatest Lie Ever Told — and Other Fish Stories

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe … Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance. Okay, off we go … Credits and Debits Credit: I see McDonald’s has stopped selling Big Macs in […]

Is Your Attitude Toward Work Killing Your Retirement Dreams?

Do you have a generally positive or negative impression of the word “retirement”? I ask because it dovetails nicely with a series of questions (inspired by Rick Kahler) that I use to begin most speaking engagements. These questions are designed to incite self-awareness, offering us clues about how our life experiences [...]

Rates Could Be Lower, Lower For Longer, Longer

The current real estate supply in the U.S. is not keeping up with demand. The combination of the 2008 credit crisis and the subsequent liquidity crunch subdued global economic growth, and stringent banking regulations have sharply curtailed and inhibited new real estate development.

Should You Ever Refinance a Car Loan?

More than half of used cars and a full 86.3% of new cars were purchased with a loan in the first quarter of 2016, according to Experian. The average new car buyer borrowed $30,032 for 68 months for their new ride, while the average used car buyer borrowed $20,723 for 66 months. Show More Summary

Get Rid of Your Credit Card Debt Fast With This Method

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Buying in bulk when it’s too much

Buying in bulk is great if you can consume it all, of course.  But what if you can’t? Quantity discounts, used appropriately, are one of the pillars of frugal living.  Why go to the store for one smallish package of toilet paper when...Show More Summary

3 Reasons Your FICO Credit Score, Despite The Abuse, Still Matters A Lot

Shutterstock FICOis a pioneer of credit scoring. Founded in 1956, it introduced the first credit bureau risk score in 1981. Today, "FICO" has become synonymous withcredit scores in the same way that "Kleenex"is synonymous with tissues. However, FICO has been under attack in the last few years. In particular: The three credit [...]

This Week In Credit Card News: More Americans Now Paying Off Card Balances, Cici's Pizza Data Breach

More Americans Are Paying Off Their Credit Cards Every Month Americans have developed better credit card payment habits over the last few years. In 2015, 52% of participants said they always pay their credit cards in full, compared to just 41% in 2009. In addition, only 47% said they carried a [...]

Can You Rollover a 403b into a Traditional IRA? Absolutely!

With most people transitioning through several employers during their career, it is fairly common for them to leave a trail of employer-sponsored retirement accounts behind. While it’s possible to let each of these accounts continue growing on their own, this is rarely the best option for your finances. In fact, you would almost always be […]

Episode 576: When Women Stopped Coding

A lot of computing pioneers were women. For decades, the number of women in computer science was growing. But in 1984, something changed.

Retiring: The Quiet Comeback of Reverse Mortgages

Some retirees are using reverse mortgages, once unpopular after years of lending abuses, to supplement income sources or to finance long-term care.

Is This What Ivanka Trump Has In Mind? GOP Would 'Help' Women By Chipping At Overtime

In describing what her dad would do for working women, Trump mentioned first something that likely came straight out of the GOP playbook.

3 Key Moves For Making Your Money Last As Long As You Do

Photo courtesy of Pexels. Are you afraid of running out of money in retirement? If so, you’re not alone. And it's not just a problem for women who live paycheck-to-paycheck. Over half of people (55percent)with $50,000 to $250,000 in investable assets answer the question with a resounding yes, according to a [...]

Six Major Biotech Acquisitions You Could See in 2016 (Part 2)

Is this the best time in a long time to be buying biotech stocks now that their lagging performance has made them relatively undervalued to other sectors? Todd Hagopian is buying because he believes the biotech industry is ripe for acquisitions as large, cash-flow rich drug companies look for promising new products. Show More Summary

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