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Dow Flirts With 17,000, but Most People Missed the Ride

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a hair’s breadth from crossing the 17,000 mark. But is that really reason to celebrate? The sentiment on Wall Street may be that our long national fiscal nightmare is finally over, but the stock market is just...

My Savings Changed My Life: 7 True Stories

We know you’ve probably heard this mantra drilled into your brain over and over: One of the smartest financial moves you can make is to save money in an emergency fund. But despite all the airplay, many people still aren’t on board. According to...

How Saving $25,000 Ultimately Saved Me

A year ago, I landed my dream job and my husband and I were making plans to buy a house and start a family.  If you’d told me then that I’d be divorced and unemployed within a year, I would have been shocked. But the thing about life is that...

How We Paid Off More Than $100,000 in Student Loans

For 37 million Americans, student loan debt is a financial albatross around their necks. And it’s growing. Debt from student loans has increased by 300 percent over the past eight years to nearly $1 trillion, according to a report from the...

Will Power: 4 Essentials for Planning Your Estate

Before having kids, my idea of a will was based on what I had seen in the movies. There was the dramatic “reading of the will” scene where someone is surprised by a huge inheritance or devastated by being left out. Then there were the movies where...

Is a College Education Worth It? Depends on Who You Ask

Is it worth investing in a college education? A story last month by David Leonhardt in The New York Times said, unequivocally, yes. "The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year, according to new data...

What Would Happen to Your Home If You Got Divorced?

Emotions, finances, lifestyle...so much changes when you go through a divorce. At a time when you are under great stress, you face some of the most difficult decisions of your life — what to do with your house, foremost among them.    If you have...

10 Common Lies We Tell Ourselves About Money

If you’re not saving money, maybe you tell yourself it’s because you just “can’t afford” to set money aside right now. (Not true.) If you’re splurging on items you actually can’t afford, maybe you tell yourself that excessive credit card debt is...

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