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Reap the Rewards of Good Credit

You know that good credit will help you get the best rates on loans (natch)—but what if you’re already stuck with high rates due to a bum credit history?Good news! Improving your credit score can help you refinance or renegotiate for better terms...

Turn Down the Volatility on Your Investments

Looking for an antidote to the queasy feeling you have about the markets? Low-volatility exchange-traded funds (ETFs) could be the tonic you’re looking for. In general, ETFs offer investors a cheaper and (in some ways) easier means of getting...

A Brain-Powered Emergency Fund

Saving is an art, but there’s a science to doing it well. To pack more power into your “It’s an Emergency!” savings effort, try these: Think “one.” If you have a few savings goals, cut back. You save more when you zero in on one goal at a time,...

Get Social with Your Money

You like your friends, you like “The Breakfast Club,” and you like “Glee” (admit it). Maybe it’s time to start liking your bank. On Facebook, that is. While only 25% of financial firms report using social media to connect to customers, an...

Get Rich Without Really Trying

Welcome to part three of RESTART 2012, a painless four-part financial scrub-down that will have you in fighting shape before you can say “FICO.” Read part one and part two. This is not news: the easier you make it for yourself to save money, the...

New Rules Could Save Your Retirement

Is your retirement plan costing you too much? Upcoming federal regulations about 401k fee transparency could change that—and you can help. Keeping expense ratios low is critical for women, who tend to live longer than men and thus need to be...

Before You Bet on High-Yield Bonds, Read This

Greece. Portugal. Spain. Italy. Like their art, food, wine (and men), these sultry, volatile countries’ high-yield bonds may seem enticing right now. A 10-year Italian government bond is currently yielding 6.25%. A Portugese bond? You’re looking...

Skinny Mailbox, Fat Wallet

Welcome to part two of RESTART 2012, a painless four-part financial scrub-down that will have you in fighting shape before you can say “FICO.” You can read part one here. Want to control spending? Get a grip on your mail. Three-quarters of...

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