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5 Best Cash-Back Cards

Want a great reward card? Now is the time to pick one, says credit expert Erica Sandberg of CreditCards.com. “Card companies really want your business, so they’re finding ways to make their cards as appealing as possible.” These days you can get...

Tax Facts for the Jobless

If you were unemployed in 2012, or if you’re still out of work, make sure you know your tax facts—many Americans don’t. Did you know...    …that unemployment benefits are taxable? If you collected unemployment during 2010, you will get a 1099-G,...

He Has Debt. You Don't. How to Protect Your Marriage

You know that money fights are a leading source of breakups. And these days, many of those clashes are likely to be about debt. So what do you do if your partner has massive law school loans, say, or other outstanding debts—and you don’t?Here's...

Reclaiming “Wealth”

A few times a year, I have the honor of teaching a personal finance seminar at my alma mater, Barnard College, in Manhattan. The class is called “Preparing for Life After College,” and it’s aimed at juniors and seniors. When I walk into the...

Save for Our Future—or the Kids'?

Should Your Retirement Trump Your Kids’ College Fund?My oldest daughter is 10. She just started middle school (and reading young adult novels, and asking if she can wear dangly earrings).The future seems a lot closer than it used to be. Which...

Saving for Higher(-cost) Education

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You read a story about how you should start saving for college the minute your kid is born. You look at your baby, pooping in his onesie, and think, “Dang, I’m already late to the party!” And so you do…nothing....

Longer Loans Cost More. So?

It’s car-buying season, and new data show that a growing number of Americans are choosing longer car loan terms—as long as seven years. Most personal finance advice would steer you away from the longer loan—because in the end you’ll typically pay...

How to Figure Out 401k Fees

Noticed something new in your 401k statements? (Admit it: you're only opening them now, because it's tax season.) You're probably looking at a fee breakdown, the actual cost of your 401k, because plan sponsors are now required to spell out how...

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