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A Budgeting Solution to Keep You Sane

I’ve always been a yo-yo budgeter. Some months I'd be the DailyWorth poster-child for clarity; in other months I'd fall into a Money Coma, resulting in over-spending. Then, I came up with an ingenious solution: I took the old tactic of multiple...

A Simple Attack Plan for Retirement

When I started working with Julie for the Money Fix, she was great with budgeting and saving—but investing overwhelmed her. So I drew up a simple action plan. Research investment options. Julie has a military service background, which means she...

Niche ETFs Are Sprouting All Over

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) that follows the new “cloud” computing industry (SKYY)? Check!. The lithium sector (LIT)? Yep. What about the future price of corn (CORN)? You got it.Exchange-traded funds—the nimble cousins to index mutual funds—can...

Learning to Save Means Fixing My Spending!

In my Money Fix quest to buy a house by December, I’ve started putting J.D. Roth’s great advice into practice. I currently have one savings account for the house and one for emergencies. I’d like to add two more: one for gifts and vacations and...

Bonds vs. Bond Funds: What's the Diff?

If the recent stock market insanity has you craving more stability and you're considering adding more bonds to your portfolio, first ask yourself: bonds or bond funds? These are two different beasts. An individual bond offers certainty: usually a...

3 Must-Dos to Keep Your Money Safe

Everyone is telling you to “sit tight” regarding your retirement investments. But financial planner Galia Gichon, founder of Down-to-Earth Finance, says there are three things you should do to ease fears and feel more in control of your money:   ...

Wait to Celebrate Fiscal Feats

You know the drill: You get excited about a goal (a real vacation! new fall clothes!) and you plaster your brain with promises to save. Then you lose that kick-butt momentum and your plan falters. Are you a savings slacker? Nope, but you may be...

Lower Cost Funds Tend to Perform Better

When you're deciding where to invest your money, the natural instinct is to go for the best possible mutual funds—the ones ranked 4 or 5 stars by Morningstar. But it turns out you should pay just as much attention—maybe even a bit more—to cost....

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