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Can Credit Cards Help Us Spend Better?

In the midst of the recession, some credit-card companies are trading in the old, carefree “life takes Visa” approach and rewarding more responsible credit use instead. Chase Blueprint is a system that can be activated with certain Chase cards....

It’s Not Just About the U.S. Anymore

Whether you’re an avid day trader or your portfolio is on set-it-and-forget-it, we have some news from the market frontlines. The days of thinking and behaving like a U.S. investor are over. Done. Sayonara. Auf wiedersehen. Why? Three words:...

Know What 'Long-Term' Means for You

As we wrote on Monday, market downturns can be good buying opportunities for long-term investors. But what is a long-term investor these days? Given that the 10-year annualized total return of the S&P 500 is now 1.9% and over five years it’s 0.6%,...

Your Anti-Panic Guide to the U.S. Downgrade & More

What is a “downgrade” exactly? It’s similar to when your credit score takes a hit; lenders question whether you’re going to repay your debts. Similarly, the credit rating of the U.S. was knocked down from AAA to AA+ by Standard & Poor’s, a credit...

Get Regular With Your Investing

If you’re looking at the markets, and your instinct is to run screaming, let’s all remember 2008. I know I am. In December of that dreadful year, my husband and I were shopping at a car dealership. On TV, a huge graphic showed the Dow plummeting...

Making Sense of the Market Drop

This morning I was watching my son, now almost five, finish his first jigsaw puzzle—100 pieces, which taxed his patience never mind his ability to sit still. Trying to make sense of yesterday’s market plunge, a harrowing 513 drop in the Dow,...

“Why Didn’t I Do This Years Ago?”

My name is Julie and I'm the type to tackle just about anything fearlessly. I'm in the military as a Logistics Readiness Officer, I used to be a firefighter, and I’m an avid rock climber. But I’ve never been able to conquer my fear of investing....

When A Curveball Account Isn’t Enough

In the last couple of weeks, my husband and I had two big, unexpected car repairs, an error on our 1040 (translation: we owe the IRS) and—say it ain’t so! but it is!—my husband’s laptop needs a repair. Our curveball fund is wiped out and I had to...

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