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What Goes in Your IRA?

A surprising number of people ask me questions like, “Which IRA is better?” or “Which IRA pays more?” An IRA—like a 401k or any other retirement account—is just an empty bucket. They’re all the same, until you put your investments into it. So,...

Return It Already

Yes, it’s time for that annual post-holiday tradition we all dread: Deal with your returns and exchanges, or die trying. According to a DailyWorth study of rumors, guesses and human nature, you probably have the following items already gathering...

Brain Candy For Money Blahs

Winter blahs? Post-holiday financial fatigue? Girl, you need some money fun, k? Take a break from calculator in your brain and cozy up to the second season opener of “You’re Cut Off!”, on VH1 tonight, at 9pm/8pm Central. What? You’ve never...

A Radical Rethinking of How to Invest

Even before the recession, many people felt uneasy about their investment plans. There's a good reason for that. As an investment adviser myself, I can tell you that most financial plans are based on little more than a series of smart, educated...

What the Payroll Tax 'Raise' Really Means

You've probably heard that, starting this month, workers who pay into Social Security will be getting, in effect, a 2% pay increase. Not really. True: some 155 million people will be seeing more cash in their paychecks. Someone earning $50,000...

Unscramble Your Nest Egg in 2011

You want 2011 to be a banner year. And we do, too. Here are two simple but important ways you can maximize your money in the New Year.   Grab that match. At the depth of the recession, many companies eliminated their matching contribution to...

Holiday Hindsight is 20-20

About three weeks ago, as the holiday season kicked into high gear, I vowed to put all my receipts into a folder to better track my spending. And although I didn't want to look at that pile of receipts, never mind add them up, a promise is a...

The Best Last-Minute Gift

You're out of ideas, almost out of money, and there's little chance you can get anything shipped by Christmas Eve now anyway. Before you resort to regifting, there is a smart, affordable surprise you can have ready at the click of a mouse. It's...

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