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Explore the Muni-verse

You’ve probably heard of the phrase “tax-free municipal bonds” and wondered what they are, and whether they have a place in your financial plans. If you are tax-sensitive (i.e. looking to keep taxes low), and seeking to preserve assets while...

Can I Lose My 401(k)?

"If I leave my job to freelance or take another job, what should I do with my retirement account? I won't lose the money, will I?" - Jennifer, Brooklyn, NY Before you leave, it’s important to understand the (potentially negative) impact on your...

How My Boyfriend’s Trust Fund Almost Broke Us Up

I used to think that being a trust-funder would be the greatest thing ever. Then I got into a relationship with a man who has a trust fund. I've been trying to free him from it ever since. My significant other (let's call him Brett) is in his...

Plan to Retire Someday? You’ll Want One of These

If “retirement account” translates to you as “no comprendo,” you’re in distinguished company. Celebrated writer E.B. White famously wrote a scathing essay assailing the government for making even basic tax forms impossible to figure out. The...

"How I Paid Off $16,000 in Student Loans"

When Gina Nykerk paid off her student loans, credit card, and car, it was a major Financial Turning Point for her—and and an inspiration for several friends. When I was 23 years old, I paid off all $16,000 of my student loan debt. I can't tell...

Cash In That Old Phone

As you upgrade from cell phone to smartphone to even-smarter phone—what happens to your old equipment? According to a new study, more than half of consumers have at least two unused cell phones in their home that do nothing more than collect dust...

Get That MRI Cheaper

Last year, I had the displeasure of contracting a viral nerve infection. I wouldn’t wish that kind of pain on my worst enemy. (Well, actually, there is this one woman...but that’s another story.) In any case, my doc ordered an MRI of my spine and...

4 Questions for Your 401k

Ok, you’ve got a 401(k) set up. Needless to say, your plan is only as good as what you do with it. Ideally, you’re contributing the maximum your budget will allow (or at least getting the employer match, if there is one). But you should also pick...

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