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Behind on Your Savings? (That Would Be Most of Us)

Let’s say that you’re one of the 86 percent of Americans who say they haven’t saved enough for their retirement.A) You can promise yourself that now, finally, you're ready to get your ducks in order. Buckle down. Get serious. Buy Barrons. Every....

Fun Funds

You’d think it would be a breeze to get yourself to save for vacation or that new entertainment center, right? Yet, as most of us have discovered, perversely, it’s not.You tell yourself you’ll stash a couple of hundred a month. Maybe you even set...

What a Super High Score Gets You

You've got a great credit score. Solid 750-something. Is it worth the effort to push it a little higher?Would we waste your time telling you no?“The difference is a much better rate on everything,” says Linda Ferrari, author of The Big Score:...

They've Got Your Back

Do you ever check your balance on your phone and stop to wonder whether it's safe? Who's keeping track of all the financial products, gadgets, apps, and new rules that make financial life seem so fraught these days? Meet the Consumer Financial...

Investments That Make The World Better

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is one way to feel good while doing good, for the world as well as your pocketbook. But trying to define SRI companies isn’t black-and-white. Some investors value how “green” the company is more than diversity...

Is Your Debt Ratio Healthy?

How do you know if your debt ratio is healthy?Let’s say you’re making a good salary, but you’ve got a big mortgage and car loan. Is there a point at which you’re tipping the scales and being weighed down with too much debt?One way to gauge is by...

6 Months of Savings—Really?

You’ve been hearing that you need a six-month emergency fund for years. But the advice—while it sounds commonsense enough—just doesn’t work for many people.In fact, most Americans don’t have an emergency fund: a recent survey by the National...

3 Retirement Traps

You max out your 401k have equity in your home, and keep an eye on your portfolio—so why do you still feel uneasy about the future?Maybe because you’ve fallen into one of these three common retirement traps, says Gregory Salsbury, Ph.D., author of...

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