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Why Kids Should Chip in for College

When I was in high school, I worked as a waitress, slinging hot cakes and hash at my local IHOP. My plan: to drive off to college in a lightly-used red sports car. Then my father presented me with my college tuition bill. He asked me to pay the...

Pick Trends With Staying Power

How do you invest wisely in trends—without becoming a trend-hopping investor? “It’s tricky,” says LouAnn Lofton, Motley Fool contributor and author of “Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl.” “You can’t get caught up in the hype.” Last year people...

Where to Stash Your Cash

Today’s belly-low interest rates pose a real challenge if you’re trying to sock away some money. Where’s the growth, when the average savings account is paying a measly 0.20%? Good news: We got the inside scoop from top money experts about the...

5 Best Cash-Back Cards

Want a great reward card? Now is the time to pick one, says credit expert Erica Sandberg of CreditCards.com. “Card companies really want your business, so they’re finding ways to make their cards as appealing as possible.” These days you can get...

Tax Facts for the Jobless

If you were unemployed in 2012, or if you’re still out of work, make sure you know your tax facts—many Americans don’t. Did you know...    …that unemployment benefits are taxable? If you collected unemployment during 2010, you will get a 1099-G,...

He Has Debt. You Don't. How to Protect Your Marriage

You know that money fights are a leading source of breakups. And these days, many of those clashes are likely to be about debt. So what do you do if your partner has massive law school loans, say, or other outstanding debts—and you don’t?Here's...

Reclaiming “Wealth”

A few times a year, I have the honor of teaching a personal finance seminar at my alma mater, Barnard College, in Manhattan. The class is called “Preparing for Life After College,” and it’s aimed at juniors and seniors. When I walk into the...

Save for Our Future—or the Kids'?

Should Your Retirement Trump Your Kids’ College Fund?My oldest daughter is 10. She just started middle school (and reading young adult novels, and asking if she can wear dangly earrings).The future seems a lot closer than it used to be. Which...

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