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Home Office? Check. Deduct it? Hmmmm....

Business owners love to find ways to lower their taxes. But the IRS has lots of finicky rules for home office deductions that make it less appealing than it might seem at first glance. But all that is about to change. The IRS has announced a new...

Take Back Your Credit

Have you checked your credit report lately? You should. A recent government study found that some 10 million credit reports likely contain errors serious enough to impact people’s scores. And you know what that means. A lower score—even a little...

A Money Skeptic Weighs In

In her new book, Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry, author Helaine Olen argues that the whole money industry promulgates a myth of empowerment—pushed by shaming, blaming money celebs—that ignores economic...

Talking Net Future Value with Mom

Armed with a B.A. in math and physics back in 1965, my mom had her heart set on motherhood.  Fifteen years later, when she got divorced (I was three), she modeled for me what it took to go from being a woman afraid of finding her way in the...

Why Your Nest Isn't a Nest Egg

The single worst thing the real estate boom did to average Americans was creating a fantasy that you could count on your home equity as part of your retirement plan. But national average home prices have fallen almost 40% since 2008—putting a...

The Female Financial Paradox

This week’s TIME cover feature explores an amazing phenomenon: Women could soon outpace men as the primary household earners.  What they’ve missed is the powerful, but sadder story within this trend: Female breadwinners may be on the rise, but...

Don't Follow the Rules

Time was when retirement seemed almost predictable: 65 was the golden year; you adjusted your portfolio according the classic 100-minus-your-age formulation, and so on. Do any of the old rules still apply in this crazy new economy? While it’s...

Are You Two in Sync About Retirement?

My husband and I have mused about where we’d like to retire for most of our 22-year marriage. Cape Cod so he can spend his time deep-sea fishing? A pied-à-terre in New York, where we lived when we were first married? Or perhaps Napa Valley so we...

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