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Rev Up Your Car Care

A badly-maintained car will cost you a little now—and a lot down the road. Lori Johnson, president of Ladies, Start Your Engines!, offers this advice for savvy car care that will save you money: Open the glove compartment. Your owner’s manual...

What Does "Max Out" Mean?

Maxing out your IRA or 401k simply means that you contribute the maximum amount allowed in a given year.  What you really want to know is why maxing out makes a difference, right? Right. Let’s say you contribute $2,500 to an IRA every year, for...

Does College Still Pay Off?

You’ve heard the horror stories: parents shelling out $30,000 only to watch their kid drop out of school, college grads with debt in the six figures and no job prospects. Is college still worth it? The average student now leaves college with...

Will You Get Any Mortgage Help?

You’ve heard the news: thanks to a national mortgage settlement five major banks will pay out $25 billion to help troubled borrowers in 49 states. The question is whether you’ll reap any of those benefits. Use this guide to decide—and plan...

Sow the Seeds of a Start-up

Ever wonder why you didn’t invest in Google (or some other start-up) way back when and cash out? Put simply, you couldn’t. But you can now, thanks to a key feature of the JOBS Act. Investing in start-ups has historically been reserved for “the...

Protecting Your Plan

You’ve consulted with your adviser about your portfolio and estate. Now it’s time to talk about an issue you might not have considered: an integrated insurance plan. “Too many people believe that a financial plan is about saving and investing,”...

Jean Chatzky’s New "Money Rules"

Michael Pollan condensed all the literature about healthy eating into one simple mantra: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”  Jean Chatzky took the simpler-is-better idea, multiplied it by 94, and published “Money Rules,” a bite-sized book...

Planting the Seed

File it under “facts I wish I’d known when I was 30.” You need a little pot of money stored away for when your parents age—especially if you’re a woman. Some two-thirds of caregivers are female relatives, and I’m now one of them, coping (along...

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