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Raising a Future Investor

When I was a teenager, my grandmother gave me a couple shares of Limited Brands. I had worked at The Limited that summer, and while I was focused on my employee discount, she was trying to get me to think bigger. At the time, I was nonplussed....

Should You Borrow Your Own Money?

Does this stat surprise you: Nearly 28% of 401(k) users currently have outstanding loans, according to a recent survey by employee-benefits consultant Aon Hewitt. That’s up from about 22% in 2005.Yes, we get that times are tough and that a 401(k)...

Think Long-Term Care Now, for Later

When I announced that I would use my "Money Day Off," earlier this summer, to tackle my long-term care insurance policy (finally), many of you expressed an interest in LTC. As a former financial advisor—and someone who has seen long-term care...

Earn More in Your Bank Account

I’ve got some cash sitting in a savings account at a big bank. Yes, it’s super accessible and federally insured. But my annual interest rate is a paltry 0.35%. I want more—while still keeping it liquid and safe. If I’m willing to jump through...

Julie's Back, with Some Advice of Her Own

It is hard to believe that just a few weeks ago I was too scared to tackle my own retirement plan—and now I’m starting to manage my own investments, thanks to the advice of my Money Fix expert, Manisha Thakor. I've increased our monthly...

Your Fall Investing To-Do List

Fall is here. Time for apple cider, warm tights—and your fall investing to-do list. Tackling this now gives you time to make necessary adjustments before the holiday chaos arrives. Here are four tips: Review. Do you know what you’re invested in?...

5 Places to Cut Yourself Off

Trying to rein in your spending? Forget vague vows like “tightening your belt” and institute a hardcore No-Spend Zone in just one area. Some ideas: No-Spend Zone 1: When you leave the house. Picking up a prescription? Grabbing pizza—er,...

How High's Your Risk Tolerance?

A lot of lingo gets thrown around when people talk about retirement planning: asset allocation, diversification, passive versus active investing. But there’s an essential investing concept that merits a closer look because it’s often folded into...

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