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Should I Cash Out My 401(k) to Pay Off Debt?

I'm a 33-year-old woman who's been unemployed for the past six months. So far I've been doing okay living on unemployment, but the money I put into my 401(k) is just sitting there. I'm not sure how much longer I will be unemployed, and in another...

Do Optimists or Pessimists Manage Their Money Better?

When it comes to our ability to make healthy and sound financial choices, mindset matters. If you’re an optimist, you’re likely someone who focuses on growth and advancement. You anticipate the best possible outcomes and — according to some...

6 Spending Strategies That Can Help You Save More

Philadelphia attorney Amy Gordon has a deceptively simple strategy for ensuring she won’t overspend. “If I don’t have dollars in my hand, I don’t buy it,” she says. Her cash-only approach is a very deliberate spending method she adopted five...

CPA, CFP or CFA? How to Find the Right Financial Pro

If you’re not a CPA, CFA, CFP or another of the myriad acronyms used to identify financial professionals, those extra letters after someone’s name can get confusing, quick. But when you’re looking for help with financial matters, it’s important...

Get the Most Bang for Your Budget

For most of us, budgeting ranks at the very bottom of our to-do lists, right below completing our taxes and visiting the dentist. In fact, two-thirds of Americans don’t even prepare a detailed budget at all, says a recent Gallup poll. According...

10 Money Resolutions You Should Make This Year

It’s that time of year. Yes, the week when millions of Americans make their oaths to the fitness gods. Being physically fit is certainly a worthy (if elusive) goal. but many of us have finances that — let’s face it — are a little out of shape...

Ask an Advisor: What’s the Difference Between Fee and No-Fee Advisors?

What's the difference between a financial advisor who is paid for their services versus one who isn't? I'd like to start a relationship with someone who can listen to my goals, take a look at my debts and assess my financial picture (objectively)...

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