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DW's First-Ever Money Day Off: How Are We Spending It?

Every weekend you vow to do your expense report, dispute that weird charge on your bank statement, or deal with some other annoying money chore. But who wants to wrangle with money on the weekend? That’s why we created Money Day Off—a full day, or...

Sexier, Simpler Stock Picking

You've always been curious about picking stocks. But the standard advice is stick with mutual funds. After all, mutual funds give you a lot of diversification for your money. But given what populates most mutual funds (stocks!), it pays to...

A Tool that Works All the Angles

With more than 4,000 personal finance websites out there, it’s tough to know where to turn for solid investing guidance. Enter Kimberly Blanton, a researcher with the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Her recent report sorts...

Fixing Up Your Fixed Income

Despite the comforting sound of “fixed income,” the part of your portfolio that contains bonds can be surprisingly volatile or risky, if you don’t pay attention. Here’s how to run a safety-check on your fixed-income allocation. Get the fixed...

Lessons from Mr. B’s Feminine Side

No one would dispute that billionaire Warren Buffett, often called the Oracle of Omaha, is one of the most successful investors of all time. Yet the essential ingredients of Buffett’s investing philosophy have been overlooked until now, argues...

Why Cash Is Queen

You probably think of cash in your wallet (for spending and bills) as separate from the cash you contribute to your retirement account. But as a woman, you need to think of those day-to-day dollars in investing terms as well, especially when you...

The Maddening Task of Calculating Retirement

Every couple of years I force myself to calculate what my mythical retirement amount might be. And every couple of years, I emerge from this pursuit looking like Wile E. Coyote, after the Road Runner has run him off a cliff.The truth: You need at...

Why You Need a Financial Road Map

At some point you said, “Here’s what I want my life to be.” College. Career. Family. But if you’re like many women, you overlooked your financial road map. The road map for women is different—more quirky and complex—than the one typically found in...

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