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A 3-D Model Makes Planning Easier

Financial plans are often couched in linear, two-dimensional terms. Contribute X, end up with Y. Blah, blah. That’s a turn-off for most women, studies show. Women like to weave together multiple goals. Solution: You need a 3-D plan, a model you...

Your Future, One Step at a Time

Legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes once said, “Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.” He’s probably right. But some folks have day jobs. And hobbies. And several back episodes of Parenthood to watch. So...

Waking Up From My Investing Coma

Last year, I read Amanda’s posts about recovering from her money coma with a sense of relief. I too was stuck—in an investing coma. During the ten years I worked in a corporate job, money was automatically transferred to investments my dad had...

Take a Volunteer Vacation

Yearning for a getaway, but craving something more compelling than sipping Mai Tais in Maui? A "volunteer vacation" could do you a world of good—while enabling you to do some good in the world. So-called voluntourism is a rapidly-growing segment...

Take Advantage of the Spousal IRA

One of the scary things when you aren't working (besides covering the bills) is the fear of falling behind in your retirement. Enter the spousal IRA. If you're married and filing jointly, this option basically enables your working spouse to...

6 Strategic Moves for the Office Party

At that messy intersection of co-workers, bosses, disco music, soggy appetizers and alcohol, you find: The Holiday Office Party. It can be mildly awkward (did you need to see your boss’s voguing dance moves?), a career wrecker (tequila shots!) or...

Stocks: Better Than a Gift Card?

Your dad loves to roam the electronics section at Costco (COST). Your mom raves about T.J. Maxx (TJX). Rather than buying them gifts from those stores, give a share in the company itself. It’s easy to buy a single stock online. And even if the...

The Temptation of HELOCs

With interest rates around 4%, you may be tempted take out a home equity line of credit (HELOC)—and not just because it’s cheap. Given the dicey real estate market, you may need to make repairs you’d hoped to avoid by selling—or you may want to...

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