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Laurie Itkin

The Decision That Helped Make Me a Millionaire

Like any typical child, my mother received an allowance from her father. But unlike a typical child, she received that allowance into her 60’s. He stopped writing her checks only when he died. My mother received financial support from her father...

Does Supporting Women-Led Companies Mean Sacrificing Returns?

Can a compelling argument be made for sacrificing returns in order to support companies that advance women's leadership? We shall soon see with the introduction of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund (PXWEX), launched by Sallie Krawcheck,...

Should We Buy Life Insurance or Save for College?

My husband and I recently met with an insurance salesman that advised us to purchase several types of life insurance — term and another one. I have life insurance from work and can add my husband to the policy. It’s much more affordable but would...

Why I Signed a Prenup (and You Should Too)

I was a teenager when I first heard the term “prenuptial agreement.” I asked my cousin what it meant, and she told me it was something a rich man asks a woman to sign to prevent her from marrying him just for his money. I was so intrigued by this...

Could You Be Owed Money? How to Find Out

A guy at work told me there is a website where I can find money I'm owed that I didn’t even know about. Is this a scam? — Marcy It's hard to believe, but over $40 billion (yes, billion) is sitting in state coffers waiting for you to claim your...

Is Investing in Options Too Risky?

I've heard that options are risky investments. Is that true? How do they work? — Tara, Connecticut  Options have the unfair reputation of being considered riskier than other investment vehicles. For instance, in a book written by a well-respected...

How – and Why – I Saved $1 Million

It was six weeks before my wedding, and I was preparing a spreadsheet that listed all my assets for the prenuptial agreement my fiancé and I had agreed to sign. (It was his second marriage and my first.)  I carefully listed each account: the two...

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