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This is Exactly How Much Sleep You Need

How much sleep do you get every night? Studies show that most people try to muddle by on less than seven hours, but new research claims to have found the exact amount of time we need. Men need 7.8 hours per night and women need 7.6 hours,...

5 Weird Habits of Happy Employees

Workers will sacrifice promotion and even a pay raise for a nice place to work. Sure, a better salary will turn a frown upside down for most workers, but new research finds it’s only a temporary effect. American workers appear willing to give up...

4 Times It’s OK to Lie to Your Kids About Money

It’s an indisputable truth: Many parents lie to their kids about money. In theory, we know for the most part that’s a no-no, but there are some instances where it’s acceptable to be less-than-truthful to your children about money, experts say....

Get the Best Price on Your Next Car

So, you’re getting ready to buy a new car and you’re wondering where to begin. The good news: You’ll find no shortage of information on the web as to pricing, negotiating strategies and even which dealership to choose. The bad: There is such a...

What's Wrong With Growing Rich Slowly?

For most of us, planning for retirement wasn't a front burner item during our early working years. Consequently, as a financial adviser I often find myself telling people, "It's never too late to start doing the right thing." For young people who...

Why It’s So Difficult to Raise Kids and Save for Retirement

My youngest daughter was born 21 years ago. At the time, I called an economist named Mark Lino from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who told me to expect to spend as much as $300,000 to get her to age 18; toss in college costs, and it was...

Don’t Create a Budget — and 12 Other Financial Tips to Live By

I’m in a crabby mood. Why not spread the joy around? Welcome to today’s deliberately inflammatory column. Here are 13 of my firmly held financial beliefs: 1. You have no clue where stocks and interest rates are headed — and neither does anybody...

The Cost of Raising a Second Kid

It’s a fair bet that Prince William and Kate Middleton aren’t sweating the financials when it comes to having a second child. (Yes, the royal couple is expecting once again.) But as for the rest of us? Well, that’s another story. The government...

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