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Cash In That Old Phone

As you upgrade from cell phone to smartphone to even-smarter phone—what happens to your old equipment? According to a new study, more than half of consumers have at least two unused cell phones in their home that do nothing more than collect dust...

Get That MRI Cheaper

Last year, I had the displeasure of contracting a viral nerve infection. I wouldn’t wish that kind of pain on my worst enemy. (Well, actually, there is this one woman...but that’s another story.) In any case, my doc ordered an MRI of my spine and...

Peek Inside Her Portfolio

“Peek Inside Her Portfolio” looks beyond charts and formulas to explore how real women are (really) planning for retirement. First up, Allison, a 44-year-old mother of two who shared her 401k and Roth IRA accounts with Mary Claire Allvine, a...

Behind on Your Savings? (That Would Be Most of Us)

Let’s say that you’re one of the 86 percent of Americans who say they haven’t saved enough for their retirement.A) You can promise yourself that now, finally, you're ready to get your ducks in order. Buckle down. Get serious. Buy Barrons. Every....

Fun Funds

You’d think it would be a breeze to get yourself to save for vacation or that new entertainment center, right? Yet, as most of us have discovered, perversely, it’s not.You tell yourself you’ll stash a couple of hundred a month. Maybe you even set...

Is Your Debt Ratio Healthy?

How do you know if your debt ratio is healthy?Let’s say you’re making a good salary, but you’ve got a big mortgage and car loan. Is there a point at which you’re tipping the scales and being weighed down with too much debt?One way to gauge is by...

6 Months of Savings—Really?

You’ve been hearing that you need a six-month emergency fund for years. But the advice—while it sounds commonsense enough—just doesn’t work for many people.In fact, most Americans don’t have an emergency fund: a recent survey by the National...

3 Retirement Traps

You max out your 401k have equity in your home, and keep an eye on your portfolio—so why do you still feel uneasy about the future?Maybe because you’ve fallen into one of these three common retirement traps, says Gregory Salsbury, Ph.D., author of...

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