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3 Important Personal Finance Strategies for Your 20s, 30s, and 40s

Your strategies for personal finance will change as you go through life. Here are tips for tackling your 20s, 30s, and 40s.

5 Financial Mistakes Women Should Avoid

Women have unique financial needs from their male counterparts. Find out five common economic mistakes women often make and how to correct them.

How I Stopped Worrying About Money and Learned to Love My Budget

I remember the first time I was introduced to budgeting. It was similar to the first time I met my husband: significant in hindsight but hardly memorable. I was having a conversation with my best friend’s husband. He was a rare person in my life...

Sudden Wealth: 5 Tips to Protect Your Financial Interests

When you find yourself responsible for a large sum of money — sudden wealth — financial planning is crucial for your well-being. Find out how to protect your financial interest.

5 Common Money Myths — Debunked

Yes, debt is a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean paying it off is always the right thing to do. Likewise, saving money and paying with cash are often lauded as good things. Except that's not always true either. Money is complicated, and...

7 Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor

Relationships with financial advisors require trust, of course. If we're taking someone's advice, we're relying on him or her to know more — and better — than we do. But sometimes that faith is based on little more than a warm smile and a nice...

9 Money Experts on Their Biggest Financial Fails

Admitting to failure is not easy. Especially when you’re a well-respected entrepreneur or money expert. But those difficult experiences can bring real moments of clarity. That’s why asking about failure is one of my favorite questions on the...

7 Tips for Financial Spring Cleaning

With spring rapidly approaching, it’s not only a great time to spruce up your home and organize your closets, but it’s also an ideal time to clean up your finances. Here are some ideas from some top consumer finance advisers: 1. Sweep Away Winter...

7 Warning Signs You’re In Financial Trouble

I vividly remember being in my kitchen a couple years ago and having to decide between two bills to pay: our mortgage or day care. My husband has recently gotten laid off for the second time in four years, and in the meantime, we had doubled our...

8 Basic Money Lessons Everyone Should Know

Where should we learn how to handle money? School. But we don’t. Instead, what you know — or don’t know — about finances stems from a number of factors: how you were raised and what you learned from friends, financial advisors, a spouse, random...