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Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

We don’t have to tell you this if you’ve ever been (or are) in this situation, but living from one paycheck to the next makes peace of mind an elusive goal. Thirty-eight million American households live this way, spending all of each paycheck,...

Get the Most From Your Financial Advisor

“You probably think I’m stupid,” one of my clients said to me.  I paused before I answered. She was in the middle of a divorce and had learned that she was on the hook for more debt than she realized. This client was also unclear on her...

Do You Have an Estate Plan?

Whether you’re single or married, divorced or widowed, a parent or not, you need an estate plan. That’s true for men and women, but women face challenges that make it even more important for them to start planning sooner rather than later. It’s...

Paying Bills: You’re Doing it Wrong

For the first time since 2008, people have changed the order in which they pay bills — but some experts say Americans still don’t quite have their priorities straight. A study released Wednesday by TransUnion found that as of September, Americans...

4 Surprising Ways to Help You Build Wealth

You likely already know the standard advice about building wealth: Live below your means. Max out your retirement accounts. Pay off your debt. But in addition to those tried-and-true methods, there are other, less well-known ways that can help...

Time for a Money Check-In

Most of us know we could make improvements to our finances. But we’re either not sure where to start, or we’re worried about the time and effort that might be required to make the changes. So we tell ourselves we’ll take a closer look at our...

Can Money Really Buy Happiness?

Yes, money can buy us many things, but is happiness one of them? In the broadest sense: yes. But not necessarily in the ways you think. For one, the effect on our happiness depends a lot more on what we do with our money — and how we got it —...

5 Celebrity Money Mistakes We Can All Learn From

As Chris Rock once said, “Rich is some (bleep) you could lose with a crazy summer and a drug habit.” Just because one may be good at making money doesn’t mean he or she necessarily has the savvy to save, invest and grow that money. The financial...

The Worst Money Mistakes You Can Make at Any Age

Everyone makes mistakes with money. We don’t save enough, or we spend too much on something frivolous. We sell shares in a stock too soon or not soon enough. “But there are also financial concerns that are unique to different stages of life,”...

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