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How to Gauge Your Risk Tolerance

I can recall the day vividly.  “This is like the other ones I’ve been on, right?” I asked my dad.   “Sure,” he replied, “You’ll love it!”   I sat next to my father, a hesitant smile on my face, as the man fastened the safety bar over our laps. Our...

5 Common — and Costly — Investing Mistakes

Survey after survey shows that women are less confident about making wise financial decisions despite feeling more financially secure, that we’re more likely to defer to a partner in making important money decisions and that some of us have no...

The Smart Decision That Earned This Woman $130,000

You’ve heard this advice before: “Don’t use your 401(k) as a piggy bank.” But according to Fidelity, the largest administrator of 401(k) plans, 35 percent of all Fidelity 401(k) participants cashed out their balances when leaving their jobs in...

Why FOMO and YOLO Are Keeping You From Getting Rich

You don’t have cash to burn, so you pass up a night out on the town with friends…but feel pangs of remorse when you see a slew of Facebook posts and tweets like: Best. Night. Ever! and Partying like a rock star with my girls tonite! #lovinglife...

Can Balance Transfers Help You Pay Your Credit Card Debt Off Faster?

What’s the worst thing about credit card debt? High interest rates? High balances? Never-ending monthly payments? When I had credit card debt, what concerned me the most was feeling like it would never get paid off. Each month I paid more than the...

Which Should I Do First — Pay Off Debt or Save?

When I was up to my earlobes in debt in my early twenties, I knew I needed to change my money reality. I started reading personal finance books by David Bach, Suze Orman, Robert Kiyosaki and more and was well aware that living below your means and...

5 Times to Talk to a Financial Advisor

People meet with me on a daily basis about money. It is the primary reason I have employment: People need to know what to do with their money. They want to know how to make it work for them, how to save it, how to invest it, even how to spend it....

How One Couple Wiped Out a $125,000 Debt

What do you do when you are faced with a six-figure debt — mostly because of credit cards? No cable television and no eating out, obviously. And that’s just for starters. Two weeks before Christmas of 2004, Kandy Hildebrandt opened a letter...

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...

Should You Consolidate or Refinance your Student Loans?

When it comes to student loans, there’s a lot of confusing — and conflicting — information out there. You want to make smart decisions about your loans, but sometimes the right answers aren’t obvious. For a lot of people, it’s much easier just to...

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