love & money

When a Feminist Dates a Rich Guy...

When you’re used to paying your own way, sharing your life with a man in the 1 percent can be a challenge. For the better part of last year, I dated a man in a much higher socioeconomic class. And though I didn’t expect him to pay my way,...

When He Treats Your Career Like a Hobby

I have a close friend who has a successful, decade-long career in the fashion* industry. Four years into her last relationship, her boyfriend still rolled his eyes in frustration when she didn’t make it home for dinner. Though the man (a...

Why You Shouldn’t Negotiate Your Relationship

You’ve been taught that the ultimate sign of maturity is when two people can sit down and talk about an issue like adults. And it’s critical for many things: a disagreement, a major financial decision, long-term goals with a long-term partner. But...

Does Facebook Break Up Marriages?

Facebook users, beware. You may be one “like” away from divorce court. A growing body of research links increased use of Facebook to marital discord. The latest of these studies, published in the July 2014 issue of the journal “Computers in Human...

Financial Coupling: It’s Not About 50-50

Whether it’s through marriage or cohabitation, there comes a point in most serious relationships where “his and hers” extends beyond the toothbrush holder. We’re talking bank accounts and savings accounts, investment strategies and retirement...

Why Men Should Keep it Zipped

“Hey, beautiful!” The cat call came from a parked car. I didn’t acknowledge it. I was rushing to a client meeting — hair and makeup done, heels on, showing a bit of leg in my summer wrap dress. I was feeling confident and I have to admit, the...

Are You Committing Financial Infidelity?

Several years ago, a friend of mine admitted she had a bank account her husband didn’t know about so that she could spend from her secret stash on the sly. And recently, an acquaintance who owns a luxury jewelry store revealed to me that some of...

Why I Signed a Prenup (and You Should Too)

I was a teenager when I first heard the term “prenuptial agreement.” I asked my cousin what it meant, and she told me it was something a rich man asks a woman to sign to prevent her from marrying him just for his money. I was so intrigued by this...

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