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Downton Abbey, Women and $

Submitted by Claire Emory on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 3:00pm

Women’s financial independence has come very far since the old days. Yet when it comes to managing money, women still lag far behind men. The silver lining is they know what they don’t know and when to seek help.

Delay Retiring? $$ Questions

Submitted by Sterling Raskie on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:00pm

If you’re fortunate enough to look forward to a company or state pension, retiring as soon as possible and collecting the benefit may tempt you, or you might want to collect Social Security benefits at the minimum age of 62. Before launching your golden years, consider all effects on delaying retirement and continuing to work.

Ending a Bad Money Cycle

Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 3:00pm

Living paycheck to paycheck causes obvious stress. Even worse, it puts you at risk for financial disaster when an unexpected expense or loss of income drives you to credit cards and mushrooming debt. Here’s how to escape this vicious merry-go-round.

College $ Burden: Plan Early

Submitted by Maureen Crimmins on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

The cost of a college education increases every year, largely unbeknownst to you until you confront the bill. The pile of money you must save is staggering. If you have children, plan for college costs as soon as possible.

Stock Ownership, Social Change

Submitted by David John Marotta and Megan Russell on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 9:00am

The philosophy called socially responsible investing claims that your investments should reflect your values. The most common implementation of SRI is to refuse to invest in certain companies because you disagree with one or all of their practices.

Credit Card Do’s and Don’ts

Submitted by Blake Faust on Friday, May 22, 2015 - 3:00pm

We all hear horror stories of credit cards’ risks, often about people who build up mountains of debt that take a lifetime to pay off. When used responsibly, though, credit cards can be some of your best friends in securing your long-term financial success. Here are a few do’s and don’ts.

Risk of Helping Grown Kids

Submitted by Josh Patrick on Friday, May 22, 2015 - 12:00pm

You saved your entire life for the day you can retire. You brought up your children and you hope that they enjoy productive lives. Unfortunately, one of your children never seems to grow up: dropped out of school, continually got into trouble. You feel you must keep helping this kid – but can you afford to?

Handling a Nursing Home

Submitted by Jeff Stimpson on Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 3:00pm

The health of an elderly parent falters and fails, a home for decades gives way to a hospital room and suddenly the longtime source of family unity and strength can’t even live alone anymore. That’s a family challenge that often sends adult children to a financial advisor for help.