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Economic Schizophrenia

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Monday, July 20, 2015 - 9:00am

We are living with a schizophrenic economy, in which rational thinking lies in ruins. We keep hearing optimistic assessments of economic rejuvenation, when a lot of evidence suggests otherwise.

Expecting a Baby? $$ Tips

Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Friday, July 17, 2015 - 3:00pm

If you’re like many young adults, having children is one of the biggest life-altering choices you’ll ever make. Joy, stress, excitement, exhaustion, hundreds of books on how to not screw up and thousands of bucks to prepare your little one: Your plate is now loaded. Here are some considerations to make sure you’re prepared – at least in terms of money.

How to Teach Kids About $$

Submitted by Jeff Rose on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 12:00pm

In a perfect world, parents and educators (not to mention society) work hard to make sure that children are financially literate and consider money skills just as important as reading, writing and arithmetic. Our world sure doesn’t work like that, and you need to help your young kids learn basic financial skills the old-fashioned way: Teach by doing.

Blended Families and Love

Submitted by Bonnie Sewell on Monday, July 13, 2015 - 12:00pm

In the day-to-day chase for a better future we often seek that magic combination of stocks, bonds, gold and hidden treasure to guarantee our happiness. Look again: The recipe to nourish us in the years ahead has more to do with family and friends than with dollar signs.

Spending to Follow Passions

Submitted by Allyn Hughes on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 3:00pm

Can cash buy happiness? Depends if you know what to spend it on. Sometimes, when you take time away from chasing the market returns and dire headlines, the simplest encounter can remind you to invest in what you hold most dear.

4 Must-Reads on Debt

Submitted by Kimberly J. Howard on Monday, July 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

The lack of financial education is often the main reason behind debt problems. Here are some awesome books that help grow your financial knowledge and give you all the necessary tips and tricks to manage your debt.

Improving Financial Intimacy

Submitted by Hilary Hendershott on Friday, June 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

Money issues often cause stress and arguments in relationships. If you and your partner disagree about how to handle money, here are tips on how to adjust to each other’s financial language and come up with one you share.

How to Be Financially Healthy

Submitted by Larry Light on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 9:00am

Paul Sullivan had a rough early life: a threadbare home, divorced parents, a lousy school and few prospects. Today, he is a highly regarded personal finance columnist for the New York Times, has a nice salary and lives in a wealthy suburb. How did that happen? Pluck and luck, yes, but also insights from savvy onlookers.