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Low Inflation: Just Enjoy

Submitted by Ray Ferrara on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 9:00am

It’s temping to relegate inflation to the ash heap of history. Price increases are minuscule in the U.S. and are actually negative in Europe. But history shows that no economic trend lasts forever. That said, let’s enjoy low inflation while we have it.

How to Couple Your Money

Submitted by Taylor Schulte on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 3:00pm

Valentine’s Day is of course an extremely popular day for marriage proposals. Regardless of which side of the engagement you’re on, consider when deciding to take that next big step how, when and where to wed not just each other, but also your finances.

How to Look at Wealth

Submitted by Sheri Iannetta Cupo on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:00pm

The desire to amass wealth should be about more than simply status and security. It should be about enhancing your emotional and spiritual life. Now, amid the quiet of mid-winter, is a good time to pause and think about what abundance really means.

Tech Makes Planning Easier

Submitted by John C. Fales on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

You’re scared of financial planning, convinced you can’t start to get your money in order without conquering a blizzard of forms or rummaging the bottom of your closet for lost records. What money moves do you put off because you fear the paperwork? Technology can help cut the stress of this vital process.

Making Your Goals Real

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Monday, February 2, 2015 - 3:00pm

Establishing goals is the real meat of financial planning. Use any tactic to improve your odds of success, including an easy-to-remember catchphrase that outlines your plan and motivates you start to finish.

Invest in New or in Improved?

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 3:00pm

As winter sales loom, you face an endless array of sparkly, shiny and occasionally innovative items. As an investor, you run into a similar phenomenon that requires you to ask, “Are investment offerings truly innovative, or simply improvements to existing technologies and services?”

Kids’ Harsh Money Lessons

Submitted by Harold Wong on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

After last Christmas, millions of people – including maybe you – returned gifts you didn’t want and either exchanged or just pocketed a refund. The process only increased the pressure that exhausts everyone, especially parents: Rush and spend to the limit of your credit, often to help your kids. Your kids are watching, though, and for their own good you must teach realities about money.

Picking Benchmarks Wisely

Submitted by Joe Pitzl on Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Maybe your family just wrapped up its holiday tradition of big gatherings where grandma headed the fireside sing-along or everyone got a year’s wisdom from your goofy brother-in-law. Maybe too you seethed silently at how well one relative is doing financially. As the holidays fade, we all must recognize our unrelenting desire to compare ourselves to loved ones – a path to both bad moods and potentially bad money moves.

Blame the Hack on Sony

Submitted by Phillip Shrotman on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 9:00am

What’s all the fuss? The major culprit of Sony’s data breach was Sony itself, for inept security. Plus, North Korea’s invasion of Sony’s internal computer system is hardly an act of war. And if the breach portends future cyber threats, would North Korea tip its hand over something so stupid as trying to cancel the release of a movie, “The Interview”?