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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.

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.

Busting Asset Value Illusions

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Friday, June 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

When we talk about financial fitness, one of the most important measures is the value of our assets. The problem is that we often have false expectations about some asset types, and we need to break those illusions to focus on our real financial condition.

Budgeting for Vacation

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Monday, May 11, 2015 - 3:00pm

Kids start to gaze out classroom windows, the grass turns green again and the temperature slowly rises. If you and your family are like most, you now plan summer vacations. Beware of daydreams of fun in the sun: If you aren’t careful, vacation expenses can put a large dent in your wallet and potentially wreck your full year’s budget.

Oil Prices: Forget a Rebound

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 9:00am

With the price of oil slashed in half since last summer, we keep hearing predictions that a reversal is waiting in the wings. Forget it. The showing of another energy product, natural gas, shows us why: Ever-improving technology keeps prices low, amid more efficient and cheaper production methods.

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