What Do You Really Know About Investing? [Quiz]

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Who Does the President's Personal Finances?

Despite being the leader of the free world, the president still has to pay personal bills, and many of them have opted not to pass off that responsibility to a financial professional. However, great diplomacy doesn’t necessarily mean great financial aptitude. In fact, not all presidents have been good at managing their money. Continue reading
How Could a Changing Economy Affect Your Savings?

How Could a Changing Economy Affect Your Savings?

Changes in the American economy not only affect jobs and wages, they often have a direct impact on your savings. And there’s no more likely time for economic change than at the beginning of a new presidential administration. While no one can predict the effects the Trump administration will have on the American economy, it's vital that you understand how changes in interest rates and inflation... Continue reading

New Year, New Presidency: How Might The Trump Administration Affect Your Finances?

Date: January 1, 2017 It’s not uncommon to want to tighten your purse a little when a new president takes office. With new policies, many economic and financial changes could be ahead. There’s been a lot of speculation about how the economy will fare under President-elect Donald Trump, but he’s been pretty vocal up front about the things he wants to achieve. Continue reading

Is Staying Single Better for Your Finances?

You know you're in love and you know you want to spend your life with your partner — but does getting married help your finances, or leave them worse off? Before you walk down the aisle and commit to each other “for richer or for poorer,” make sure you understand the financial ramifications of your nuptials. That knowledge will help you set out on a “for richer” journey together. The... Continue reading

How To Quit Your Job, Travel the World, And Not Go Broke

Have you ever had a quarter-life crisis? Olivia, a 28-year-old former marketing executive for a Portland, Ore. sporting goods e-commerce company did. She quit her job in Feb. of 2008, two months after earning her MBA from Portland State, and set off to travel the world. Four continents and one year later, she still has nine months of savings in the bank. “I've always been a saver,” says... Continue reading

Grow Savings With CD Laddering

CD ladder is a certificate of deposit ladder. A certificate of deposit is a type of account you have at the bank where the bank will agree to pay you a certain interest rate for an agreed period of time. Let's say you saw a 2.50% APY 12-month CD, that means the bank will pay you 2.50% APY for twelve months. It also means you don't have access to the money for twelve months Continue reading

Five Celebrity Money Fails

Celebrities may dictate fashion and style, but they’re no arbiters of personal finance, at least not in my book. If there’s one thing about money that celebrities have taught us, it’s that you can just as easily burn through 10 bucks as you can several million when you don’t stop to embrace the basic rules of money. You know the plain vanilla stuff like: saving, budgeting, planning and protecting... Continue reading

Digital Extroverts Vulnerable To Identity Theft

Today's twenty-somethings may be the most extroverted generation in history. They chronicle their trips around the world. They fess up to personal bankruptcy. They Facebook, they tweet, they text, they talk–and talk, and talk, and talk. Unfortunately, this conversational navel-gazing could increase the risk of suffering identity theft or other financial malfeasance. Consider the recent... Continue reading

Cents & Sensibility: The Real Cost Of Paying Bills Late

You might think leaving your bills for later is an easy way to avoid pain and suffering, but you're going to end up hurting even more when you realize how much damage you're really doing to your wallet and your credit. For example, did you know late fees are often more than what you pay in interest? That is already way too much. Before you know it, you'll be sliding down the slippery slope of... Continue reading