Don’t worry — this article isn’t going to be as cynical as that title may sound. I don’t even think my sentiments are especially materialistic. However, I do think handling money the right way is one of the most important things one can do for one’s family, and thinking of it that way sets me [...]
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It wasn’t long ago I suggested in this space there was a one-word reason for the colossal indebtedness of Americans. That word, I ventured, was “supersize.” By supersizing everything from combo meals to homes and cars, folks nationwide were ensuring they’d suffer supersized debt burdens and super-slender savings, I wrote.
What I didn’t reveal at that time [...]
We will be welcoming our first child in less than a week. We started having a lot of conversations about starting a family a couple of years ago and have been preparing for it, including moving from dual incomes to one. It has been a roller coaster ride for us — emotionally, mentally, financially and [...]
Most people wrestle with a conflict between the present and the future — how do they meet immediate financial needs and still set aside money for retirement? Learning how to use budgets can be a way of bridging this gap between present and future.
When you are getting started, budgeting can seem a little intimidating. It’s [...]
There are two categories of tasks that keep the financial machine running smoothly — essential tasks and beneficial tasks. Most people recognize the essential tasks as something they should do at least once a year: Open or review your retirement account, re-balance your portfolio, review your insurance needs, etc.
But somehow the beneficial tasks don’t seem to get the [...]
If you didn’t hear the news, the America’s Cup was run in San Francisco recently.
What it isn’t
The way the sailboaters and media make it sound, the America’s Cup pits one nation’s best against the best of another nation to determine who’s the champion of the world. That, as it turns out, is not exactly the truth. [...]
Over the past 30 years, I’ve had ample opportunity to see how married couples handle their finances. Some do a better job than others, but in general it is healthier for those finances — and the marriage itself — if both spouses take the attitude that they are in this thing together.
That may seem obvious, [...]
Over the course of a long life, an individual’s financial affairs can become exceptionally complicated. He or she has likely assembled a portfolio of savings, stocks and bonds, life insurance policies, real estate holdings and other assets.
If a savvy money manager, the person has sought out the best credit cards and the best savings accounts, [...]
This post is by staff writer William Cowie.
Are you curious to know how Warren Buffett succeeded so spectacularly at his investing? I am, so I’m working my way through his (thick) authorized biography. If there’s anything that matches his investing prowess, it’s his readiness to share his secrets with all who are interested. By now [...]
People often talk about micro- and macro-economics in the abstract, but sometimes you run into a perfect example of how a specific case resonates with a broader trend.
I was recently talking to a graduate student in his early 20s who just earned himself a paid internship for the year ahead. The compensation includes the ability [...]
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