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Top 10 Money Mistakes New Parents Make

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

Having a child is an exciting and exhausting experience. The feeling of holding your newborn in your arms cannot be described in words. Along with this exhilarating feeling, though, comes sleep deprivation, hectic schedules and the determination to provide nothing but the best for your precious little one. Even with the best intentions, it is [...]

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Published on October 20th, 2014
Modified on October 24th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Family & Life, Insurance, Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Student Loan Reality Check

Written by Richard Barrington - One Comment

With college students back in classes for the fall semester, their parents can only hope that they are making the best use of their time and money. There is a lot at stake — the amount of student loans outstanding is approaching $1.3 trillion, having mushroomed by over 50 percent in less than three years.
We [...]

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Published on September 29th, 2014
Modified on September 27th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Education, Planning
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5 Reasons to be Optimistic About the Economy

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I find that defaulting to pessimism about the economy is a great way to hedge your emotional bets. If things turn out well, then I can count it a pleasant surprise. If things turn out badly, at least I have the satisfaction of having been right.
Lately though, there have been some cracks in my gloomy [...]

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Published on September 15th, 2014
Modified on September 13th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Economy, Planning
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Saving for Retirement: How to Avoid the Roads to Ruin

Written by Richard Barrington - Leave a Comment

They say there are many paths to financial success, but if you accept the idea that these are two-way streets, that means there are also many paths to financial ruin.
Maybe my view is skewed by the fact that people tend to come to me for financial advice once they are already in serious trouble. Then [...]

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Published on September 1st, 2014
Modified on August 28th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Moving ASAP? Follow These Steps!

Written by FCN Staff - 2 Comments

This post comes from Anthony Fontana at our partner site Zing!
Is there anything worse than moving? Before you call me lazy, I’m not talking about moving from the couch to the refrigerator for a beverage. I’m talking about moving from one home to another. It’s a pain, right? Not only do you have to find a new [...]

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Published on August 29th, 2014
Modified on August 8th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, House & Home, Planning, Real Estate, Working
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Tips to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

According to the National Retail Foundation’s 2014 Back-to-School Survey, the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics. It is even higher for college students. It is about this time that parents start eyeing ads for back-to-school shopping. Here are some tips to help you save this year.
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Published on August 11th, 2014
Modified on August 3rd, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality, Planning
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Are You Getting Ahead or Falling Behind?

Written by Richard Barrington - One Comment

People have long spoken of “haves” and “have-nots,” but perhaps never in modern times has the economy seemed so separated between those who seem to be getting ahead and those who are falling behind.
What complicates things is that appearances can be deceptive. The easy availability of debt can make a household believe it is living [...]

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20/20 Vision on 20-Something Investing

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

About 35 years ago, when I was new to the corporate world and fired with ambition, but not the least bit fired-up about staying with my big corporate employer, I had a series of bewildering conversations with colleagues, many even younger than I.
See, the place where I worked had long been the number one name [...]

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Published on July 30th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Who’s the Boss of Your Finances?

Written by Richard Barrington - 2 Comments

When it comes to financial decisions, do you feel like the boss or like it’s your first day on the job?
If you don’t feel in command, it’s understandable. Millions of people with no background in finance are called upon to make a series of very important financial decisions: making a budget work, saving for college, financing a [...]

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Published on July 21st, 2014
Modified on July 18th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Planning
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A Pearl of Wisdom About the Burden of Wealth

Written by Jeffrey Steele - Leave a Comment

I don’t know how the reading list looked in your high school English classes. But in mine, the teachers clearly believed we kids should absorb books that achieved, to quote Woody Allen, “total heaviosity.” These serious message novels were chosen to shake us out of our suburban-bred complacent lethargy. They were profound. They were penetrating. [...]

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Published on July 2nd, 2014
Modified on June 27th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Planning, Retirement
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