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Parents’ attitudes toward money and kids

Written by Richard Barrington - 3 Comments

As parents, we pick up a fair amount of information from other parents. There’s some good advice, some bad advice, and then there are opinion surveys.
Even though I tend to second-guess the way some of the questions are phrased, I like opinion surveys because they are a window into what large numbers of other people are [...]

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Published on April 14th, 2014
Modified on April 11th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Planning, Saving & Investing
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Worst-case-scenario playbook

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

This is the time of year when I annually confer with my financial adviser. As I drove to meet him in his office a couple weeks ago, I had reason to expect we’d both be in jovial moods. The stock market’s performance over the past year has been stellar, after all, and my account has [...]

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Published on April 9th, 2014
Modified on April 2nd, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Frugality, Planning, Retirement
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How to save money on road trips

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

It is time to plan summer vacations. If you are planning to fly to your destination, now is the best time to start setting up price alerts for the plane tickets and signing up for credit cards if you want to use the miles and perks that come with carrying a particular airline card. With an [...]

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Published on March 10th, 2014
Modified on March 7th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Automotive, Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality, Planning, Travel
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Money mistakes to avoid in your 20s

Written by Suba Iyer - 7 Comments

The year 2013 was a milestone for me with lots of life changes. As I step deep into my 30s now, I thought it might be interesting to take a look back at my 20s. If I could go back and give my 22-year-old self some sage money advice (I was just out of college and [...]

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Published on February 24th, 2014
Modified on February 18th, 2014 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Planning, Saving & Investing
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Failing to plan is planning to fail

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

It’s that time again, time for the inevitable turn-of-the-year vows to eat smarter, exercise more and be nicer to friends and family. One in a hundred may actually keep those commitments and become healthier, better people in the process.
Others may focus on becoming financially healthier, promising themselves they will look harder for the best credit [...]

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Published on January 15th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Planning
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The world as we know it

Written by Richard Barrington - 2 Comments

I have a brother who is a history teacher, and a son who is on his way to becoming one. For me, history was one of my least favorite subjects in school, but now it represents a major portion of my reading. Studying financial history early in my career may have been the turning point.
When I [...]

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Published on January 6th, 2014
Modified on January 4th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Economy, Education, Planning, Retirement
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How sustainable are your financial habits?

Written by Richard Barrington - One Comment

Sustainability has become a key concept in environmental and resource-management circles. It’s also a good goal for your personal financial practices.
I’m sure it once seemed as if the world contained an endless reservoir of oil; but by the end of the 20th century it was clear that when people draw on a resource faster than [...]

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Published on December 23rd, 2013
Modified on December 13th, 2013 - One Comment
Filed under: Planning
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What Nelson Mandela can teach you about your finances

Written by William Cowie - 5 Comments

Nelson Mandela is one of the few individuals who single-handedly changed the course of human history in a profound way. Unlike other famous leaders, such as Genghis Khan, Hitler or Napoleon, he altered the course of our nation (I’m South African) by eschewing all the traditional political weapons of mass destruction: revolt, violence and revenge. [...]

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Published on December 11th, 2013 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Planning, Saving & Investing
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What do you consider risk?

Written by Richard Barrington - 4 Comments

This hard-charging stock market — up more than 23 percent for the first ten months of 2013 — has me regularly cautioning about the riskiness of what may be inflated prices. I think it’s an important message under the circumstances, but it’s hardly the last word about financial risk.
While the devastating impact of stocks falling [...]

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Published on November 25th, 2013
Modified on November 21st, 2013 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing, Working
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Why I think of money at Thanksgiving

Written by Richard Barrington - 3 Comments

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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Published on November 11th, 2013
Modified on November 9th, 2013 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Planning, Retirement
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