Social media has changed our lives in many ways, but here’s one nobody probably foresaw: criminals brazenly boasting about their deeds on Facebook. Some misdeeds are probably more humorous than deadly, like Michael Baker, who siphoned gas from a Jenkins, KY police cruiser, and then posted a video on the site with many eyes, complete with [...]
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Aside from the need to work, toil and slave to salt away one or two million bucks or more, there’s one thing that has long ticked me off about the whole topic of retirement planning — the single-minded focus on accumulation.
Entire libraries could be filled with the books, newspaper pieces, magazine articles, DVDs and CDs [...]
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 [...]
This post comes from Keith Guyot at our partner site Zing.
Gold prices fell more than 25% from January 2013 to January 2014, according to Goldprices.org. Silver was down nearly 36% in that same time period. Meanwhile the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet ballooned from $3 trillion to $4 trillion in 2013, and has grown nearly fivefold since [...]
In his State of the Union address, President Obama introduced the myRA account. It stands for “My Retirement Account.”
WHAT IS IT?
The myRA is a new variant of the Roth IRA, with the following features:
1. Contributions are after-tax, like a regular Roth IRA, not pretax like a regular IRA or 401(k) fund.
2. All gains [...]
To my way of thinking, putting your money behind the Bitcoin represents a bet rather than an investment. Of course, the distinction can be confusing — outside of sports pages, the place you might most often see people referring to bets is in the financial news. Any large or prominent financial stake in something is [...]
Money is a sensitive topic — even between loved ones. When my husband and I got married, money was the last thing on our mind. The only knowledge we had of each other’s finances was that neither of us had any debt, both of us had some savings. My husband didn’t even know my salary. Knowing [...]
The professional association to which I belong meets the second Tuesday of the month. Afterward, many of the members in attendance hit a nearby Italian bistro for a buy-your-own dinner.
Last week, I exited for home alongside another long-time association member, George, who had a train to catch. I asked if he’d commuted downtown just for the [...]
I recently signed what I’ve been assured will be my last tuition check.
My younger son, who is finishing up grad school, looked at me with a mixture of bemusement and annoyance when I referred to it as “my day of jubilee,” but who wouldn’t celebrate having such a big expense removed from their annual budget?
The odds are astounding, really. Someone won the big Megamillions lottery jackpot of over $600 million last week. Millions of tickets were bought — No, make that hundreds of millions. Did you buy one?
Why? Why would you, or any other rational person, buy a lottery ticket? The odds of winning are incomprehensibly small. And that’s [...]
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