Archive for February 2014

Spring break on a bare minimum budget

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This post comes from Chloe Paglia at our partner site Zing. Dealing with the frigid winter months usually means fantasizing about heading somewhere else for a few days. For college kids particularly, it means dreaming of putting down our books, gathering up our friends and leaving for spring break. Unfortunately, the typical spring break getaway involves […]

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Published on February 28th, 2014
Modified on February 7th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Frugality,Travel
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News flash: You are now allowed to spend retirement savings

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 9 Comments

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 […]

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Published on February 26th, 2014
Modified on February 28th, 2014 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Saving & Investing
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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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Precious metals: The effect of QE tapering on gold and silver

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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 […]

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Published on February 21st, 2014
Modified on February 7th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Saving & Investing
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MyRA Exposed!

Written by William Cowie - 12 Comments

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. […]

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Published on February 19th, 2014
Modified on February 15th, 2014 - 12 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Saving & Investing
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Are you investing or betting?

Written by Richard Barrington - 3 Comments

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 […]

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Published on February 17th, 2014
Modified on February 15th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing
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How to keep your pets safe this winter

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This post comes from Halina Matt at our partner site Zing. If you live in these United States, then you’re painfully aware that so far, this has been one of the coldest winters ever on record. Well, technically I’m not sure if it’s the coldest on record, but man, it sure feels that way, doesn’t […]

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Published on February 14th, 2014
Modified on February 7th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Family & Life
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To love, cherish and argue about money

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

In the 1960s-era suburban landscape where I spent my formative years, the atmosphere was much less structured than it is today. If we kids wanted to see our friends, it was routine for us to run to their homes, open the back screen doors and stroll right in. But if their parents were fighting, as […]

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Published on February 12th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life,Retirement
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Financial to dos before you say “I do”

Written by Suba Iyer - 2 Comments

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 […]

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Published on February 10th, 2014
Modified on February 7th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life,Saving & Investing
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Your Internet passwords stink, but it’s not (completely) your fault

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This post comes from Sean T. Johnston at our partner site Zing. If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t pay much attention to creating impenetrable passwords for your online accounts. According to Splashdata, an online password provider, the list of the top online passwords are just terrible from a security standpoint. The good news is […]

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Published on February 7th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Identity Theft
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