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The advice to pursue your dreams at work may be nice, but the borrowed money still has to be repaid.
John "Jack" Bogle followed his own advice.
If you are among those who haven't put together a basic estate plan, get it done in 2019. Your heirs and close circle of relatives and friends will thank you.
Q: I’m interested in gathering information to plan for moving from our home when we can’t take care of it. I am 68 and my…
Clearly, the standard financial advice is good. Problem is, the approach isn't realistic for many people.
Money management for young college graduates is mostly adopting a few good spending and savings habits.
That's the best way to free up cash that can be stashed away.
The school, work, retirement silos are coming down, and a more complex narrative is being scripted.
Tax refunds matter to household finances. That's the clear message from a recent study by the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Institute. The report draws on…
In the late 1980s, I was invited along with a handful of other young journalists covering personal finance to meet with Sir John Templeton, an…
Like so many laws attached to retirement savings plans, there are twists and traps for the unwary.
Q: I’m looking for book recommendations for teens about money management, investments, etc. My son is 14 and has a high interest in learning about…
Living on the financial edge is a way of life for many. Now add federal employees to the list.
Figuring out how to manage household income once you are no longer working isn't easy.
Take your time if the prospect of retirement is coming closer. Think long about what you want out of the last third of life.
Investors are worried about mounting evidence that the global economy is slowing down.
The end of the year and the beginning of the new year is a good time for thinking about what we did with our money…
It's the time of year when many taxpayers turn to funding their charitable giving before year-end. The tax code has allowed taxpayers who itemize to…
The Financial Independence, Retire Early movement is getting much attention in the personal finance world, but there are less extreme ways to live a life of purpose and sound finances.
Even when the housing market slows, buyers and sellers are always looking to make a deal.
Despite the best efforts of marketers, Thanksgiving is still focused on celebrating family, friends, neighborhood and community.
The housing market is changing for Americans living in their retirement years.The popular image of the typical retiree household is moving to an adult retirement…
A recent scholarly paper suggests too many workers are taking advantage of the option.
If my casual conversations are any indication, many near retirees are nervous about the increased volatility in the stock market. Should they sell? Stay the…
What is a better way to spend savings?
Complex financial products come with risks difficult to understand, and many charge high fees.
The experience of the past decade suggests much of the conventional wisdom about the value of a college education remains correct.
Of course, you know you should have a will. Then why do so many people procrastinate on getting a will?
No one knows when the next recession will hit or how bad the downturn will be when it arrives, so shore up your finances now.
What we can do as individuals is limited.
The importance of framing financial decisions was a theme at this month's 2018 Retirement Research Consortium meeting in Washington D.C.
Giving consistently also turns out to be key to managing household finances smartly over a lifetime.
Scams are a scourge, especially for older adults.
This is one of those personal-finance issues where the answer lies in the details that you will need to research.
The research is compelling: A dearth of social relationships is as strong a risk factor for poor quality of daily life.
There is no one right answer. The value in the exercise is it should help you find the path toward achieving your goals.
Older Americans often worry about outliving their savings in retirement. Yet several studies suggest the danger is exaggerated.
Most older adults no longer follow the path of abruptly going from full-time work to full-time retirement and living off their accumulated savings plus Social Security.
The economics behind the strong housing market are compelling.
They're a gift that will help establish a sound financial footing for the long haul.
Putting money into a Roth IRA is another good idea.
Sustainable investing has gone from the fringes of finance into the money mainstream.
No debt translates into more savings and mental relief.
The info you gathered to finish your taxes offers a 2017 baseline for reviewing your spending, your saving and your giving plans in 2018.
It's nothing but tactics to support the answers to questions over the years.
Don't go if there is even a small risk of feeling an obligation to reciprocate in return for a meal.
Diversification is a time-honored strategy for reducing risk.
Buying individual TIPS and holding until maturity is the best inflation hedging strategy.
Confused about the stock market? Worried that valuations are stretched and vulnerable to rising interest rates, but nervous about bailing and missing a rebound? The…
Earlier in the week I had a voice mail on my cellphone. The message was a stern warning delivered in an over-the-top ominous law-enforcement voice.…
To simplify plan choice, it's usually cheaper to buy a 529 plan sold directly by a state.
Portfolio rebalancing maintains your target asset allocation.
Even if you don't want to start a business, emulating the energy, the dynamism and the creativity of an entrepreneur on the job is savvy.
Research and experience come to the same conclusion: Loneliness is a threat to the quality of life of elders.
The latest newsletter from Ian Bremmer, head of the Eurasia Group consulting, is titled, "2018 Top Risks." Here's how he opens his list of concerns.
Utah requires that all high school students take a half-year course dedicated to personal finance topics.
The holiday season is a time for celebrating with friends, family, relatives and others close to us. That’s why I want to encourage you to…
A poster child for needless complexity is the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules for IRAs, 401(k)s and similar retirement savings plans funded with pretax dollars.
The starting place for understanding risk capacity is your income and your career.
I’d love to help you, but I haven’t time. I can’t accept, having no time. I can’t think, I can’t read, I’m swamped, I haven’t…
With the holidays not far off, now is a good time to think about charitable giving and volunteering.
Too many people still assume older Americans have little to offer.
Divorced? Widowed? Losing a partner is traumatic and taking charge of household finances is rarely top of mind. The immediate aftermath of loss is for…
A major theme of this column is that managing money well over a lifetime shouldn't be complicated. All you need is a handful of good…
I'm 63 and retired. … I keep two years of cash, the rest in a diversified basket of high-quality stocks. … I'm single, no debt and own two houses. Am I crazy for not owning bonds?
I'm a longtime fan of investing for retirement in broad-based equity index funds. So is Warren Buffett, the greatest stock picker of the modern era, perhaps of all time.
One of the most famous exchanges in the history of finance took place on Capitol Hill in 1912 between. J.P. Morgan, the world’s most powerful…
The clear personal finance implication of the Equifax debacle is everyone should put a "credit freeze" or "security freeze" on their accounts.
The titans of Wall Street are nervous. The financial press has carried stories on the growing market concerns of well-known financiers and hedge fund managers.…
A major theme of these columns is that managing money well over a lifetime shouldn’t be complicated. All you need is a handful of good…
Henry K. “Bud” Hebeler left Boston with a graduate degree in engineering from MIT in 1956 for a job at Boeing in Seattle. Some three…
Q: I’m thinking about changing jobs to reduce stress, potentially within the next year. This change could result in a big pay cut, so I’d…
College is about to start. Have you had the money talk yet, especially with freshman students? Students need to know the basics of budgeting and…
One theme from a recent conference on aging I attended has important personal finance implications, especially for the younger generations of workers: The trajectory of…
I had several wonderful conversations with recent retirees about their personal finances at Minnesota Public Radio’s 50th anniversary open house last Saturday. One lesson stood…
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