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How to Fight Fair About Money

Every healthy relationship involves conflict. In fact, psychologist John Gottman, who has spent more than 20 years studying what makes marriages last, believes that “fighting . . . can be one of the healthiest things a couple can do for their relationship.” In his book, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, which I highly recommend, Gottman […]

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How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

In a recent post, I provided some guidance as to who needs life insurance. If you determine that you need it, the next question is, “how much?” You’ll hear about various guidelines for answering that question, usually based on multiples of your salary. Some say you should carry life insurance with a death benefit equal […]

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Profitable Ideas: Keeping Financial Secrets Isn’t Romantic, The Work/Faith Connection, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Baby Boomers are more likely to keep financial secrets (Washington Post). This is one of the benefits of tools like Mint.com. If you set it up correctly, it gives both spouses anytime/anywhere access to your household’s full financial […]

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Profitable Ideas: Free is Good, The End of Car Ownership, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Don’t make this 401(k) mistake in 2017 (Time). When it comes to workplace retirement plans, free really is good. Don’t miss out. The end of car ownership? (Vocativ). Many items we used to buy are moving to subscription […]

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Profitable Ideas: Why NOT to Pay Off Your House Faster, Pay In-State Tuition for an Out-of-State School, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. 4 reasons paying off your mortgage faster isn’t always best move (USA TODAY). Some will bristle at this one (don’t shoot the messenger!), but I have to agree that this isn’t always the best move. 5 salary negotiation […]

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An Essential Formula For a Financially Healthy Marriage

Money is one of the prime sources of conflict in marriage. However, conflict avoidance isn’t the route to a happy marriage. In fact, John Gottman, a psychologist who has devoted over two decades to studying what makes for a healthy marriage, believes that “fighting—when it airs grievances and complaints—can be one of the healthiest things […]

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Profitable Ideas: Protect Your Online Passwords, Learn About Risk-Taking From Jeff Bezos, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. After you strengthen your online passwords, here’s how to store them (NY Times). Want to build a strong defense against hackers? There’s an app for that. Americans are making it way too easy on ID thieves (Bankrate.com). Many […]

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How to Mess Up Your Marriage

Have you ever felt like a stranger living in a strange land? Like somehow you’ve woken up in a place where you don’t speak the language?  I felt that way while watching a morning news segment about financial infidelity. The host mentioned the results of a national survey in which: 71% of married Americans acknowledged […]

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Profitable Ideas: A Financial Force Like No Other, Cars That Cost the Least to Maintain, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. The most powerful force in the universe (A Teachable Moment). The math behind the adage, “Time in the market is much more important than timing the market.” One secret to cutting spending (Sketch Guy – a NY Times […]

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