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What If…

“Live for today.” “You only go around once.” You’ve heard these phrases; maybe you’ve even said them. They represent a popular philosophy – in essence, grab for all you can get right now since you don’t know what may happen tomorrow. Similar words are even found in the Bible. When the apostle Paul sought to […]

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When Using a Target-Date Mutual Fund, Buyer Beware

Investing is arguably the most complicated and intimidating aspect of managing money. That’s one reason why target-date mutual funds have become so popular. Such funds, offered by many mutual fund companies, handle some of the most important investment tasks for you. They are now the default choice in many workplace retirement plans. But is using […]

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Profitable Ideas: College Loses Its Luster, Quitting the Comparison Game, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. College degrees lose luster as inflation surges and student debt balloons (Bloomberg). I wonder if part of the problem is that too many entering freshmen don’t know what they want to study, which leads to delayed graduation, which leads to more cost.   When […]

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Choose Your Financial Role Models Well

The comparison game is hard to avoid. It’s been played for a long time, and lately it’s become even more challenging. “I think the difference today is the unending nature of knowing what ‘the Joneses’ do, given technology. Purchases, vacations, educations are all broadcast via social media and other means.” That’s Sarah Stanley Fallaw, Founder […]

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Breaking the Cycle of Financing Vehicles

Our home may be our castle, but for many people, their car is an extension of themselves. According to a study cited by Juliet Schor in her book, The Overspent American, nearly half of all car owners see their car as a reflection of who they are. The belief that we are what we drive, […]

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Profitable Ideas: Helping Our Kids “Catch” Contentment, Inflation is Coming for Our Tax Bills, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Six practical ways to model contentment for your kids today (Becoming Minimalist). Great ideas for helping our kids “catch” contentment from us. Teenagers should be working this summer (Daily Citizen). Getting our young people working will benefit them in countless good ways. And this […]

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Profitable Ideas: Tough Lessons for Newer Investors, It Pays to Drive Safely, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Amateur investors rode the bull up. Now the bear looms (NY Times). After a long-running bull market that left many investors feeling like they could do no wrong, some are facing their first real test. See also, Maintaining perspective (SMI). Why everyone’s bearish (The […]

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