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Why Invest?

Of all the many aspects of managing money, investing is arguably the most difficult. It can be intimidating and confusing. When the market falls, scary losses can pile up quickly. When it zooms, it can feel like everyone — everyone, that is, except you — is getting rich quickly. Is it even wise to invest […]

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Profitable Ideas: This is Your Brain on Stuff, The End of Credit Cards, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Everything you can’t have (Collaborative Fund). “Your brain doesn’t want stuff. It doesn’t even want new stuff. It wants to engage in the process and anticipation of getting new stuff.” The vehicles we choose to drive (Becoming Minimalist). Come for the Harvey Mackay quote, then stick […]

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The Three Types of Savings Everyone Needs

Of all the things you could do with money, parking it in a savings account isn’t likely to move the excite-o-meter. But it does have the advantage of being highly useful. So useful, in fact, that I want to encourage you to not just double down on the idea, but to triple down on it.  […]

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Profitable Ideas: Investing in Happiness, Financial Opposites Attract, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Avoiding unhappiness (Humble Dollar). If we could better envision our future self, we’d be more cautious in our use of debt. KidFinLit series: 10 children’s books that teach kids about saving money (Forbes). A fun way to help kids learn about money. ‘Young people […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Money Mindset Forms Early, The High Cost of Cheap Clothing, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Your money mindset forms by 7: and the gift keeps on giving (Kiplinger). Why it’s so important to teach kids about money from an early age. How to ask for a raise, without alienating your boss along the way (NY Times). These people should […]

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Profitable Ideas: When Failure to Launch Isn’t a Failure, Online Scammers are Coming for Your Money, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Nearly half of Americans age 18 to 29 live with their parents (Relevant Magazine). It’s common to criticize this as evidence that today’s young people are not “launching” well, but in this interview with on Focus on the Family, Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary […]

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Profitable Ideas: Investing Time Well, The Hidden Cost of Cheap TVs, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Don’t just spend your time—invest it (Wall Street Journal). After all, it’s your most valuable asset. Distractions: understanding the biggest productivity killer (Lifehack). Pro tip: turn off 80-100% of notifications. Read also, Bob Goff on a less distracted life (Relevant Magazine). The hidden cost […]

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