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Are You Financially Healthy? Rate Yourself Using These 9 Qualifications

In 2016, a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings quantified how many Americans have a healthy lifestyle. Can you guess what number it came up with? Less than three percent! In order to qualify, a person had to meet four criteria: Moderate to vigorous exercise for at least 150 minutes per week, a diet score […]

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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: The Best Strategy for Two-Earner Households, Inside the Modern Marketer’s Playbook, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. 5 reasons dual-income families should live off one and bank the second (Money Ning). The best financial advice my wife and I got before getting married was to base our lifestyle on one income. 3 real estate lessons learned from our last investment property […]

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Profitable Ideas: What’s Missing From Too Many Estate Plans, Mental Toughness Training for Kids, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. How to prepare your digital life for your death (PC Magazine). Access to online accounts needs to be part of every estate plan. What happens to travel miles and hotel points when you die? (Clark Howard). Another example of an estate planning issue most […]

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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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Profitable Ideas: Your Brain on High Inflation, New Research on Money and Marriage, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. How to adjust your brain for 8.5% inflation (Wall Street Journal). After enjoying a low-inflation environment for so long, it’s jarring to go to the gas station or grocery store these days. Here’s how to cope. Target-date funds work up to a point. So […]

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Profitable Ideas: When Kids Game the System, Decluttering More Than Stuff, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Why bribing kids backfires (Psychology Today). It’s important for kids to learn key life lessons early in life, but gaming the system is not one of them. Minimalism and decluttering are similar, but not congruent (The American Genius). A helpful distinction for those who […]

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Everybody Has a Story

During what would turn out to be my father’s final year of life, he had several caregivers in and out of his house. Since I worked within about a 45 minute drive of where he lived, one day I decided to take a long lunch and pay a surprise visit to check up on the […]

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