Does Tony Soprano Need Life Insurance?

Which of the following TV dads do you think has the greater need for life insurance: mob boss Tony Soprano, Cliff Huxtable of the Cosby Show, or Mike Brady of the Brady Bunch? According to a national survey conducted for the non-profit Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE), most people assume Tony Soprano […]

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Living With Urgency

“Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” – Job 14:5 Next month will mark the two-year anniversary of my father’s death.  The following month will mark the three-year anniversary of my mother’s death.  Maybe it’s the experience of losing my parents so recently […]

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Popular Board Game Adds Product Placements

MONOPOLY purists may be dismayed by the just-released “Here & Now” edition of the popular board game. Virtually everything has changed. As reported by the _New York Times_, Boardwalk has been replaced by Times Square; the railroads have been replaced by airports; and the reward for passing “Go” has zoomed from $200 to $2 million. […]

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Checking Out Charities Before You Give

During the last quarter of the year many charities dial up their fund-raising efforts. An article in the _Chicago Sun-Times_ on 9/18 gave some good counsel for deciding which causes to support. It recommended seeing what “Charity Navigator”:http://www.charitynavigator.org and “GuideStar”:http://www.guidestar.org have to say about organizations you’re considering. Both rate charities on a variety of measures, […]

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Where Savers Live

What makes one person a saver and another a spender? Income? Education? Genes? What about where a person lives? A.G. Edwards has identified the communities where residents do the best at building wealth. As reported on _Yahoo Finance_ recently, the company examined 12 financial factors–everything from retirement plan participation to credit card debt–among residents of […]

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Getting Real About Retirement

How current workers envision their future retirement differs greatly from the reality being experienced by people who are now retired. However, this time the disconnect may be an indication of unusually realistic thinking. According to a new study from the Pew Research Center, a non-profit “fact tank,” 77 percent of current workers expect to continue […]

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Where Old Cell Phones Go to Die

The average cell phone user–and there are 200 million of us in the U.S.–gets a new phone about every 18 months, according to a recent article on _MSN_. What becomes of the old ones? Tens of thousands of them, each one containing toxic materials, end up in landfills every day. Fortunately, there are alternatives that […]

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Life Without a Car

Just reading the above headline may have made some readers break out in a nervous sweat. We love our cars. We need our cars. Or do we? The _Washington Post_ recently reviewed a new book, _How to Live Well Without Owning a Car,_ written to challenge our assumptions that we need our cars. Author Chris […]

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Feeding the Hungry When You’re Starved for Time

For those with a desire to volunteer or donate to a good cause, but who are pressed for time, “Charity Guide”:http://www.charityguide.org may be of interest. According to a recent article in the _Chicago Tribune_, the organization’s web site lists 170 “flexible service projects”–everything from helping the homeless to protecting the environment–that can be done in […]

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Financial Lessons From 9/11

This month, as we remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks of five years ago, many people are reflecting on how life has changed since then and considering some of the lessons learned. While financial lessons are far from the most important takeaways, _Smart Money_ magazine recently summarized a few such lessons. First, don’t wait for a […]

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