• Small Sums, Big Potential: 4 Ways to Microinvest
    Friday - 02/16/2018 - 02:25 PM

    Investing isn’t just for the wealthy. A crop of services make it easy for savers to plant small amounts of money — like that fiver you found in the couch cushions — in the stock market.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • 3 Ways to Screw Up Your Investment Portfolio
    Thursday - 02/15/2018 - 11:00 PM

    Sometimes the best way to succeed is simply to avoid doing the things that lead to failure. That’s the approach of legendary investor Charlie Munger, who counsels “Invert, always invert.” In other words, find the ways you might screw up your investment portfolio — and then never do them.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • You’re Married, but Your Assets Don’t Have to Be
    Thursday - 02/15/2018 - 12:00 PM

    People who aren’t rich or famous typically don’t have prenuptial agreements, which are legal documents detailing who gets what in a divorce. Even ordinary folks without prenups, though, should think about how to protect their money if something goes wrong.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Why You Should Listen to Money Podcasts
    Wednesday - 02/14/2018 - 11:00 PM

    “Your personal finance is so much more than what’s in your bank account — it’s what you feel about money,” says Meghaan Lurtz, president-elect of the Financial Therapy Association. Some podcasts may help listeners feel more confident with their money, which can enable them to make smart, proactive decisions. If this seems like a stretch, consider what...The article Why You Should Listen to Money Podcasts originally appeared on NerdWallet.

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  • How 12 Olympians Pinched Pennies to Chase Gold
    Tuesday - 02/13/2018 - 05:34 PM

    We’re used to hearing stories of triumphant Olympians overcoming all odds to achieve their dreams. But for many, staying afloat financially is a lesser-known hurdle as they ski, skate, jump, flip and twirl their way to gold.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • These 5 Gas-Saving ‘Tips’ Don’t Work
    Monday - 02/12/2018 - 11:00 PM

    When gas prices spike, drivers love to swap gas-saving tips. The crazier the tip, the faster it seems to spread. The problem is, some such “tips” are more urban legend than fact.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Your Guide to Insuring Someone Else's Life
    Monday - 02/12/2018 - 02:00 PM

    Buying life insurance on someone else and naming yourself as beneficiary might sound like a plot point in a film noir mystery. But taking out a policy on another person makes good sense in some situations.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Doing Your Own Taxes? Pros Say Avoid These 4 Blunders
    Monday - 02/12/2018 - 03:00 AM

    It’s easy to make mistakes when you’re trying to do your own tax return, but some mistakes seem to happen way too often. We asked a couple of tax pros about gaffes they see over and over again when people fly solo on tax prep.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Packing Light
    Friday - 02/09/2018 - 01:54 PM

    Laura Lynch used to check at least one bag on every trip, but that changed when she realized how much those bags were weighing her down. “I was pulling this giant duffel bag along the cobblestone streets of Serbia, and I was extremely lost,” says Lynch, co-founder of the food and travel blog Savored Journeys,...

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  • 6 Investing Key Concepts — In Plain English
    Friday - 02/09/2018 - 02:16 PM

    Personal finance is full of concepts that can intimidate newcomers. In reality, being smart with money doesn’t require being a mathlete or getting an MBA. Many complex-sounding financial concepts are actually quite simple, and understanding how they apply to your finances can pay huge dividends.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • How I Ditched Debt: Engineer Goes Old-School With Pen and Paper
    Friday - 02/16/2018 - 02:01 PM

    In this series, NerdWallet interviews people who have triumphed over debt using a combination of commitment, budgeting and smart financial choices. Responses have been edited for length and clarity. Brianna Harrington Who: Brianna Harrington How much: $40,000 in 26 months Despite receiving more than $80,000 in merit-based scholarships, Brianna Harrington still graduated from college in 2014 with...

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  • Delays, Lost Bags, Complaints: How Does Your Favorite Airline Rank?
    Thursday - 02/15/2018 - 03:40 PM

    Consumers can consider many factors when evaluating an airline, but getting you where you’re going on time, not losing your checked bag, and giving you no reason to lodge a formal complaint seem like decent baselines.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Don’t Be Frozen Out — Know How and When to Thaw Your Credit
    Thursday - 02/15/2018 - 11:00 AM

    When the Equifax data breach was revealed last fall, you may have followed the advice of experts and frozen your credit. A freeze is the best way to keep your personal data from being used to open fraudulent credit accounts.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • 10 Ways to Minimize Mix-Ups on Your First Trip Abroad
    Wednesday - 02/14/2018 - 05:21 PM

    If you’re planning to travel outside of the country for the first time, the details can seem overwhelming. You can’t always anticipate which questions to ask, or even what to Google.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Will Your Relationship Last? Depends on Your Investment
    Tuesday - 02/13/2018 - 11:00 PM

    On Valentine’s Day, lovers scramble to order flowers or book a table at the right restaurant. But are these really the kinds of “investments” that pay off in building a successful, long-term relationship?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Do’s and Don’ts When Using Shopping Apps
    Monday - 02/12/2018 - 07:25 PM

    Retailers such as Target and Amazon are embracing mobile applications to help consumers save money and time with features like digital wallets and augmented reality. When used strategically, apps can streamline in-store trips and online purchases, but shoppers could also find that convenience comes with a risk: impulsive decisions and overspending.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Life Insurance and Millennials — What to Consider Now
    Monday - 02/12/2018 - 02:00 PM

    Getting married, buying a house and having kids are all good reasons to purchase life insurance. But if other financial priorities keep getting in the way, there’s an economic consideration if you’re a millennial (no matter how much you hate being called one): Getting life insurance now is probably a lot cheaper and easier than...

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  • Don’t Let the Fear of Looking Stupid Lead to Money Mistakes
    Sunday - 02/11/2018 - 07:00 PM

    A lot of smart people have a financial secret: They feel stupid about money. “One of the most common things I hear from clients is, ‘I feel like I should understand this better, and I’m embarrassed to show you this,’” says Linda Leitz, a certified financial planner and co-owner of Peace of Mind Financial Planning...The article Don’t Let the Fear of Looking Stupid Lead to Money Mistakes originally appeared on NerdWallet.

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  • How to Tell a Stock Market Correction From a Crash
    Friday - 02/09/2018 - 01:45 PM

    News that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down several hundred points sends shivers down the spine of even the most weathered investor. Such drops, while infrequent, can be scary because it’s impossible to predict how severe or long-lasting losses will be.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • This Valentine’s Day, Let Your Credit Card Show You Some Love
    Friday - 02/09/2018 - 11:20 AM

    Christian Hoffman, a 36-year-old father of two who works as a communications manager in Niagara Falls, New York, didn’t have a big budget for Valentine’s Day this year. In fact, he wasn’t planning to spend much at all, until he realized he and his wife could use their credit card rewards points to go on...

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