Articles on Personal Finance

06.15.11

Earn Money Recycling

Alex Gutow

Do you have anything in your home that you want to get rid of, but you don’t know the best way to go about it? The good news is that there is a way to clear the clutter from your home and even earn some money at the same time. Here are four great ways to recycle old items in

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06.13.11

Your Retirement Checklist

Erik Chang

As the baby boomers reach retirement age, many find themselves unprepared for the changes that lie ahead. Planning for the future doesn’t need to be overwhelming. If you are nearing retirement age (or want to start planning ahead), here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for and plan your retirement. Make a Will As you

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06.06.11

Teach Your Children About Money.

Alex Gutow

The recent recession reminded many families about the importance financial management. It also made it obvious that no child is too young to learn how to manage their finances. The mortgage crisis is a great example of what happens to people who don’t have enough financial information – many people signed mortgages they could not afford or that had terms

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05.16.11

The Future of Banking

Stan Reybern

When I turned nine, my grandmother gave me a bright yellow, circa 1980 Robie the Robot Bank from Radio Shack for my birthday. When I placed a coin into Robie’s hand, he lifted it to his mouth and swallowed my change, keeping it safe for a rainy day in his metal belly. The best part was always the little robot

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05.13.11

Are you financially literate?

Samantha Eckles

There is no doubt that unscrupulous lending practices were a leading cause of the recent recession. However, those practices would not have been able to happen as easily if consumers were better able to question these abusive practices. While the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Agency’s job is to monitor and warn consumers about these practices, they only have limited

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05.04.11

America’s Wealthy Ready to Return to Spending

Alex Gutow

Like the rest of us, America’s wealthiest families cut back on spending during the recent recession. However, it looks as though that trend has passed. The American Express Publishing and Harrison Group survey polled families with a discretionary income of more than $100,000 and found that spending on luxuries is set to rise 8% compared to 2010. This would represent

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04.29.11

Will ATM Fees Lead to Fewer Transactions?

Samantha Eckles

How much are you willing to pay for the convenience of using an ATM outside of your bank’s network? Two dollars? $2.50? Four dollars? How about five bucks? Would you spend as much as five dollars for that convenience?

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