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  • The secret to retiring early US News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 3:42 PM EDT
    Early retirement

    Early retirement isn't only about saving up enough money to quit your job. Many people are pushed or pulled into early retirement by their employer, family or both. I was sick of my job, and all I could think about was how great it would be if I could afford to take early retirement.

  • 8 ways to protect your identity while online shopping US News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 3:42 PM EDT
    Money.com

    To avoid becoming a victim, consider taking steps now to keep your financial accounts and personal information safe. The cyber security company LogRhythm points out that because so many people now shop from mobile devices, which are often less protected than computers, and the volume of purchases goes up at the holidays, …

  • 12 Home Improvements That'll Boost Your Home's Selling Price US News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:36 PM EDT

    "It's you putting your best foot forward," says Christy Biberich, owner of Christy B. Design in Los Angeles who appears on the HGTV show "Brother Vs. Brother." "We do judge a book by its cover." The strategy varies by neighborhood and market conditions, but staging a house to appeal to the maximum number of buyers can …

  • 10 Steps to Writing a Will US News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    "If it's Uncle Henry, and Uncle Henry is an idiot, you have a problem," says Ben Neiburger, an elder law attorney at Generation Law Ltd., based in Elmhurst, Illinois. Neiburger adds that if you designate one of your children as the executor, and your kids don't get along, that could also be a problem. In the interest …

  • How to Save Money on Extracurricular Activities US News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:32 AM EDT

    I would go straight from school to rehearsal for the school musical to gymnastics practice to another rehearsal for the local community theatre, finally getting back home around 10pm or eleven to start my homework. Don't get so focused on meeting the expectations of others that your child can't enjoy the camaraderie of …

  • How to Take the First Steps into Retirement US News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Retirement holds the promise of redirecting the rest of your life toward pursuits that stimulate your heart and mind. We are trying to identify and cover all our bases ahead of time.

  • 3 Trends Could Affect These Real Estate Investments US News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 9:48 AM EDT

    Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, have been around for more than half of a century, but given fundamental changes in the national economy, you have to wonder if REITs can evolve and catch the latest trends. In basic terms, there are equity REITs, which own large properties such as malls, office towers and apartment …

  • 7 Ways to Stretch Your Child's Wardrobe From Summer to Fall US News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 8:42 AM EDT

    This fall, instead of buying a whole new wardrobe, look for easy ways to stretch your child's summer clothes so they'll last into the cooler months. For instance, you could turn girls' shorts into skirts, which can be worn with tights underneath all winter.

  • 8 Ways to Maximize Your Credit Card Rewards US News - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:48 PM EDT

    Make your rewards card work for you. Credit cards tend to offer reward programs as a way to separate themselves from competitors. So for every dollar you spend, you may get points to redeem for merchandise, ...

  • Is Now the Time to Invest in Health Care ETFs? US News - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:51 AM EDT

    Health care exchange-traded funds: the bran muffin on your investment menu. Health care investments are just what the doctor ordered if volatility is what ails your portfolio. Analysts agree that demographics ...

  • 5 Reasons You Should Never Turn Down an Interview US News - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 9:48 AM EDT

    If you aren't thrilled when you hear from a headhunter, don't dismiss the opportunity offhand. While recruiters and headhunters can be hit or miss, it's worth it to talk to them, even for a brief phone conversation. Ask a lot of questions to figure out if it's an opportunity you should take into serious consideration …

  • 4 Questions to Help You Avoid Social Security Mistakes US News - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT

    You've been trashing your Social Security statement without even a glance or second thought. Or maybe you haven't begun to consider Social Security's role in your future retirement. After all, as far as you know, Social Security won't be around when you retire -- that's what you keep hearing on the news, anyway. Although …

  • How Men Can Save on First Dates US News - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 9:22 AM EDT
    Right Questions To Ask To Get The Details You Actually Want From Your First Date

    He adds that it's also a good chance to get some insight into the other person's relationship with money.

  • 8 Items You Should Always Buy Generic US News - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 8:51 AM EDT

    In this category, you can buy generic store brands that are very comparable in quality and ingredients; The ingredients in these alternatives are just about the same as the brand name counterparts. Speaking of pantry staples, the items you always have on hand for your baking, seasoning and household cleaning needs usually …

  • 7 Ways to Fall Into Savings This Season US News - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 8:40 AM EDT

    You'll get a season's worth of savings and peace of mind by taking a few steps in the fall to get your home ready for cold weather.

  • 8 Tacky Job Search Faux Pas US News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 10:59 AM EDT

    The last route involves zero tact or self-awareness, and it often rubs both current and prospective employers the wrong way. Job seek with some grace. This is an obvious (and tacky) sign that you're interviewing elsewhere, says Alexandra Levit, author of "Blind Spots: 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your …

  • 7 Ways to Gain Executive Experience in College US News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 10:35 AM EDT

    While you wouldn't be surprised to hear that request in an interview, it may put terror in the heart of any new college graduates without much practical experience. Maria Stein, associate vice president of cooperative education and career development at Northeastern University in Boston, offers the following seven tips …

  • Volunteering Overseas in Retirement US News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 10:12 AM EDT

    In fact, volunteer opportunities could be a driving agenda. Some volunteer opportunities require little to no skill, while other groups seek professional volunteers. Uvolunteer.org has positions in Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru and Nicaragua that offer a chance for volunteers to teach while they learn and study Spanish …

  • Financial Simplicity Should be a Retirement Priority US News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 10:09 AM EDT

    We might get a few hundred dollars to switch brokerages and $50 to open a checking account and end up with a complex mess of financial accounts. Here's why you need to simplify your investments before retirement: It would be hard to double check every credit card bill if you had 17 different cards. Those who have only …

  • 4 Questions to Consider Before Adding Onto Your Home US News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 9:42 AM EDT

    It's a question that crosses the minds of many homeowners who think it would be nice to move but lack the money or will to pack everything up: Why don't I just add onto my house? But adding or expanding ...

  • Don't Believe These 8 Job Search Myths US News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 9:31 AM EDT

    While applying to jobs may make you feel productive, a recent CareerXroads survey shows that only 15 percent of positions were filled through job boards. Successful job seekers use a variety of tactics, such as contacting industry-specific recruiting agencies or third-party recruiters, meeting one-on-one with past colleagues, …

  • The Shocking Admission of This Shuttered Hedge Fund Manager US News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 9:30 AM EDT

    It's no longer surprising when hedge funds close their doors. According to a website that tracks hedge fund "implosions," since late 2006, aptly-named The Hedge Fund Implode-O-Meter, at least 117 major funds at 71 fund families have shuttered. Nevertheless, the closing of Emrys Partners, a hedge fund launched just more …

  • 6 Tips for Finding an Apartment in San Francisco US News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 9:16 AM EDT

    After spending the past seven years in Los Angeles, my husband and I relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area this month. With limited availability and increasing demand, finding an apartment in San Francisco is challenging (to put it lightly). Luckily for me, I work in the rental industry and have access to experts who …

  • How People With Disabilities Can Overcome Money Challenges US News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 9:15 AM EDT

    For Tricia Riccardi, applying for jobs isn't as easy as submitting résumés and arranging interviews. Riccardi's experience illustrates some of the financial challenges faced by people with disabilities, according to a report released in July from the National Disability Institute. The study, which uses data taken from …

  • 5 Places to Save on Maternity Clothes US News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 9:14 AM EDT

    When my husband and I found out we are expecting a baby this winter, one of the first things I did was think about building some semblance of a maternity wardrobe. I have spent quite a bit of time these past few weeks researching the stores that offer maternity apparel options, and I've come up with a list of stores that …

  • How to Turn $10 a Week Into $1,090 in 2 Years US News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 9:10 AM EDT

    Try this simple, and above all, safe investment plan to achieve a modest return, and learn some basic money management and investing concepts, too. First, two years is not a lot of time, so we won't tie up the money in a retirement account such as a Roth or a traditional IRA. If you invested in stocks or mutual funds, …

  • With average monthly costs nearing $1,000, some parents may question why they're padding the pockets of university housing offices and college town landlords. That's what Rob Weiss thought when he bought a two-bedroom condo for his daughter at the University of California--Santa Cruz.

  • Should Assessment Tests Determine Your Next Career Move? US News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 10:44 AM EDT

    Whether you are at the early stage of your professional life or have decades of experience, a fruitful first step to figuring out your professional development may be to find a career counselor who is skilled in personality and skills assessment testing. Perhaps you are not sure of the value of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator …

  • Nab a Fat Financial Aid Package to Pay for College US News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Heather McDonnell, associate dean of financial aid and admission at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, was shopping at the grocery store a few years ago when a man came up to her and appealed for mercy. Ten years ago, for example, Sarah Lawrence got about $250,000 in Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity …

  • How to Toughen Up at Work US News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 9:36 AM EDT
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    It's natural to feel bruised when you trip over a bump in the road. A bad performance review stings. A botched project bulldozes your confidence. Micromanagement makes you feel microscopic on the corporate ...

  • 3 Ways to Maximize Your 401(k) US News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 9:18 AM EDT

    The 401(k) is quickly becoming more versatile and able to meet long-term retirement needs. By following these rules, you will get the most out of your plan today and put yourself in the best position in retirement.

  • 6 Signs You Have Too Much on Your Plate US News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 9:16 AM EDT

    Almost everyone has too much to do today, both employees and managers alike. Willis agrees and suggests speaking to your supervisor if your excessive workload is causing you to drop balls.

  • How to Get a Frugal Head Start on Holiday Shopping US News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 9:09 AM EDT

    Most of us cringe when we see an Excel spreadsheet at the office, but they really come in handy for planning your holiday gift list. Create one with the following columns and your holiday shopping will never be the same again: Column 1: Recipients Column 2: Budget per recipient (this column will be very useful for building …

  • 3 Ways to Get Your Kids Fit for Less Money US News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 9:07 AM EDT

    Obesity, even among children, is a growing problem in our country. Every Thursday, I volunteer at my daughter's elementary school for physical education class. We are one of many fortunate schools who've raised money through our Parent Teacher Association to keep physical education in our school.

  • Colleges That Charge the Most for Applying US News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate ...

  • The No. 1 ingredient for a successful marriage is successful communication. That communication starts before your wedding day. If you're going to make a lifelong commitment to each other, you need to establish open and equal communication. Not only will that process help the couple figure out their communication issues, …

  • The Financial Considerations of Buying Your Teenager a Car US News - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 4:25 PM EDT

    Check out the usual places like car dealerships, but don't forget to go off the beaten path. For instance, Juda Engelmayer, an executive who works in New York City but lives in Bergen County, New Jersey, bought a car for his two daughters in an online auction in February 2013. "When I was a teenager, my cars were always …

  • How to Add Tax Diversification to Your Retirement Investments US News - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 12:04 PM EDT

    If you do all of your saving for retirement in traditional 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts, you could face hefty required withdrawals in retirement that bump you into a higher tax bracket. Conversely, saving for retirement in accounts with different types of tax treatments including traditional retirement accounts, …

  • 10 Ways to Avoid the IRA Early Withdrawal Penalty US News - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 12:01 PM EDT

    Keep your 10 percent. Here are 10 ways to avoid the IRA early withdrawal penalty: Once you turn age 59 1/2, you can withdraw any amount from your IRA without having to pay the 10 percent penalty. IRA distributions used to pay for medical expenses that are not reimbursed by health insurance and exceed 10 percent of your …

  • Portfolio Analysis: A $960,598 Trust Dragged Down by Cost US News - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:56 AM EDT

    My latest portfolio report card is for TBM in Austin, Texas. His father left him and his sister around $960,000 in a family trust. TBM asked me to take a look and here's what I found: His family trust consists of 21 mutual funds, five exchange-traded funds, one exchange-traded note and is managed by a financial advisor. …

  • 8 Ways to Earn Respect as a New Hire US News - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:27 AM EDT

    Pay attention to how your boss operates. It can be tough to adjust to a new boss when you're used to your old manager's ways of doing things.

  • How to Save on Home Maintenance Costs US News - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 9:11 AM EDT
    Home renovation tax incentive will hurt ‘tax dodging cowboys’ – IGBC

    Whether it's an air conditioner on the fritz or a dishwasher that needs to be checked out, there are always issues to address.

  • How to Save Money While Tailgating US News - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 8:48 AM EDT

    Nothing goes better with football than food and friends. But without some careful planning and serious shopping smarts, tailgating expenses can go sky high . The good news is that there are ways to save ...

  • To gauge the affordability of a college or university, the sticker price is a good place to start. But savvy students should dig deeper. One data point to unearth is the average percent of financial need ...

  • 401(k) plans 101: A guide to saving for retirement US News - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 8:30 AM EDT
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    It's never too early to start saving for your golden years.

  • How Not to Blow Your College Meal Plan US News - Sun, Sep 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    So if you're a freshman or sophomore living on campus, you may be required to buy a meal plan from your college. Even if you aren't required to purchase a meal plan, it can be a decent deal for some college students. If you'd never think to search Pinterest for "microwave cake-in-a-mug recipes," a meal plan might be for …

  • 6 rules of shopping at warehouse stores US News - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 3:43 PM EDT
    Shoppers push a trolley outside a Costco Wholesale store in Los Angeles

    At least, that's the premise of belonging to a members-only warehouse store like Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club or BJ's Wholesale Club. Each store charges membership fees (Costco, $55 a year;

  • The Best (and Worst) Reasons to Tap Your Home Equity US News - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 3:37 PM EDT

    With home values rising, more Americans have equity in their homes. That has generated plenty of cheers from homeowners, and it's also brought back the home equity line of credit as a popular option for ...

  • How to Stay Engaged in Retirement US News - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 3:31 PM EDT

    Many baby boomers are contemplating what exactly they will do with their free time for the next 20 years.

  • The Worst Jobs for Your Health US News - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:41 AM EDT

    Working is good for the worker in many ways, but in some jobs, there may be negative effects on your overall health. Here's an overview of those occupations that could be particularly bad for your physical ...

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