Personal Finance from Forbes.com

  • Retail Therapy: Does it Help?
    You've probably heard it before. Your best friend goes through a breakup, has a terrible month at work or gets in a fight with his or her family and says, "I need some retail therapy."
  • How A Terrible Saver Grew Her Cash Stash
    Even those with no self-control can save successfully with a restrictive savings account, a new study finds.
  • The Market Has Fallen But It's Not Over Yet--Here's One Thing That Could Push It Further Down
    Until there is value in some sectors of the market, the downside is real and significant.
  • The Danger of Over-Diversifying Your Mutual Funds
    Some investors think that if they simply have a batch of different funds, they are diversified – and protected against market slumps. How wrong they are.
  • 4 Ways Helicopter Parents Can Harm Their Kids' Chances At Success
    Studies show that kids of helicopter parents are more likely to feel less competent and report lower self-worth. Are you guilty?
  • Social Security Q&A: How Can I Dispute Social Security's Records Of My Earnings?
    I don’t have W-2s that go back that far and SS says they aren’t responsible for keeping these records. IRS only offers copies of income statements that go back 4 years.
  • The Management Of Foreign Wealth Entering The United States
    In many ways, the United States is one of the safest domiciles for private wealth. Consequently, the country is attracting significant monies from the ultra-wealthy worldwide. Aside from investing in the United States, foreign families are increasingly looking for ways to manage and oversee their U.S. investments. Along these lines, there is a pronounced trend to leverage the family office expertise of leading U.S.-domiciled providers.
  • Marketplace Lenders Focus On Cheaper Loans, Less Credit Card Debt And Stronger Values
    After the 2008 financial crisis, banks received a lot of blame. Overly complicated products confused, trapped and often destroyed people’s financial lives. Poor risk management allowed banks to collapse, bringing taxpayers along with them. Financial institutions became impossibly large and excessively focused on short term earnings. And bankers were able to collect big bonuses, even while their firms had to be rescued with public money. The aftermath of the financial crisis produced even larger companies. Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual became a part of JP Morgan. Wachovia became a part of Wells Fargo. The big banks became bigger. The paychecks of senior bankers remained intact. And the value offered to consumers remained poor.
  • 4 Great Stocks That Could See Substantial Appreciation
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  • The Impact Of Financial Market Volatility On Student Loans
    With the global economy continuing down the road to recovery in recent years, monetary policymakers were expected to begin raising interest rates from historic lows. However, following China’s unexpected Yuan devaluation in early August there has been some turbulence in financial markets that has some investors hoping interest rates will stay lower for longer.

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