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  • Before Same Sex Parents Rush Down The Aisle, Consider The Effect On College Financial Aid
    Same-sex couples that have fought long and hard for the right to marry may be anxious to rush to the altar. But those putting kids through college may want to hold off a little longer.
  • Five Money Questions You Should Ask Your Parents
    You may need to change the conversation with your parents on money matters. Here are five questions you should be asking.
  • Financial Independence Day For Millennials
    When it comes to their financial lives, Millennials show a sharp contrast to Baby Boomers. These differences may be stark, but Baby Boomers can play a significant role in guiding their Millennial children and grandchildren on a path towards financial independence. With new financial pressures abound, what better way to celebrate Independence Day than to relieve the economic restraints that hold Millennials back every day?
  • Something Borrowed Makes You Blue - Student Debt And Joint Returns
    The joy over the Supreme Court's decision in Obergeffel et al v Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health should not obscure an important point, which I addressed in one of my earliest posts - Just Because They Won't Let You Do it Doesn't Make it a Good Idea.  Marriage is not an unmitigated financial blessing, particularly when it comes to taxation.  So now Professor Victoria J. Haneman will be pointing out another downside in an unreleased article The Collision of Student Loan Debt and Joint Marital Taxation.
  • The One-Year Shopping Ban: How This Woman Lived On Just 51% Of Her Income
    After getting rid of 70% of her belongings and saving 31% of her income, Cait Flanders of Blonde on a Budget says, "I feel like the best version of myself right now."
  • Six Big Risks For The Stock Market
    The performance of the U.S. stock market in 2015 has been impressive.  Not because stocks have made huge gains.  They haven’t.  The S&P 500 is down about half a percent for the year.  Rather, stocks have been impressive because they have climbed many significant walls of worry while index levels have treaded in place.  Many investors may be lulled into thinking that the rest of 2015 will be similar – relatively low volatility, the ability to deal with known issues, and the expectation of better earnings and economic data for the second half of the year.  All of that may be true, but investors should frame their decisions by knowing the six obvious market risks.  Those risks are: interest rates, geopolitics, corporate earnings, financial stability in China, a possible default by Puerto Rico, and the potential exit of Greece from the Euro and European Union.
  • Why You Can't Afford To Shun Foreign Stocks
    Too often, U.S. stock investors stay with American shares. But with the rise of international bourses, that makes less and less sense.
  • 10 Ways To Prevent Money From Ruining Your Marriage
    It’s no secret that fighting about money puts a huge strain on a relationship. In fact, money issues can be so troublesome that they are behind 22% of all divorces. However, there are various steps that experts say couples can take to avoid letting money matters destroy their marriage.
  • 5 Money Moves That Build A Retirement
    It's easy to understand how a retirement is built — steady saving, prudent investments and time. But so many of us fail at it because we get stuck trying to make just the first moves. As the saying goes, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" and that's true.
  • 12 Surprisingly Free Airline and Hotel Perks
    These companies are bucking the add-on fees trend with perks like free DirecTV (in economy!) and even a 24-hour fragrance butler.


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