Personal Finance from Forbes.com

  • How The Wealthiest Families Make And Lose Their Money -- Part 5
    The findings of a recent Forbes - Societe Generale survey of Europe's billionaire families tend to support what practitioners have known for years. Families who professionally and centrally manage their wealth in private companies fair far better that those who split their assets at each generation.
  • This Week In Credit Card News--Free Annual Credit Scores, Another Massive Data Breach?
    States Probing Massive Data Breach of Social Security Numbers
  • 9 Financial Easter Eggs To Collect This Spring
    Wouldn’t it be great if Easter eggs were stuffed with money? They can be—if you know where to look.
  • 7 Ways To Give Yourself A Tax Break
    If you're like a majority of Americans, you may feel like you paid too much in federal taxes for last year. The bad news is that short of discovering some additional tax breaks you qualify for and amending your return, there's not much you can do about it. The fact that taxes are near historic lows and the government is still having trouble paying current and future bills means that the prospect of the government lowering taxes is probably also dim. The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do to reduce your own future federal income taxes. Aside from drastic life changes like having a child, starting a business, or buying a home, here are some steps you can start taking now:
  • Move For Business Or Stay Around For Mom's Sake?
    Janette feels completely torn. Her mother, who lives an hour away, is ill and refuses home help.  Janette (name changed to protect her identity) visits weekly and does a lot of chores for her.  She feels a sense of duty, especially as two of her siblings do not wish to be involved in their mom's care at all.
  • Backpacking Solo In South America
    French citizen Christy Offret shares her tips and adventures from the road, two months into her South American backpacking journey.
  • How To Use A Secured Card To Rebuild Your Credit
    Who among us hasn’t needed a second chance? Or a first opportunity? For the millions of Americans who were battered by the Great Recession and came out of it with a tattered credit score, plus the legions of young people who haven’t had a chance to earn and spend money
  • Social Security's Proper Role In Your Retirement Plan
    Could you live on Social Security? That seems to be a stock answer for many folks nearing retirement, and it's a tremendously misguided view.
  • How To Get The Most Out Of Your College Tour
    Too many college campus tours focus on the student union and amenities instead of visits to financial aid, career services and professors’ offices.
  • 3 Steps To Double Your Retirement Portfolio Safely
    As May creeps toward us you will begin to hear traders talking about the "Halloween indicator" or using the phrase "Sell in May and go away."

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