The Most Common Money Mistakes Parents Make While Planning for Retirement

Retirement feels impending enough to make you sweat, but far-off enough that you don’t give it much thought. But whether you’ve started planning five years ago or five days ago, there are a few potential mishaps you’ll need to watch out for — for your own sake, as well as your kid’s. “Huge numbers of …

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I spent years ignoring my money after the shock of the Great Recession, but now I wish I could tell my younger self 6 lessons I've learned since

I turned 20 in 2009, in the middle of the Great Recession, and watching my parents’ careers turn upside down shocked me into paralysis. For years, I ignored my money. I didn’t plan, I didn’t save — I didn’t even check my bank accounts. But I just turned 30, and I’ve made a lot of changes since …

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Neuroscientists Confirm that Steve Jobs Was Decades Ahead of His Time

Thirty years ago, the mantra of the business world was “greed is good” because (as the movie Wall Street put it), “greed captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit … greed for life, for money, for love, for knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.” This isn’t a life philosophy so much as a management theory. It …

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Why Americans are struggling to save money-and it’s not debt

More than one in five working American adults, or 21 percent, don’t set aside any of their annual income for short-term or long-term goals. That’s according to a new survey from Bankrate.com, which asked 1,000 of them how much of their annual income they save for retirement, emergencies and other financial goals. And those who …

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10 Ways to Make Your 401(k) Balance Grow Faster

Boost your balance. Used correctly, a 401(k) account allows you to take advantage of employer contributions, tax breaks and automatic saving. But you also need to take care to avoid excessive fees and penalties that will reduce your returns. Here’s how to maximize the value of your 401(k) plan. Contribute automatically. Having contributions automatically withheld …

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