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The Single Parent’s Guide to Life Insurance

Even though it might be hard sometimes to picture your young children as independent adults, you hope to live long enough to see that day. Life insurance provides a financial safety net in case you don’t. It’s an important financial tool for virtually all parents, both married and single, of […]

How to Shop for Used Clothes — and Why You Should

Buying used clothes at thrift stores may seem like a smart way to slash your spending — and it is. You ought to get gold stars and stickers for spending $ 10 on jeans instead of $ 50. But with their low prices and expansive inventories, thrift stores can tempt […]

Ditch This Phrase and Jump-Start Your Financial Plan

Moving on after financial mistakes is tough when you’re stuck in “I should have” mode. I should have started saving for retirement sooner. I should have cut up my credit cards years ago. I should have said no to my brother-in-law’s dumb investment idea. Acknowledging mistakes is one thing, but […]

Are Your ETF Investments at Risk in a Market Sell-Off?

To say exchange-traded funds are enjoying a moment right now is an understatement — they’re the darlings of the investing world. In the first two months of 2018, new funds launched at a pace faster than one per day. And a recent survey conducted by BlackRock found that 62% of […]

Don’t Let Friends Derail Your Finances

Over the past few years, Meghaan Lurtz has had to turn down two destination bachelorette parties for dear friends. She was in graduate school and didn’t have the money to go. “It felt really crappy, because these are people that I know and I love and I care about, and […]

The Bull Market’s 9-Year Anniversary in 9 Numbers

Bust out the noisemakers, confetti and cake, because the bull market in U.S. stocks is celebrating its nine-year anniversary this week. Yes, despite the recent volatility, stock prices have been rising persistently since 2009 and haven’t succumbed to a drop of more than 20% (though the market came pretty close […]

Credit Card Rewards May Lose Sparkle, but Not Value

We’ve seen plenty of glitz and glamour from credit card rewards in the last few years: massive sign-up bonuses worth thousands of dollars, access to a growing list of exclusive airport lounges around the world, and even “Hamilton” tickets. But are we nearing the end of this golden era? Signs […]

Will the Stock Market Crash? Yes. Here’s What to Do Now

One minute, all economic indicators are sitting pretty and the Dow Jones industrial average is hitting record highs. The next — blammo — we’re in the throes of a stock market “sell-off,” or “right-sizing,” or whatever you want to call it. (Semantics is probably the last thing on anyone’s mind […]

4 Ways to Speed Up Your Tax Refund

Waiting for your tax refund can be like looking at fresh doughnuts that bakeries display in big cases behind the register. They’re tantalizingly close, but you can’t just jump over the counter and grab one — you have to wait until the cashier hands it over. It’s a sticky blend […]

Stock Market Outlook: Back to a More Volatile Normal?

The good times in the U.S. stock market couldn’t last forever. And in February, those good times — a prolonged period of remarkable calm and a series of record highs — finally came to an end. In case you missed it, here’s a recap: In a two-week span, the Standard […]