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The age of diminishing reason

Feb 15, 2012
Estate planning isn't simply tax planning or bequest planning. It's also planning for cognitive decline.
Posted In: Estate planning

Slim savings with consumer-driven health plan

Feb 13, 2012
There is a lot of theory motivating consumer-driven health plans like the HSA, much of it reminiscent of ideas promoted with the rise of the 401(k) retirement savings plan. Well, three decades later the 401(k) has turned out to be a deeply flawed pension. The same is likely to be true with consumer-driven healthcare plans.
Posted In: health insurance, health savings accounts, 401(k)s

Chocolate truffles three ways

Feb 10, 2012
Not only are homemade truffles much cheaper than buying them, your culinary skills will impress your sweetheart.
Posted In: valentine, spending, chocolates, flowers, dining, romance

How risky is the modern gold rush?

Feb 10, 2012
Gold is a "precious metal" with a storied history, but its value lies in the madness of the crowd. It's a speculation, not an investment.
Posted In: gold, Investing, speculation, emerging markets, Warren Buffett

$108,000 in student loans -- and still counting

Feb 8, 2012
The student loan debt burden is getting worse. The epicenter of trouble is so-called private student loans. It's time to take action on private student loans.
Posted In: student loans, private student loans, college

Parenting and personal finances

Feb 8, 2012
The French offer parents enormous support.
Posted In: family, family finances, parenting, personal finances

Money market mutual funds: Buyer beware

Feb 7, 2012
When it comes to money market mutual funds, you can't trust the pledge not to break a buck -- at least not with your safe money, the money that's supposed to be there in tough times like 2008.
Posted In: money market mutual funds, Mutual funds, SEC

Thrill seeker? Risk averse? It matters

Feb 6, 2012
What I like about the insurance money management framework is that it takes seriously the idea that how you save and where you save is all about what you want out of life -- your goals, your desires, your values, your lifestyle.
Posted In: Investing, insurance, portfolios, retirement savings

Déjà Vu all over again

Feb 3, 2012
What if the U.S. economy is becoming the economic engine that keeps the global economy out of recession?
Posted In: Economy, technology, stocks unemployment

Is major tax reform coming?

Feb 1, 2012
Like it or not, some form of major tax change is coming over the next several years. The reason is well-known: The federal government's dire long-term fiscal situation. The real question is what kind of tax overhaul.
Posted In: Taxes, tax forms, credits, deductions, tax reform, federal budget

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How living beyond our means helped bring down the economy. The role of personal debt in the financial crisis, and where we go from here