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Rules to remember when it comes to money etiquette

Jan 24, 2013
In the age of social media and oversharing, how has money etiquette evolved? The combination of tact and common sense still go a long way. Here are some tips to help you mind your money matters.
Posted In: etiquette, Personal Finance

I don't want to invest in oil and tobacco companies: Advice

Jan 18, 2013
Can you be a socially responsible investor and still get good returns on your investments? When do you know it's time to file for bankruptcy? If your retirement account provider starts charging little fees, is it time to shop around? L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus helps listeners with these personal finance questions.
Posted In: Personal Finance, socially reponsible investing

Ten tips to avoid buying a flood-damaged car

Jan 16, 2013
Many cars that were flooded by Hurricane Sandy are back on the market. Here are a few tips to make sure that you don't buy a Sandy lemon.
Posted In: Personal Finance, Hurricane Sandy

Confused by taxes? You're not alone

Jan 16, 2013
As tax season gets closer, Allan Sloan, senior editor-at-large at Fortune Magazine, laments the increasingly complex tax code.
Posted In: Taxes, Personal Finance

Explainer: How to choose a financial planner

Jan 13, 2013
Finding a financial planner is a tricky business. Here are some of the key questions to ask.
Posted In: financial advisor, Personal Finance, whiteboard

Letters: My parents won't talk about money with me

Jan 4, 2013
How can I get my aging parents to talk openly about their financial situation? Is it a smart move to retire overseas? Are there any downsides to credit cards that help pay down my student loan debt? LA Times consumer columnist answers listeners' letters.
Posted In: letters, Personal Finance

Pawn shop smarts

Dec 28, 2012
There are countless resources for those of us who want to be better money managers. But comedian and commentator Tim Bedore says the pawn shop is also a good place to go to learn some important lessons about personal finance.
Posted In: pawn shop, Personal Finance

Letters: Does checking your credit score affect your credit score?

Dec 28, 2012
Can you monitor your credit report frequently without it damaging your credit score? Does removing a secondary user from a credit card affect your credit rating? Personal finance guru Liz Weston answers listeners' questions about money.
Posted In: Personal Finance, letters

Using websites to manage your finances

Dec 12, 2012
The holiday season might be a time of year when you don't even want to look at your personal finances because money is going out the door right and left. You certainly don't want to go to a website that puts all your financial accounts in one place and makes charts and graphs out of your money - or do you?
Posted In: Internet, Personal Finance

Using scary online photos to motivate saving for retirement

Dec 6, 2012
Investment company Merrill Edge wants you to start saving retirement, so badly that they've built an online tool that will help you do it, and terrify you in the process.
Posted In: Personal Finance, Merrill Edge, Facebook, Twitter, instagram

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