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How Money Is Used as a Weapon in Relationships
spending

How Money Is Used as a Weapon in Relationships

Financial literacy is a key to fighting economic abuse.
August 10, 2016
The Keys to Raising Financially Independent Young Adults
spending

The Keys to Raising Financially Independent Young Adults

Parents often believe the most recent request for money will be the last, the one that finally launches Junior on the path to success.
June 21, 2016
Why Your Credit-Card Debt Won't Die
Investor Psychology

Why Your Credit-Card Debt Won't Die

We tend to pay off the card with the smallest balance first, regardless of the interest rate.
April 19, 2016
Keep Your Investing Simple
Investor Psychology

Keep Your Investing Simple

Markets are complicated, so we often rationalize that a complicated strategy is necessary to beat them. That logic is faulty.
March 8, 2016
An Investing Gender Gap?
Investor Psychology

An Investing Gender Gap?

Research shows that women tend to differ from men in their approach to investing.
March 7, 2016
What Your Credit Score Says About Your Love Life
credit & debt

What Your Credit Score Says About Your Love Life

A Fed study finds that couples with higher credit scores are more likely to stay together.
December 31, 2015
A Sucker Born Every Minute?
Investor Psychology

A Sucker Born Every Minute?

The radical premise of a new book suggests that free markets, even when they function perfectly, don’t operate to the benefit of all.
October 30, 2015
The Danger of Investing Too Heavily in U.S. Stocks
stocks

The Danger of Investing Too Heavily in U.S. Stocks

Our bias in favor of U.S. stocks robs us of opportunities to invest in promising companies that happen to be based elsewhere.
September 8, 2015
Sometimes, It's Okay to Spend
Investor Psychology

Sometimes, It's Okay to Spend

Extreme frugality may be a sign of a deeper emotional issue, but in most cases, you can learn to spend without pain.
July 6, 2015
Investors, Stay Sane in a Crazy Market
Investor Psychology

Investors, Stay Sane in a Crazy Market

Be sure to have a complete investing strategy, including your plan to sell, in place before any mayhem occurs.
May 1, 2015
4 Ways to Beat Your Investing Biases
Investor Psychology

4 Ways to Beat Your Investing Biases

Discover how a trusted friend and a diary can make you a better investor.
March 5, 2015
Mannequin Eye Contact and Other Ways Retailers Get You to Spend More
spending

Mannequin Eye Contact and Other Ways Retailers Get You to Spend More

To protect your budget while shopping, be aware of the sneaky tricks that will trigger your urge to buy.
November 3, 2014
Watch Out for Senior Money Moments
retirement

Watch Out for Senior Money Moments

Trusted financial professionals can be among the first to spot a problem that's more than just normal forgetfulness.
August 28, 2014
When Inertia Pays Off
Investor Psychology

When Inertia Pays Off

Many companies will raise your annual retirement contribution for you--no need to lift a finger.
June 26, 2014
Do You Cheat on Your Spouse?
spending

Do You Cheat on Your Spouse?

One-third of adults who combine finances with a partner or spouse have committed financial infidelity.
May 2, 2014
Wanted: Bubble Detector
Markets

Wanted: Bubble Detector

Data from investors' brain activity, prices, trading volume and social-media chatter help detect an overpriced stock market.
March 7, 2014
How to Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions
Investor Psychology

How to Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions

Set realistic, attainable goals, declare them publicly and develop a detailed action plan.
December 12, 2013
What Money-Smart Women Want
Investor Psychology

What Money-Smart Women Want

Research shows that women prefer a personalized approach that focuses more on goals than on results.
August 5, 2013
Big Stocks May Not Deserve Their Share Prices
Investor Psychology

Big Stocks May Not Deserve Their Share Prices

When top dogs fall to being underdogs, watch out that you're not along for the ride.
June 3, 2013
Turn Your Finances Into a Game
Financial Planning

Turn Your Finances Into a Game

Playing games makes people feel good. Can that translate into saving and spending more wisely?
June 2, 2013
The Lure of Ponzi Schemes
Investor Psychology

The Lure of Ponzi Schemes

Educated investors are often too confident in their own capacity to evaluate a deal.
February 5, 2013
Use Willpower to Your Financial Advantage
Investor Psychology

Use Willpower to Your Financial Advantage

Set goals and monitor your spending and saving to strengthen your financial resolve.
June 29, 2012
How Money on the Mind Changes Our Behavior
Investor Psychology

How Money on the Mind Changes Our Behavior

Just the thought of money can make us focus more on ourselves than on others.
June 1, 2012
A Guide to Understanding How Your Brain Works
Investor Psychology

A Guide to Understanding How Your Brain Works

This book on how our minds’ intuitive and logical parts work together can help us recognize investing mistakes.
March 16, 2012
Angst Over Annuities
insurance

Angst Over Annuities

Giving up a lump sum in favor of a series of payments may wreak havoc with our mental accounts.
February 3, 2012
Tightwads and Spendthrifts
Investor Psychology

Tightwads and Spendthrifts

Both of these extreme spending personalities suffer pain and guilt when faced with opening up their wallets. Here's how you can strike a better balanc…
January 3, 2012