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Why Your Credit-Card Debt Won't Die
investing

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
investing

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?
investing

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
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A Sucker Born Every Minute?
spending

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
spending

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
investing

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
investing

4 Ways to Beat Your Investing Biases

Discover how a trusted friend and a diary can make you a better investor.
March 5, 2015
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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
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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
investing

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
investing

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
investing

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
investing

What Money-Smart Women Want

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

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
savings

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
investing

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
investing

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
Investing

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
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How Generation Hexed Can Overcome Its Fear of Investing
investing

How Generation Hexed Can Overcome Its Fear of Investing

Be an Anglophile and adopt this British investing approach to ease young investors into stocks.
May 4, 2012
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A Guide to Understanding How Your Brain Works
Investing

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
investing

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
Just Say No to Extras to Save Money
savings

Just Say No to Extras to Save Money

You'll beat tricky merchants and let bad shoppers pay for your bargain.
December 19, 2011