Taxes and budgets should be easy. You make a certain amount of money; the government takes some, and the rest is yours. So why are filing taxes and dealing with personal finance so endlessly compli
A college education is the best way to ensure your child has a bright future. The benefits of a college education are numerous: better employment opportunities, better pay, less entry-level grunt w
The young generation in the work force is urged to create smart investments despite news reports showing retirement funds draining away. Those in their 20s and 30s may have parents who are struggli
Credit cards have become a real problem in the United States. According to an online quiz from PBS' "Frontline," more than 144 million Americans have general-use credit cards, but only 55 million p
Graduation is over, and classes are finished. Welcome to the real world, college grad. Now, how will you stay afloat in the "real world" when you have daily expenses and responsibilities? Budgeting
In the current economy, finding spare funds for retirement investing may be a challenge, but it's more important than ever to keep plugging away at that nest egg.
"If anything, the financial downt
As 2009 was coming to a close, it was widely assumed that Congress would prevent the repeal of the estate tax, which was set to expire at year's end and return in 2011. Estate tax attorneys were ce
Looking for some tax-free income? Municipal bonds may be an attractive option.
Municipal bonds -- also known as "munis" -- are essentially loans to cities, counties, school districts, public utili
Oh, what one would give for a crystal ball right about now. Who wouldn't want to take a look into the future of national politics, the global economy and weather patterns in order to formulate a so
Owning a home has long been many Americans' dream. In fact, according to a recent report released by the National Association of Realtors, 67 percent of adult Americans own or are paying mortgages
There has been a lot of talk recently about private accounts as a solution to Social Security's long-range financing problems. I am going to make two very important points in this column about this
I love "rules of thumb," little guidelines that are easy to remember and fall somewhere between mathematical formulas and shots in the dark. Here, for your enjoyment and possible edification, are s
Dear Carrie: My elderly, retired parents have a mortgage. They also have a stock portfolio. How can they decide whether to pay off the mortgage by liquidating a portion of the stock portfolio? -- A
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