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How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

For better or worse, you’ll know you’ve grown up when it’s time to buy life insurance. For me, it was immediately after having our daughter, Molly. I bought a term policy so that, in the event the unspeakable happens, Lauren wouldn’t worry about makin … [Read more...]

When Do You Need To Buy Life Insurance?

Today, across the Web, hundreds of bloggers are talking about the importance of life insurance. By taking part of this “movement”, we can help raise awareness about this often overlooked piece of financial planning in a way that transcends the aud … [Read more...]

Is Whole Life Insurance a Good Investment?

Okay guys, it’s time to get all sexy and talk about life insurance. I know, I know. Keep your shirts on. Until recently I had only written this brief primer life insurance because it doesn’t apply to a lot of people under 30. But as some of us rea … [Read more...]

The Real Cost Of Having A Baby

For many of you, crying babies and babbling toddlers are the last things on your mind. If you’re like I was "before child", when you see a family with a gaggle of kids in line at a store, you pick another register---quick. Been there. Of course n … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Financial Advisor

Do you need a financial advisor? You may think that just because don't have a lot of money yet, you don't. And even if you want a financial advisor, you may think it’s impossible to get a qualified advisor to work with you if you don't have six f … [Read more...]

Your Money Checklist

3,500 feet above the sleepy small towns of Maine's Oxford Hills, I nudged the yoke on the rickety old Cessna 152 and banked into a lazy left turn back toward the airport after the day's flying lesson. As much fun as I was having, I was relieved the … [Read more...]

Free Net Worth Spreadsheet

This post contains a free net worth tracking spreadsheet template for Microsoft Excel (.xlsx). Please enjoy it for your personal use. An explanation of net worth and why I use this spreadsheet follows the screenshot. As you may know, I'm not a … [Read more...]

The Start-Up That Thinks Quality Investment Advice Shouldn’t Just Be For Rich People

The majority of the financial services industry pays little attention to young people. For example, unless you’re sitting on a seven-figure trust fund, the best financial advisors probably won’t return your calls. (And you should be wary of those w … [Read more...]

Your Money Ratios Book Review

As a financial writer, I try to do one thing above all else: Make intimidating financial topics easier to understand. Sometimes I succeed, often I fail, but my goal is always the same: Make managing your money simpler. So I am excited to review a … [Read more...]

Five “Forgotten” Financial Habits to Develop In Your Twenties

"I'm 25 and only make $30k a year. I've got student loans. I'm broke! Why should I care about investing?" I hear this all the time. When it comes to money, many of my peers (at least the ones not completely afraid of their finances) are concerned … [Read more...]