As a boy, I spent a lot of time annoying our next-door neighbor, Todd, a successful work-at-home plastics executive. In exchange, he taught me curse words, how to play poker, and one very smart habit. Todd read a Boston Globe every morning in a very specific way: First he opened the comics, then the stock […]
Imagine you’re in the final stretch of a grueling race, vying for first with a small pack of determined opponents. As adrenaline and your desire to win pushes you forward, one by one, you pass your competitors. Finally, with the finish line in sight, you’re in the lead. Of course, you won’t relax and give […]
Pop quiz: Do you know how much cash you have in all of your bank accounts, right now? How long would you take to determine how much you spent on groceries and how much you contributed to your IRA last year? Stumped? You might stand to learn how to organize your finances better. I know […]
For the first three years of my post-college life, I had this nagging, troubling pain in the pit of my stomach at the end of every month. Will I be able to pay rent this month? Can I pay my credit card bill? I came out of college with no personal finance experience and had […]
Whether you’ve been on your own for a few days or a few years, try to avoid these common money mistakes young people make. Already made them? Don’t be hard on yourself; chances are you just didn’t know better (a big part of money smarts comes from learning from your mistakes).