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How to Overcome Excuses in 2014

By Dan Waldschmidt Great people throughout history often fail, quite miserably, before finally reaching their goals, says international business strategist Dan Waldschmidt. “Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime; Winston Churchill lost every public election until becoming prime minister at age 62; Henry Ford went bankrupt five times; Albert Einstein was a terrible […]

Is It Worth the Money to Get a Flu Shot?

By Jeffrey Strain The flu season only has a few more weeks left, and some people may be wondering whether or not this late in the season it still makes sense to get a flu shot. Health officials in the US are urging anyone who still hasn’t gotten a flu shot to go out and […]

Putting Off Working On Your Tax Return May Cost You, Financial Planner Warns

By Jeff Gorton, CPA, CFP Nearly 150 million Americans will file federal income tax returns this year and, unfortunately, many will be shelling out much more of their hard-earned money than necessary, says veteran financial expert Jeff Gorton. “With the ridiculous complexity of our tax code, I can understand how the average person might want […]

Should Athletes Pay Taxes on Olympic Medal Bonus Money?

By S. Shugars I read the article where Olympic athletes who win medals at the Sochi winter games will have to pay taxes on the money. Almost every person I’ve talked to about this says that it’s wrong, and that they should be able to get this money tax free. Although I know this is […]

Risk, Like Beauty, Is In the Eye of the Beholder: How to assess your own risk level

By Tim McCarthy It always has amazed me how differently people think about what is risky vs. what is safe. Some international investors find currency trading not so risky; yet feel that stocks are too risky to invest in. Some Americans think even the higher quality Growth Countries are too risky to consider and believe […]

4 Retirement Survival Tips for a Volatile Stock Market

By Haitham “Hutch” Ashoo and Chris Snyder More and more Americans – 28 percent in 2013 — say they’re not at all confident they’ll have a comfortable retirement, according to an annual survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Even the wealthiest among us have concerns; 38 percent of U.S. multi-millionaires are not “very confident” […]

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How to Overcome Excuses in 2014

By Dan Waldschmidt Great people throughout history often fail, quite miserably, before finally reaching their goals, says international business strategist Dan Waldschmidt. “Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime; Winston Churchill lost every public election until becoming prime minister at age 62; Henry Ford went bankrupt five times; Albert Einstein was a terrible […]

More Women Confess to Hiding Purchases

By Kelly Dilworth (CreditCards.com) Several times a month, my husband and I sit down at our computer, open up the personal finance software Quicken and audit our personal spending. The semi-weekly ritual has helped us spot problems with our spending early on (such as our frequent trips to the luxury grocer a few blocks from […]

Retailers Face Pressure to Boost Cybersecurity Spending

By Dhanya Skariachan and Phil Wahba (Reuters) Target’s decision to speed up a $100 million program to adopt the use of chip-enabled smart cards is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to what retailers need to do to defend themselves against future cyber attacks, according to security experts and IT service providers. […]

Credit is getting easier to find, Fed says

By Tim Mullaney (USA Today) The nation’s banks are slowly loosening the reins on credit, a survey of bank lending executives by the Federal Reserve said Monday. The clearest changes in the last three months came in commercial lending and in personal loans other than mortgages, the central bank said in a quarterly report released […]

5 Ways to get a Bigger Tax Refund This Year

By Barbara Weltman Knowing what you’re entitled to write off on your tax return might seem complex and mysterious, but it doesn’t have to be. This year, popular write-offs include deductions for alimony payments, moving expenses (if the move is related to a job relocation or self-employment) and IRA and health savings account contributions. Tax […]

Hacking & ID Theft: Are You Next?

By Scott A. Merritt At least 110 million consumers were affected by the hack involving Target and Neiman Marcus retailers. Whether or not millions more will have their identities manipulated and finances ruined within the coming months due to more breaches of security at other stores is anyone’s guess, says identity theft recovery expert Scott […]

How Bad Moves on Social Media Could Damage Your Credit Score

By Erin Lowry Dramatically quitting your job via viral video might seem appealing after your boss starts screaming at you — again– but for the sake of your credit score, it’s probably not a good idea. According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, lending companies and Fair Isaac (FICO) might soon start […]

7 Things Tax Preparers Wish You Would Do

By Geoff Williams Between now and April 15, as you start preparing your taxes, the best thing you can do for your wallet is think about how you can make life easier for your tax preparer. Another way to put it: You can present your preparer with a pile of unorganized receipts and get through […]

Yale, Harvard, and Other Colleges to Court More Low-income Students

By Blake Ellis Yale, Harvard and some of the nation’s other most expensive and prestigious colleges are unveiling plans to boost enrollments of low-income students. At a White House summit on college costs Thursday, President Obama announced that 100 colleges and universities plan to either accept more low-income students, provide more assistance to ensure these […]

Retirement planning: How Millennials Can Build-Up a Better Nest Egg

By Jack Hudson When speaking about retirement savings, time has proven to be the most important allies or the worst possible adversary. Millennials and their nest egg For many Millennials, building-up a sturdy nest egg isn’t necessarily on their list of priorities. Millenials have a tendency to infer that retirement planning is something that could […]

A Guide for Women on Saving Money While Buying a Car

By Nik Donovic More than half of all vehicle purchases in the United States are made by women, and a whopping 95% of them list safety as their most important consideration when buying a car. Women seem to understand that safety features not only help drivers avoid car accidents, but they also help minimize injury […]

Low-Tech Holiday Gifts the Grandkids Will Remember

By Ted Bernstein Kids get their first cell phone by age 12, and more than a third of them have smart phones. Nine out of 10 teens have a computer and 97 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds play video games. More than half the homes in the United States have a fairly new video game […]

How to Financially Survive Your Golden Years

By Chris Orestis Americans are living longer these days from an average 47 years in 1900 to more than 78 years as of 2010. We are also experiencing a deluge of adults reaching retirement age now that includes 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day. By 2030, when the last of the baby boomers have […]