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Editor’s Corner: What’s Your Definition of Enough?

Editor’s Corner: What’s Your Definition of Enough?

Carl Richards, a Certified Financial Planner® and author of The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money, posed that great question recently on his blog, and it got my attention for a few reasons. First, there’s something about the word ‘enough.’ How does it make you feel? For me, it evokes  a sense of calm, similar to the word ‘simplicity.’ Like you can just take a deep breath and put your feet up for a bit because you feel a little freer and your destination is in view. But also, once you have a real answer to this question, “How do you define enough?”—and a dollar... Read More

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Doing Well By Doing Good: How to Match Your Investments with Your Values

Doing Well By Doing Good: How to Match Your Investments with Your Values

  When certified financial adviser Kenneth Klabunde of Precedent Asset Management asks clients if they’re interested in investing in companies whose values match theirs—such as those that promote diversity or clean energy—or excluding companies for moral or ethical reasons, it’s usually the women who light up, he says. His experience... Read More

Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For

Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For

  I read a quote on the blog, A Wealth of Common Sense (one of my favorites on investing wisdom), that struck me as a powerful way to think about saving. It basically said that we owe ourselves money for the future. A lot of money. And the more we pay up today, the less we owe. At first I wondered, could that concept convince anyone to save?... Read More

Manage Your Money As If You’re a Business: 7 Tips for Being a Great CFO

Manage Your Money As If You’re a Business: 7 Tips for Being a Great CFO

  With the new year coming up in a matter of weeks, it’s a great time to take stock of your financial health, get organized, and make sure you’re on track for 2015. One of the best ways to do that is to start running your household finances as if you were a business, which essentially you are—You, Inc.—with you as the CEO and... Read More

Matching Investments to Your Goals Can Help You Invest More With Less Stress

Matching Investments to Your Goals Can Help You Invest More With Less Stress

  In his work, Robert Schmansky, a Michigan-based financial advisor, meets a lot of women who are nervous about investing, in some cases because they don’t know enough about it or find it confusing, or they don’t want to risk losing what they have. We can all identify, and it’s likely that some of the terminology doesn’t help... Read More

Why Women Fear Success and Why We Shouldn’t

Why Women Fear Success and Why We Shouldn’t

  I feel like we need a big pow-wow on this topic. Research shows that while women fear becoming bag ladies, they also fear success. Specifically, women are afraid that success will alienate them, according to the 2013 Allianz Women, Money, and Power Study. The thinking is that if they earn too much, they won’t be liked. And what ‘s... Read More

Want to Save More? Meet Your Future Self

Want to Save More? Meet Your Future Self

  How many of us are in tune with our future selves? I was happy to raise my hand to that one when I saw some recent research. A recent study that looked at brain activity showed that when we think about our future selves, we may as well be thinking about a stranger because that’s how our brain sees it. If future you is a stranger, you... Read More

Ask an Advisor: Should I Combine Retirement Accounts from Past Employers?

Ask an Advisor: Should I Combine Retirement Accounts from Past Employers?

  This week, five advisors from XY Financial Planning Network weigh in to answer our reader question. Q: I have 3 retirement accounts from past employers.  Is it smarter to combine these accounts into one place?  Do I choose on the basis of who has the least fees? A. “Combining those accounts can be a great way to simplify your life and... Read More

Feel More in Control When it Comes to Investing (Here’s How)

Feel More in Control When it Comes to Investing (Here’s How)

  You invest your hard-earned cash hoping to be rewarded with decent returns that will help you build the fun, fulfilling, secure life you want. So, naturally, as you make that IRA or mutual fund contribution, you say a little prayer to the stock market god to bestow good fortune upon you (who hasn’t?). But there’s a piece of the equation... Read More

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Monday Money Tip: Focus on Growing *This* More Than Your Income

Monday Money Tip: Focus on Growing *This* More Than Your Income

When it comes to creating financial independence, we tend to focus on growing our income. We think that... Read More

What is Your Financial Freedom Number?

What is Your Financial Freedom Number?

(And How to Reach It Faster)

What would it take for you to get to that place where you make choices based on what makes you happy,... Read More

Invest Like a Woman, Starting Today

Invest Like a Woman, Starting Today

It’s no secret these days that women make better investors than men. And men who make good investors... Read More

Are Your ‘Connecting’ Skills Costing You?

Are Your ‘Connecting’ Skills Costing You?

(4 Power-Tips for Better Rapport)

  How do communication skills relate to your financial well-being? If you can connect easily with... Read More

Why You Should Stop Saving for “Retirement” (Sort of)

Why You Should Stop Saving for “Retirement” (Sort of)

  Matt Becker, founder of Mom and Dad Money, wants to put some common concepts out to pasture. While... Read More

Dread Looking at Your Financials? Here’s How To Feel Better About It

Dread Looking at Your Financials? Here’s How To Feel Better About It

  A friend of mine who earns a six-figure salary recently confessed that she’s afraid to sit... Read More

A Simple Investing Tip That Can Save You Money

A Simple Investing Tip That Can Save You Money

  To “celebrate” tax day, I wanted to share a tax tip that can help you boost your investment... Read More

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