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Year: 2012

Having the money talk: Know your money personality

In that conversation when you checked whether your beloved is an “Aquarius” or “Pisces” you’d have done well to learn how your money “signs” matched, too. Money differences have real consequences. We talked to South Dakota financial planner Rick Kahler, an expert on...

Having the money talk: Why you need to go bare about money

Marriage should be good for your finances. Two live more cheaply than one. Couples often pay less for health and other insurance and are more likely to save. But money problems are also a top reason for divorce. Because the money talk often isn’t easy, couples tend to...

Why You Can’t Afford Poor Health Habits

Does $40 a month for a fitness center membership seem beyond your budget? Do you cringe at the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables? Is your wallet too lean to let you buy lean protein? And the cost of a medical checkup is something you don’t even want to think...

Timing and the Capital Gains Tax Increase

Are you considering selling your home? Or a piece of investment property? With the probable increase in the capital gains tax in 2013, it may be a good idea to sell it before the end of the year. Or not. There’s a discussion of the pros and cons in a recent...

Don’t Over-React To Falling Dollar

According to a September 27 article by Elizabeth O’Brien at SmartMoney.com, many financial advisors believe “The Fed’s aggressive moves to stimulate the economy spell long-term weakness for the dollar.” The article, “Alternatives to the...