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Money Management

Identity Theft Is No Laughing Matter

The style of a recent email I received from a client made me laugh—even though the subject matter wasn’t funny. “Hi Rick! We received a letter from Discover denying an application for their credit card due to our credit history. We did not apply for their card. I told...

Financial New Year’s Resolutions: Bah, Humbug!

Financial New Year’s resolutions are a common phenomenon this time of year—especially for anyone who overdid the holiday spending and who knows the new year is going to bring a new batch of credit card bills. Probably one of the most common financial resolutions is:...

Your Biggest Holiday Expense Could Be a Hidden Cost

Consider your Christmas shopping list. What was the most expensive single item on it? That special gift for your partner? The latest electronic gizmo for your teenager? Your family’s holiday travel? Certainly, with inflation hitting a 40-year high, all these items...

How To Enjoy More Conscious Giving

This time of year, we are surrounded by opportunities to give. Both our email inboxes and our snail mailboxes are jammed with solicitations for donations to charities, food banks, religious organizations, arts organizations, and more. We can give locally, nationally,...

Couples With Income Inequality, Part 2

Last week I described three common dynamics in couples where one partner is much wealthier than the other. Those are the “Funder and Beneficiary” where the wealthy partner pays for everything, the “Proportional Spenders” who contribute based on their income, and the...

Reduce Your Risk For Life-Shattering Financial Crisis

Last week I addressed the gravity of the increased risk of suicide after experiencing a personal financial crisis. This underscores the seriousness with which we all need to approach making financial decisions, especially those involving high-risk speculative...