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How To Pass On Benefits of A Stimulus Check

Recently a client called with this dilemma: “I’m probably going to get one of those government checks. But I don’t need it. I’d be embarrassed to take it. How can I return it?” The government checks in question are the direct payments to individuals that are part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security […]

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When Parents Can’t Say No: Financial Enabling

“Pleeeeeze?” Your nine-year-old daughter has spent her allowance but is begging you to buy her a toy she “just has to have.” “I really will pay you back this time. I promise.” Your 30-something son, despite a history of non-payment that would make a banker flinch, is asking for another loan to get him out […]

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How to Help Grandkids Pay for College

One financial goal held by many of my clients is to help pay for their grandkids’ education. This generosity can foster gratitude and family closeness. Unfortunately, it can also foster resentment and family misunderstandings. Here are some suggestions for helping with grandchildren’s college expenses in positive and supportive ways: 1. Be fair. This doesn’t necessarily […]

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Only Two Real Money Choices: Spend or Give

A colleague recently reminded me that there are ultimately two things we can do with money: spend it or give it away. That’s it. At first glance, this seems too simplistic. What about saving? What about investing for our future security? What about creating wealth?

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Giving and Happiness: A Complicated Partnership

Recently a reader suggested I write about the relationship between giving and happiness, noting that research shows people who give to charity are happier. One such study from Harvard Business School in 2009 is titled “Feeling Good About Giving.” It not only found a link between giving and happiness, but highlighted some thought-provoking issues about […]

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