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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

January 11, 2011 - LaVonda - 1 comment

To many this question is only the name of a popular television game show, but for others it is a retirement goal. If it’s your goal, I’ll bet you’ve wondered just how to get there.   For one thing, you have to make retirement a priority and start saving now. The earlier... Continue reading »

Which Online Finance Tools Do You Use?

December 16, 2010 - Al - 1 comment

Every month it seems there’s a new personal finance website offering something unique, from budgeting to paying off debt to improving your credit score to boosting your saving habits. We don’t endorse specific sites but I wanted to see a roundup of some recent broad reviews... Continue reading »

Little Girl Blues

November 23, 2010 - Erika C. - 0 comments

When you’re a little kid, saving for anything can seem like an impossible feat. But if you grew up in a home like mine — where money didn’t grow on trees — you learned how to make it possible.   One of my first lessons in money management happened on my 10th birthday. I... Continue reading »

Rethinking Holiday Gifts: One Way to Shrink Your Spending

November 9, 2010 - Al - 1 comment

Have you ever wondered, “What if we all stopped buying holiday gifts for each other?” Probably not something you’d say out loud, but it might be what some people think when the holidays roll around.   And it’s similar to an argument that economist Joel Waldfogel makes in... Continue reading »

Being Socially Responsible with Your Money?

November 4, 2010 - Al - 1 comment

Should you consider your personal ethics when choosing companies to invest in just like you might be choosy about which stores you frequent, what foods you buy, and, heck, how you live your life in general? Well, socially responsible investing (SRI) refers to a whole... Continue reading »

With Investing, You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For

September 16, 2010 - Al - 1 comment

I’ve stressed before the importance of fees in evaluating mutual funds. There have been numerous studies showing how a mutual fund’s expense ratio is likely to be the most important (but not only) factor you should consider. The investment research company Morningstar... Continue reading »

Look Beyond the Stars

July 15, 2010 - Al - 0 comments

I’m planning a vacation this summer that I would love to tell you about because…well, I digress. But you better believe I’m looking at ratings and rankings for hotels and restaurants, etc. Understandably, investors look at ratings when picking mutual funds (see, I warned you... Continue reading »

Budgetball on the Mall: Recap

June 29, 2010 - Erika C. - 2 comments

For those of you who missed my previous blog on Budgetball: here’s a recap. On May 21, my organization participated in the Second Annual Budgetball Tournament on the Mall, sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration. Budgetball is an innovative sport that... Continue reading »