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Why you should let your kids play with real cash, not Monopoly money

washingtonpost.com — How to create savvy consumers who are less likely to take on debt and more prone to saving? Some consumer groups say the key is to start young, very young. That was the main message from a council tasked with coming up with ideas for improving the financial habits of young consumers.

How ordinary bond investors would be hurt by a default in Puerto Rico

washingtonpost.com — The governor of Puerto Rico said this week he does not think the commonwealth will be able to back more than $70 billion in debt, a scenario that could lead to unprecedented consequences for the island and the rest of the United States. How much should investors be concerned?

Active vs. Passive: How fund managers stack up to index funds

washingtonpost.com — It's the quintessential question in the investing world: Is it better to go with a cheaper index fund that simply tracks the market? Or should you turn to a more expensive, actively-managed fund where a portfolio manager - a good one at least - might be able to bring in a bigger return?

How employers’ efforts to get more people to save for retirement may backfire

washingtonpost.com — One of the biggest hurdles people face when it comes to saving for retirement is inertia - they want to save but they just haven't gotten to it yet. Companies are tackling that by automatically enrolling workers in retirement plans and giving them the option to cut back if they feel they can't afford it.

A quarter of Americans are one emergency away from financial ruin

washingtonpost.com — With people less worried these days about losing their jobs, Americans are feeling much better about their finances. Yet after the bills are paid, many people struggle to keep extra cash in the bank. Roughly one in four, or 29 percent, of people don't have money set aside to cover emergencies, up from 26 percent last year, according to an annual survey from Bankrate.com.

7 foods you’re wasting money on that you could be making at home

washingtonpost.com — One of the first steps to saving money on food is to cut down on the fancy nights out and cook at home. So if you're already doing that, congratulations! But you could probably be saving even more.

Financial planning for grown-ups (really)

washingtonpost.com — On a Friday night at the supper club, they swirled, sniffed and sipped at least three kinds of wine while eating local farm-to-table fare: greens, maple glazed pulled chicken with spicy tomato and mini chocolate fudge cake with peanut butter sauce. It looked like any other wine tasting in Brookline, a wealthy suburb of Boston.

How the super rich invest their money

smh.com.au — Rich people are raising the stakes. The wealthy are now keeping more of their money in stocks than any other asset class, according to a report out Wednesday that offers a glimpse into the investing habits and concerns of the ultra-rich.

How the super rich invest their money

washingtonpost.com — Rich people are raising the stakes. The wealthy are now keeping more of their money in stocks than any other asset class, according to a new report out Wednesday that offers a glimpse into the investing habits and concerns of the ultra-rich.

Five of the most important facts everyone gets wrong about Social Security

washingtonpost.com — There's no denying that Social Security is confusing. But many people - including those close to retirement age - struggle to grasp even the basics. Only 28 percent of people passed a 10-question true or false quiz on Social Security benefits, according to a study by MassMutual Life Insurance Company.
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