Senior associate editor for Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Proud West Virginian. I read a lot of books.

Retirement: When to take a lump sum pension payout - Tulsa World: Columnists — If you have other sources of income in retirement, a lump sum rather than lifetime payouts could be the better option. A lump sum gives you the flexibility to take large withdrawals for unexpected expenses. If you have a life-threatening illness or family history of, say, Alzheimer's, taking a lump sum can provide funds for health care or long-term care.

Being a Neurologist and Writer — I've always wanted to be a writer, so I became a neurologist. In case this isn't intuitive, let me explain. For years, I struggled with the decision to become a doctor or a writer. (Well, when I was six, I wanted to be a professional jump roper, but soon found out this wasn't a viable career option.)

Family finances: Make the most of year-end tax moves - Tulsa World: Columnists — There weren't any big changes in the federal tax code in 2015, and given the ongoing gridlock in Washington, it's unlikely lawmakers will do more than tinker with the code in 2016. That means the standard year-end advice still makes sense for most taxpayers.

How to Withdraw from Your 401(k) Plan in Retirement — The rules for accessing your money are determined by your employer's plan. Thinkstock Whether you can take regular withdrawals from your 401(k) plan when you retire depends on the rules for your employer's plan. Two-thirds of large 401(k) plans allow retired participants to withdraw money in regularly scheduled installments -- say, monthly or quarterly.

Spending: Look sharp, keep in touch - Tulsa World: Money Power — Stitch Fix is designed for women who hate to shop and don't have time to browse for clothes online. Customers fill out a detailed style profile that covers age, measurements, fabric preferences, budget and occupation. For a $20 "style fee," you'll receive a box with five clothing items and accessories.

Family finances: Get a handle on passwords and paper - Tulsa World: Money Power — Who has the time to come up with (and remember) difficult-to-decipher passwords for all of their online accounts? One solution is to use a Web-based password-management system that stores all of your passwords in a single file.

Raise Money for Your Cause Via Crowdfunding — A crowdfunding campaign could raise thousands of dollars-or nothing at all. Here's how to do it right. Thinkstock If you've ever spent a weekend making cookies for a bake sale, selling wrapping paper to neighbors or washing cars for a cause, you know that fund-raising is hard work.
Sep 03, 2015

People are using crowdfunding for everything from charity to start-ups. How to do it right.

Oct 07, 2015

Kickstarter raised $1M for Syrian refugees. My story on crowdfunding for a cause.

6 Online Financial Tools to Simplify Your Life — These days, consumers have a vast array of financial products and services to manage. Consider these digital resources to help you keep track of it all: 1. Automatic bill payment and saving. To keep a record of bill payments and how the money is spent (helpful if you're trying to stick to a budget), check out

Family finances: Money made simple - Tulsa World: Money Power — Back in the day, TVs were all basic black-and-white sets with on-off knobs and a choice of four channels. People saved money in a bank account, carried a department-store charge card and could fit all of their important papers a shoebox. Today's big-screen entertainment centers come with hundreds of channels and multiple remotes.

Family finances: How to fix student loan foul-ups - Tulsa World: Money Power — Senior associate editor Sandra Block recently interviewed Balaji Rajan, CEO of Ceannate Corp., parent company of iontuition, an online tool to help borrowers manage student loans. Borrowers have complained that student loan servicers take too long to process payments and fail to correct errors, says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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Feb 12, 2016

More troubles for Martin Shkreli: he owes the IRS $4.5 million.

Feb 12, 2016

For Valentine's Day, @Perfiguy and @SingletaryM debate prenups, joint accounts and more.

Feb 11, 2016

Jail offers no respite from student loan payments.

Feb 11, 2016

RT @PatEsswein: Cities with super-tight vacancy? San Jose, Fort Collins, Manchester-Nashua, Provo, Lancaster (PA), says #RealtyTrac.

Feb 11, 2016

RT @PatEsswein: #NAR says median price of existing single-family homes rose in 81% of 179 metro areas in 4Q 2015 from year before.

Feb 11, 2016

Scammers prey on borrowers who are desperate to reduce their student loans. @Tompor explains.

Feb 11, 2016

RT @claireeboston: Just a hunch: we'll need a good supply of pained floor trader stock photos today. Prepare yourselves, photo desks

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