Travel

Take a Vacation – It’s Good for the Economy!

We tend to focus on the personal benefits of using our paid vacation days – and understandably so! Taking time off can help you relax, recharge, and get out of your day-to-day routine. But, larger trends in how the American workforce as a whole uses, or doesn’t use, earned vacation days can have a major […]

Family

We Need to Talk… About Money

Having a hard time discussing money? You’re not alone. For many Americans, it can seem like it’s harder to discuss money than it is to talk about death. We need to get over this taboo. Why? Because whether you’re part of a couple, on your own, raising kids, or caring for aging parents, you – […]

Family

Be a Good Financial Role Model and Turn Your Kids into Savers

Responsible financial management is not innate. Most kids aren’t born savers and some can struggle with the concept of deferred gratification. It can take real dedication to invest for the future (for adults and children alike) particularly when there are so many distractions at hand. If you have children of your own or spend time […]

Retirement

Save for Retirement, or Pay for College?

If you just landed a raise or received an inheritance, saving that extra income is a great idea. But do you put the money toward paying for your child’s education or paying for your retirement? Here are few considerations from each perspective to help you decide. Why to Prioritize Retirement Savings During your golden years, you […]

Career

The Costs and Benefits of Learning a New Language

It’s no big surprise that, in general, foreign language skills in the U.S. are a rarity. English is one of the most dominant languages spoken globally, which helps to explain why many of us here can get by with only speaking English — even when we travel out of the country! If we look at […]

Retirement

5 Ways To Get Your Retirement Nest Egg Back On Track

The Great Recession was hard on many Americans’ portfolios. For Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers the blow to account balances was particularly painful, keeping many in jobs longer than expected. Don’t fret if retirement is on the horizon but you’re still playing catch-up with your accounts. The following moves can help get your retirement savings plan […]

Travel

Make Over the River & Through the Woods a Little More Fun

This year, more than 90 million people will be traveling over the holidays—and at least 90% of those travelers will be driving. That’s a lot of alphabet games and family time in the car! Make sure the car’s good to go You can use this checklist of some important things to remember before hitting the […]

Family

Motivating Teenagers to Save Money

How to motivate teenagers to save Motivating teenagers to do something—anything—isn’t always easy. But when it comes to saving money, it can be well worth the effort. Not only can you help them put funds aside for that proverbial rainy day, but you can help them build sound financial habits that can last a lifetime. […]

Family

FAQ: How Can I Convince My Kids That Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees?

Parents often say that their children don't understand the real value of money. And often they're right. But once you've identified the problem, the next challenge is teaching kids the rules of responsible money management One approach is to have your children participate in paying for the toys, games, or other things they want. You […]

Family

The Cost of Owning a Pet in America

Every year, people in America adopt more dogs than the previous year. With the number of puppy owners steadily on the rise, let’s explore just how good a dog’s world is for the economy. Discover how much it costs to be a dog lover, from food bowls to vet fees.