Finance Basics

FDIC vs. SIPC: Protecting Your Money

Navigating and truly understanding the world of finance can be challenging. Aside from deciding where to put your money, there’s the added puzzle of trying to decode what all those darn acronyms mean. From IRA and ETF to APR versus APY and the NYSE (if you’re not familiar, that’s the New York Stock Exchange), it’s […]

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Your Three-Minute Guide to Simple Interest

With many things in life — your favorite recipes, your morning routine — it pays to keep things, well … simple. That’s especially true when it comes to borrowing money or saving it. Simple interest is a term you might’ve heard before, but you might not fully understand how it works. Not to mention how […]

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6 Questions to Help You Actually Have ‘The Money Talk’ Without Freaking Out

In the beginning of a budding romance, finances can be the farthest thing from your mind. Before you take things to the next level (i.e. moving in together), it’s imperative to get on the same page about how the two of you will approach spending, saving, debt, and budgeting as a couple. And perhaps for […]

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How to Prepare For (and Get Through) Unexpected Money Emergencies

The unexpected can cause a financial crisis in any household. And, unfortunately, they tend to come on quick. Cue a natural disaster, like a hurricane, or widespread economic downturn, like the market crash in 2008, or a government shutdown. Even a sudden job loss or an illness—any of these could lead to a disruption in […]

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Newlyweds’ Guide to Financially ‘Happily Ever After’

After months of planning (do you really need a double boiler on your registry?) to saying, “I do,” to writing thank you notes— finally— you’re able to slip into newlywed bliss. You can keep the lovey-dovey grin on your face. We know. You’re not naïve. Couples bicker. As Noah so eloquently told Allie in “The […]

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Can You Define These 8 Personal Finance Terms?

Calling all personal finance nerds! Test your financial IQ with this quiz. Watch out for those abbreviations. When you’re done, see how you rate against people like you. What is the Ally Dejargonator? When it comes to your money, everything is dollars and cents. But when financial experts start talking, do you struggle to make […]

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15 Things to Do for a Financially Stable You

We know it’s not always easy to get in the personal finance mode. But picking just one or two of the these things to do (and seeing them through) can make a big difference in your financial stability. Here are 15 ways to help you ring in a new financial you, full of possibilities, and […]

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How to Automate Your Finances to Reach Your Goals

Stop wasting your hard earned cash on late fees and start automatically saving money before you have a chance to spend it. Thanks to auto pay, auto transfer, and auto investment technology, you can save hours each month on money management, and use your newfound free time to focus on all the things you’d rather […]

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Dear Saver: Here’s What You Need to Know About Money

Your first “financial advisor” might’ve taught you that you should save for a rainy day. Or that a penny saved is a penny earned. Thankful as you are for those words of advice, have you ever thought about how you’re going to pay it forward? Sharing with others your money lessons learned can help people navigate […]

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Who First Taught You About Money? Lessons Learned from Real-Life Savers

Life is full of a lot of firsts. Your first car. The first time you traveled abroad. And who can forget their first love? But what about your first “financial advisor?” This person is probably not even a professional financial advisor. And depending on who it is, he or she may or may not hold […]

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