Personal Finance

401k
Oct 16th, 2014

Why Should You Use a 401(k)?

Ed note: You can save for retirement. Or buy that new TV right now. Much of financial planning is about keeping your sights on the long game instead of immediate gratification. It’s not easy, but Ben Edwards is here with some great reasons that kind of thinking will pay off. Leer en español. You may […]

401k
Oct 15th, 2014

What is a 401(k)?

At its core, a 401(k) an investment tool for retirement. It is a type of plan called a “defined contribution plan.” Leer en español. You put money into an account that is then invested in stocks, bonds, money market accounts and more. You work with a company – like Fidelity Investments or Vanguard – to […]

Budget Challenge
Oct 2nd, 2014

Financial Literacy and Education, By the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Where are your kids learning about money? Whether it’s budgeting, credit cards or taxes, they are most likely learning about financial topics from you – their parent. In fact, 75% of high schoolers have said most of their money knowledge comes from their parents. Now the big question. What are you teaching them? We look […]

discussion
Sep 22nd, 2014

4 Money Conversations to Have Before You Get Married

Ed note: Money is one of those things you may have been told you aren’t “supposed” to talk about – right up there with religion and politics. However, it’s one of the most important discussions you need to have before getting married. Erin Huffstetler has a step-by-step guide to help you out. Leer en español. Money […]

banking
Aug 22nd, 2014

Emerald Card Myths Busted

What do you think of when you hear “prepaid debit card?” Maybe you think it’s just for teenagers. Or that it isn’t any different from a credit card. Maybe you have no idea what it is at all! Leer en español. Prepaid cards can be useful financial tools for anyone. They help prevent overdrafts and […]

cancel
Jul 31st, 2014

If Your Big Day Goes Bust – Make Sure Your Finances Don’t Too

The problem with canceling – or postponing – a wedding is that we rarely plan for such a circumstance. Like many things in life, it seems ill fated to actually prepare for the worst, as if by admitting it’s a possibility it will actually come true. Leer en español. The fact of the matter is: […]