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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Planning for what if ...?

Pay the bills, cook dinner, help with homework ... we get the daily "to dos" done (mostly) but do we take time to plan for the future? Today I was teaching a lesson called Planning for "What If...?" as in what if I'm disabled or divorced? Or, what if I die? And, as I was talking about the importance of making sure that your legal documents are up-to-date, it occurred to me that my...

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Recession? Depression? Or just a volatile market? Here's help for your upset stomach.

Unless you've been living in a cave for the last little while, you cannot have missed all the stock market news. I'll leave it to the media and economists to debate the likelihood of a recession and to make predictions about the future. I want to talk about how this is affecting you as an investor. How's your stomach for this kind of investment risk? And are you doing the right things t...

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Human Capital and Your Financial Capital: The Diversification Factor

This is Paul McNamara writing and I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as an Extension Specialist (Consumer Economics) with University of Illinois Extension. Outside of the University and Extension, I am married and my wife and I have six children. I have practical experience in budgeting a...

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Taking control of holiday credit card debt

Good morning – thought I would chime in on the Plan Well, Retire Well Blog .   I am an University of Illinois Extension Educator, as Karen mentioned in her last blog,and I work out of the Champaign Center. The other morning at 6:30 a.m. (yawn!), I was live on TV at WICD Channel 15 talking about credit card debt leftovers from the holidays. I had a TOTAL of 2 minutes and 20...

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One more blog about money and retirement

I recently did a search to see how many financial blogs there are with URLs ending in .edu. I was a little surprised that I found only a couple, although there are scads of them on commercial websites. Our team of four financial educators has decided to fill that gap!   The Cooperative Extension Service, of which we are a part, is charged with providing research based, unbiased...

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