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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Will the Death of Senator Ted Kennedy Impact the Obama Healthcare Bill?

If you are like me, until recently, you have probably half-heartedly followed the news reports on healthcare reform. I thought I'd wait until the dust settled and a more finalized draft of the healthcare bill had been developed before I weighed in. Needless to say, I was very surprised to hear all the uproar about less than pleasant protests taking place all over the country. I decided maybe I'...

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Where do you go for financial information?

This question comes up regularly between my colleagues and me. When you're in the business of financial education, it matters where people go to ask questions about money. Where do you go? If you want to find out about IRAs or the new credit laws or how to choose a mutual fund, do you visit a website, read a newspaper, check...

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Global Balance in Your Portfolio

I am writing this from Beijing, China where I am traveling with my 15-year old daughter, Annie. I travel to India fairly often because I am doing research there and India and China share the characteristic of being large economies with significant economic growth, particularly over the past 10 or so years. China has experienced the higher rate of economic growth and it reports official figures of...

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Landscaping Your Home Garden on the Cheap

I was a little surprised to see an article in the August issue of Money Magazine titled "Cure the Summer Landscape Blues." But it reminded me that I've been a true cheapskate when it comes to my garden. So I thought I'd share a few of my strategies with you. I have re-used or repurposed so many things in my garden- plants, hardscape, even sod and dirt. If I'm removing sod...

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