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Solutions for Investment Procrastination, Part 3

Target date retirement funds are the third tool that might help you get things done where investing is concerned. Like index mutual funds and automatic rebalancing that I wrote about previously, this is a tool that might simplify your investment decisions...

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How Do We Decide When to Start Our Social Security Benefits?

Deciding when to take your Social Security benefits requires understanding your choices and recognizing the emotions that go into the decision. Like many decisions about money, if we are not conscious of our feelings we may be overly influenced by them and not pay enough attention to the numbers. Suzanne Shu and John Payne's research study as described in...

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How to Buy the Bling That Will Make Her Sing! -A Gentleman's Guide to Purchasing the Perfect Engagement Ring

Please welcome guest blogger – Kyle Grabenstetter. Kyle is a former Financial Wellness Peer Educator from the University of Illinois Extension Financial Wellness Program from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. As most guys know, buying the perfect engagement ring for one's significant other is something that requires time, thought and care in regard to a number...

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Finding Fares for Flights

I am by no means a travel expert; however I have done quite a significant amount of traveling in my time. In the last year alone - I have booked 17 round trip flights. I try to be extra savvy when I shop for flights – as I hate to pay more for tickets than may seem fiscally necessary. Below are some ways I have saved money on my flights that may help you this holiday season. Wat...

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Are Car loans the next mortgage crisis?

I was reading the money section of a national newspaper today when I saw that car loans are being written now for 7 years or 84 months. That's a long time. I remember when the latest and greatest thing was the 48 month car loan. It opened up a wide range of car buying opportunities especially for the young adult. It meant that I could buy a little better car than the old "beater" that I could a...

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