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The Best Free Online Courses to Help With Your Finances

GIF<p>You don’t have to learn everything about money at once, but a course can teach you a lot of useful information at a reasonable pace. Especially if …

Child Marriage Still Happens in America

Every year in the United States, thousands of teens are pushed into marriage — and often face horrific abuse as a result. Here, three survivors share their stories.<p>Anna Jones* was 16 years old the day she walked into her mother's bathroom and told her she was leaving. Her mother leapt out of the …

New Jersey

Why keeping all your money in your checking account is dumb

While it can be a great tool for managing your finances, you have to make sure you're using it wisely.<p>One thing people tend to do wrong with their checking accounts is treat it like a savings account. Keeping a huge stash of cash in your account can give you a sense of security but it can actually …

Personal Finance

The 8 Classic Personal Finance Books You Must Read

Money conscious readers from all generations should brush up on their personal finance knowledge by adding some books on the subject to their summer …

How to Deal with Student Loan Debt

This video chat provides grads and students with practical ways to deal with student loan debt.<p><b>Topics Discussed:</b><p>2014 Student Debt Statistics<br>• Common …

Personal Finance

Improve Your Money Skills with These Free Resources

Looking to whip your money habits into shape, but don't know where to start? In honor of Financial Literacy Month, here are some free resources …

How to Start Investing in Stocks

If you think you are ready to start investing, it can seem daunting knowing where to begin. The following article gives you a step-by step …

Investing

17 Personal Finance Books You Need to Read This Year

Many people are hitting the gyms hard in January — but have you considered your financial fitness plan for 2014? To help you bulk up your finances …

The Best Photography Apps for iPhone: 2014 Edition

The iPhone has a fantastic camera, but to truly get the best experience, you want to grab a few extra apps. Here's what every iPhone photographer can …

The 5 Habits You Must Break to Become More Self-Confident

If you search "how to be confident" on Google, you'll find a collection of familiar advice. Talk nicer to yourself. Think positive thoughts. Try …

Best Online Savings Accounts

You might already know that online banks offer perks that aren’t available at your local brick-and-mortar branch. In fact, an online savings account …

5 Offbeat Ways to Save Money That Are Actually Fun

The holidays are over and it’s time to get started on that new year’s resolution about getting your finances in order and beefing up your savings …

What is a Money Market Account?

Right now, we’re still in a low-rate environment. For savers, that results in a great deal of frustration. In the quest for better yield, many savers …

8 Easy Ways Anyone Can Make Money

Whether you are a college student or a stay at home parent, thanks to the Internet, there are ways that you can make money without leaving your home. …

How to Get Your Resume Past the Resume Filter

Job seekers upload their resumes to online hiring systems in hopes of snagging interviews and landing jobs. Too often, though, nothing happens. …

7 Strategies for Growing Your Savings Account to $1 Million

Although there is little functional difference between $999,999 and $1 million, the round number of a million dollars is appealing and saving $1 …

5 Common Investing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

I have been using a new free tool called Personal Capital for a few weeks now and I am really impressed by it (if you are familiar with Mint.com, it …

Retirement

Best Investments For A Strong Retirement

Retirees, understandably, are concerned with largely two things: safety and income. Retirement investments often combine these features, but at a cost.<p>Because you’ll live longer in retirement than you expect, often the best investments for a strong retirement are not costly funds and insurance …

Best Short Term Investments for Your Money

Do you have some money you need to invest for a short period of time? Maybe you’re saving up for a house and want to earn a little bit of return …

Personal Finance

Questions to Ask Before Opening a Savings Account

Savings accounts are one of the basic, foundational building blocks for any sound financial plan. But savings accounts are also complex financial …

What Income Do You Need to Report to the IRS?

One of the realities of earning more money is that you also need to report that income to the IRS. When you have a side hustle, you are supposed to …

Your 2014 Guide to the Banks with the Best Interest Rates

Sifting through the thousands of interest rates offered by financial institutions across the country can be an exhausting endeavor. The latest study …