Category Archives: Money

Don’t Invest on an Empty Stomach

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We’ve heard (and I know from experience) before that grocery shopping on an empty stomach is bound to lead to carts that are too full (Cap’n Crunch, anyone?) and wallets that are too empty. Other research has shown that attempting to window shop – for non-food-related things – when your stomach is rumbling because you’re […]

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Saving – Not Spending – Makes Consumers Feel Smarter

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They don’t call it smart shopping for nothing but these days it’s not the money we spend that’s making us feel brainy – it’s the money we save. That’s what the researchers from Deloitte and The Harrison group learned. They surveyed 2,000-plus consumers and learned that four out of five say they find saving money […]

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3 Steps to Finding a Job Faster

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The jobs picture is pretty dismal. The official national unemployment rate is still at a relatively high 9.5% – and the underemployment rate at a more alarming 16.5%. But that’s not all of it. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than five applicants for every job. It now takes 35 weeks […]

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Wake Up and Smell the Recession

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Wednesday morning, I – like millions of other readers online and off – read the front page story in The New York Times entitled “American Dream Is Elusive for a New Generation.” It tells the story of you, Scott. How at age 24, you’re still unemployed despite graduating Colgate University (and winning a dean’s award […]

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Incentive Programs – Enough Already?

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Corporations have long used incentives to get customers to fall in line. They offer cut-rate leases or zero-percent financing to get consumers to buy cars now. Parents, by the way, do the very same thing when they offer kids an allowance to do their chores or cold, hard cash for getting good grades. Well, now […]

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Save or Suffer: Why More Is More

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Ask a 40-year-old investor looking at the middling balance in her 401(k) how she feels about it and I’ll bet you she says something like this: “I should have started saving/investing earlier.” Could it be that this generation – this student loan-laden generation – of people in their first jobs has actually gotten the message? […]

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4 Women, 4 Money Points You Need to Know

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I had the pleasure of being a last-minute pinch hitter on the Women and Finance Panel at the 92nd Street Y this past Wednesday, joining Alexandra Lebenthal, Karen Finerman and moderator Julie Menin. (Suze Orman’s emergency appendectomy pulled her away – get well, Suze!) The idea for the evening grew out of informal salons that […]

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To Share or Not to Share: Money and Step-Families

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What’s yours is yours and mine is mine? The Love Goddess saves your savings.

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Does Money Make You Stupid?

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Like many of you, I woke up yesterday to the news that Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was caught on camera accepting money in exchange for access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, who also happens to be the British trade representative. Looking as disheveled as you’d expect someone who had no idea she was […]

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The Connection Between Facebook and Identity Theft

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I got an e-mail message from Amazon.com last week. Seems the order I placed for a t-shirt – one of those screened to look like a tuxedo – had been canceled. “Damn it,” I muttered to myself. “Somebody got me.” I found my way to the “Contact Us” section of Amazon, put the order number […]

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