When my husband and I were expecting our daughter, we casually began to talk about college savings. In June 2015, we met our little girl and started entertaining the idea of having another University of North Carolina grad in the … Read more
When I was growing up, the shopping authority in my family was Consumer Reports. As we shopped for cars, washing machines, or cassette players with Dolby stereo, we’d wield the magazine like a talisman to protect us from lemons.… Read more
A few months ago, my husband and I experienced debit card fraud. Reviewing our bank account online, I noticed a series of strange ATM withdrawals that we didn’t make. The withdrawals were substantial, adding up to a few thousand dollars. … Read more
Please tell me whether this statement is true. Buying a single company’s stock usually provides a safer return than a stock mutual fund.
c) Don’t know.
d) Refuse to answer.
The answer, of course, is b. … Read more
People don’t often share their investment mistakes. Can you recall the last time a friend or colleague mentioned how inept they are at managing their investments? First, most polite people have been raised not to openly discuss their finances. Second, … Read more
Graduation season is upon us, and you, like me, may be pondering what to get our loved ones. Thinking back, I remember four letters that meant a lot to me when I was graduating: C-A-S-H! But that’s too boring. This … Read more
In sixth grade, I’d take my allowance to Phil’s Pizza, exchange the bills for quarters, and feed a week’s worth of funds into the Pac-Man machine. Within 15 minutes, I was broke. To behavioral economists, I was a case study … Read more
At 39 years old, I was unprepared for breast cancer. With no family history of the disease, I had my first mammogram about a year ago. Two days later, I received a call suggesting that I return to the office … Read more