Archive for November, 2009

Don’t miss the tax cuts and credits offered under President Obama’s stimulus plan. Here’s a  brief roundup: Cars: If you bought a car under the Cash for Clunkers program, you received a voucher worth $3,500 or $4,500. That amount was deducted from the price. No federal income tax is due. Deductions are also available for […]

Some people retire early by choice. Some reluctantly take a buyout package (they see the handwriting on the wall). Some lose their jobs before they’re ready. Whatever your situation, early retirement takes a lot of discipline. You might live another 40 years or more and don’t want your money to run down before you do. […]

I probably shouldn’t admit it, but I’ve always been bad about saving money whenever willpower was involved. You have my total admiration if you can actually “pay yourself first” by writing a check to your savings account every time a paycheck comes in. I’ve tried it and failed. Some months, that check got written. Some […]

Today’s housing market is made up of equal parts of joy and pain. Pain, for the people losing homes or paying the mortgage on homes worth half of what they paid. And joy for first-time homebuyers who can’t believe the bargains they see. If you’ve been a renter and saved up a decent down payment—10 […]

Buy life insurance only if you really need it. That sounds so sensible that you probably wonder why I bother saying it at all. But I see thousands of people wasting good money on policies they don’t need and will probably cancel—all because they fell into the hands of an insurance agent. Agents think that […]

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The Number by Lee Eisenberg

THE book to read, when you’re puzzling over how much to save for retirement.

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