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Put the Future Value of Money to work

We all need an incentive to save. Dr. Robert Weagley from the University of Missouri's Office for Financial Success brilliantly charts the Future Value of Money.

The moral of the story? Start saving. NOW. No matter where you're at. Then don't touch it. Review your monthly statements and watch your starting balance grow.

Read the full article & see the simple chart.  Get inspired.

Your 10-step plan to financial recovery

When you've hit bottom, there's nowhere to go but up. Here's how to get on the road to financial well-being.
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Planting for future

Darin Stanley, 28, says he's had a hankering to farm since he was 12 and moved to a farm east of Conrad after his mother remarried.
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MyRA — Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

A day after President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for the Treasury Department to create a “starter” savings account, experts are weighing whether it will be worthwhile or just another ignored investment tool.

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Considering a Roth IRA? Check state taxes first

If you live in a high-tax state such as New York but plan to retire to an income-tax haven like Florida, a Roth IRA may not make sense.
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The magic of compound interest

Saving even just a small amount of money every week can eventually turn into a sizable pile of cash over time.
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5 credit tips for college students

There's a lot to do when you go off to college, and managing credit is usually far down the to-do list. It's important to learn how to use credit cards, though.
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Money Smart for Elementary School Students

The Money Smart for Elementary School Students module introduces key personal finance concepts to children ages 5-8. This resource includes age-appropriate activities designed to teach children about "paying yourself first," "wants versus needs," and other important lessons from the Money Smart curriculum. Money Smart for Elementary School Students consists of two key components: a teacher’s manual for use by anyone leading a group of youngsters in a discussion about money and a coloring/activity book for the students.

3 card benefits you pay for but don't use

What good are the perks in your credit card agreements if you ignore them?
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5 debt management mistakes you probably make

Paying down debt is a lot easier if you eliminate these financial practices.
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This 'shocking' strategy will save your portfolio

Too many investors buy into sexy gimmicks when simple diversification remains the best way to get the most out of your investments.
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Is your portfolio a tax time-bomb?

Last year's incredible returns could be this year's tax problem. Here are some strategies to minimize the tax impact of those big gains.
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Grants Help Military Families Buy Homes

More than 200 military families in 39 states received grants last year from the nonprofit Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation to help with the down payment and closing costs to buy homes — generally their first homes, according to foundation officials.

Pentagon Federal’s Dream Makers program will match, three-to-one, the amount of money that military families contribute to their own mortgage financing, up to $5,000. The minimum amount required for families to contribute is $500.

Tools To Shore Up Retirement Savings

retirement ageThe road to retirement may seem uncomfortably short, particularly if you’re in your 50s and

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25 annual expenses to budget for now

You know the routine by now -- certain bills come due at certain times of the year. Here's how to make sure you're prepared for the next 12 months.
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Consumer's guide to breaking up with your bank

The fees have really piled up lately, you and your bank have been drifted apart. Here's how to make a clean break and find a new home for your money.
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Chasing growth stocks? Lessons from the pros

Sky-high valuations are back as the allure of stable dividend stocks fades and investors seek out -- and pay up for -- companies that can disrupt their industries.
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Give Today’s Retirees a ‘D’ — for Debt

What’s quickly eating up a growing share of retirees’ money these days? Not health care, as you might expect, according to a new report by the National Center for Policy Analysis.

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How to spot -- and stop -- insurance scams

Anywhere you find money, you can usually find con artists and fraud -- and that's certainly the case in the health insurance industry. Here are details of some scams you should guard against.
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8 costly mistakes on your credit card agreement

When it comes to your credit cards, it can pay big to read the fine print closely.
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