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Back to School with Personal Finance

The beginning of a new school year is an opportunity to introduce children to every day financial concepts in a comfortable way. Too often, kids and young adults are exposed to issues around money in ways that are intimidating or negative, even though understanding and managing money is a normal part of a satisfying life.

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Charitable Planning

Many people consider charitable donations as an important part of their regular budgets. These gifts to non-profits are sometimes very spontaneous, with a photo of a sad animal, neglected person, or inspiring social cause resulting in donations of various sizes. But some people approach their charitable giving every year with very specific intention and planning. Giving to causes that you deem worthy can hardly ever seem bad. But there might be some ways to have a greater impact on the issues you see as important. If you’d like to consider a planned approach to charitable giving, here are some steps to consider.

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Women, Divorce, and Money

Basic mathematics will tell you that if a couple divides all their assets and income, they don’t each end up in the same financial situation after the split. If they do this division of finances through a contentious divorce that ends up in court, they each won’t even get half. Women have made progress in getting equal pay for equal work and having fulfilling and lucrative careers, if they so desire. And while men aren’t always the primary earner in a couple, many divorces still result in a woman who does not have a career that will allow her to be self sufficient and who has not been involved in the family finances.

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On Target

Mutual funds are designed to offer a group of investments that meet a stated criteria. This can be a cost efficient way to purchase a diversified portfolio. One type of mutual fund is built around a specific goal in time, like retiring. Here are some basics of how these target funds are set up.

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Financial Tips for Second Marriages

If you’re considering getting remarried, there are some financial issues to address. Whether your previous spouse predeceased you or you divorced, you’re probably bringing some assets and/or debts that predate your current relationship. You owe it to yourself and your new spouse to discuss your money situation together and agree on how to handle finances. You should seriously consider having a pre-marital agreement that details what will meet your joint needs and protect each of you. Many people feel that it’s awkward and unromantic to negotiate a financial agreement. Be aware that if you can’t discuss and agree on financial issues while you’re planning your walk down the aisle, you can rest assured that it will be more difficult to address financial disagreements if your relationship is strained.

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Tips for New Business Owners

Whether you set out to be an entrepreneur or circumstances thrust it upon you, there are many things about running a business that are different than having a job. Do what you’re good at doing in the business. And don’t be afraid to get outside help.

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