Category Archives: Ch.18, Financial Life Events

The Impact of the Recent Downturn on the Wealth Distribution in America

The downturn in the economy that we are still trying to dig out of did not impact all Americans equally.  A recent article in the Washington Post titled “As Economy Recovers, the Richest Get Richer, Study Shows” looks at a … Continue reading

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Your Financial Personality – Taming Your Emotions When Investing – an Audio Discussion

When it comes to investing – your financial personality, which is a reflection of your attitude about money based on your behavioral and emotional traits, tends to get in the way of good decision making.  When it comes to money, … Continue reading

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Living Beyond Your Means?

There’s no question about it, it’s easier to spend than it is to save.  Saving isn’t a natural event – it must be planned.  Let’s face it, many people don’t save, and on top of that they spend more than … Continue reading

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Payday Loans and Why to Avoid Them

As you learned in Chapter 7 of Personal Finance, Turning Money into Wealth, you should be wary of “payday loans.” Recently, banks have moved into this market with “bank deposit advance loans” which look an awful like payday loans – … Continue reading

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The Lifetime Cost of Pets

Teaching Tip:  If you can show the Infographic the “Lifetime Cost of Pets,” you can begin this discussion by asking which students have, or are considering, adopting a pet.  Then ask everyone in class to write down a guess as … Continue reading

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Paying Off Your Debt

Teaching Tip:  “Bridge to Financial Freedom, 7 Steps to Paying Off Your Debt” is a great Infographic and makes a for an excellent class discussion or short lecture.  It can be projected on a screen in class and talked through … Continue reading

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How Best to Pay Off Your Debt

There’s no question, the logical way to pay off debt is to go after the debt that you pay the most interest on first, and then work down to the accounts with the lowest interest rate.  In spite of the … Continue reading

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