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4 Steps for Building Generational Wealth

Let’s talk about generational wealth. When you hear that term, you might picture “old money” or a huge fortune that gets passed down through the family line and think, But my family never had that kind of money. How could I ever build that kind…

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

Dear Carrie: My wife and I are in our 60s and looking at ways to reduce our expenses when we retire. We’ve considered downsizing, but after 27 years, our house and the neighborhood still fit us. Our home is finally paid for and is pretty…

Don’t Make the Election About the Court

I know that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s empty Supreme Court seat has provoked an epic, long-awaited clash between Democrats and Republicans, that the very principle of judicial independence hangs dangerously in the balance. I realize that the social-media wave cannot be stopped, that the talking heads…

Howie Hawkins Is No Kanye West

Howie Hawkins may be the Green Party’s presidential nominee, but he isn’t Jill Stein—or at least, he can’t be, because he’s not on the ballot in as many swing states as Stein was in 2016. Courts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania decided this week to keep…

The Fall’s Best Movies Are About American Soul-Searching

David Byrne has long been a master of perfectly designed worlds. The 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, with his band Talking Heads, captured how carefully he stages his shows, bringing in band members one by one to emphasize how each contributes to the harmonies…

The American Government Gave Up on Reality

Alexander Hamilton and his colleagues wrote 85 separate essays to make their case that Americans should take a risk and ratify the 1787 Constitution. Three sentences into the very first of those Federalist Papers, Hamilton made clear that he knew full well the stakes of…

What Should You Do If Your Employer Suspends Your 401(k) Match?

Dear Carrie: My employer recently stopped offering a 401(k) match. I’ve always tried to contribute enough to get the entire match, but now I am in a bit of a cash crunch and wonder if it makes sense to keep contributing. Is it still worth…

Social Security—Don’t Drop the Ball

I frequently get emails from people who have lost out on Social Security benefits they might have been due. And they are looking for somebody to blame. They usually don’t like it when I have to turn around and tell them it is their fault.…

Get Practical When It Comes to Saving

Dear Dave, I’m having a hard time saving money. Do you have any practical advice for saving when you have an average income? Nikki   Dear Nikki, One thing I’ve learned over the years is that people only start saving money when they learn healthy money…

3 Ways to Reach Your Money Goals (Even in 2020)

To say that 2020 has been a crazy year would be an understatement! It feels like our world has been turned upside down. Some of you have lost income, hours, or even your jobs because of the pandemic. Those financial goals you made on January…

The Coming Crisis of Legitimacy

In normal times, it would seem outlandish to worry that an American president might refuse to concede defeat upon losing his bid for reelection. This year it is not. Even though he won in 2016, Donald Trump falsely claimed that he was the victim of…

What Makes a Good Preschool Education

Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…

Learning From Black Educators

Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…

Christmas in…September?

Dear Dave, I know it may be early to talk about Christmas, but do you have any advice on saving for the holiday season? Carlie   Dear Carlie, It’s never too early to talk about Christmas! I’m glad you’re thinking about things ahead of time. A…

Dear Therapist: I Blame Myself for My Son’s Death

Editor’s Note: Every Monday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. Have a question? Email her at [email protected] Dear Therapist, My adult son died recently from a drug overdose, after a lifetime of struggles with depression, learning problems, peer rejection,…

Australian Banks Will Feel Virus Heat Next Year: ANZ Chief

ANZ’s chief expects banks to feel the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the middle of next year. Shayne Elliott believes the economy will be at its low point between now and the end of 2020, which will flow on to the banking sector. He…

Internet Lies About Social Security Never Go Away

There are so many Social Security-bashing screeds floating around on the internet. Some are full of a few half-truths, but most are outright lies. I could spend every one of my weekly columns just trying to set the record straight. These things get passed around…

Feeling Anxious About the Future

Dear June, I need advice as I’m feeling anxious about the future in these times when it seems uncertain. Also how do you explain these crazy things to a child? Online school, a deadly virus spreading, Americans violently attacking officers and tearing down statues ……

Dear Therapist: Should My Parents Get Divorced?

Editor’s Note: Every Monday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. Have a question? Email her at [email protected] Dear Therapist, For quite some time, I’ve known that my parents haven’t gotten along. They are polar opposites: My father is mild-mannered…

Paging Dr. Hamblin: Someone Tried to Pet My Dog

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, James Hamblin takes questions from readers about health-related curiosities, concerns, and obsessions. Have one? Email him at [email protected] Dear Dr. Hamblin, My girlfriend and I got a pandemic puppy. He’s a King Charles cavalier named Rooster, and he’s now six months…

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