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5-Minute Finance: Start an Emergency Fund

It can take years to recoup from a financial emergency. But it only takes five minutes to set up an emergency fund.

Want Financial Education in Schools? Follow the Example of One Kansas Teen

Kansas Legislature passed a law requiring high school students to complete a CPR course to graduate. We need to push just as hard for financial education.

Free "Digital Retirement Coach" Aims to Take Angst Out of Retirement Planning

If the thought of retirement planning sends chills down your spine, a helpful chatbot from AARP and the Ad Council makes it all seem easy.

Financial Experts Share Their Biggest Credit Mistakes

Financial experts have made credit mistakes, too. Here's what they've learned from those mistakes.

How to Benefit From Rising Interest Rates

Rising interest rates aren't all bad. Here's how to make rate hikes work to your favor.

6 Investment Truths to Remember When the Stock Market Is Down

When the market goes down, your panic goes up. Keep a cool head; remember these things next time there's a market hiccup.

Ask the Readers: Have You Ever Done a Spending Freeze?

Tell us if you've ever done a spending freeze and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

5 Ways to Boost Your Financial Resilience

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Take these steps now to build up your ability to withstand a financial crisis.

5 Reasons Why Your Credit Score Dropped Out of the Blue

Not sure why your credit score took a tumble? It might be one of these not-so-obvious reasons.

What to Do If You Can't Pay Your Private Student Loan

Private student loan debt can be difficult to pay or renegotiate. Here's what to do when those loans become a real burden.

9 Surprising Ways Marriage Can Make You Richer

Getting married can be one of the best financial decisions you'll ever make.

11 ATM Mistakes to Avoid Overseas

Make sure you avoid these common ATM mistakes when you travel abroad.

4 Money Moves to Make After You Pay Off Your Mortgage

You own your home free and clear; congrats! Once you're done celebrating, it's time to make some smart post-mortgage money moves.

Tariffs: What They Are and How They Impact Your Finances

Tariffs have been in the news a lot lately. What are they, exactly, and what will they mean for your money?

15 Odd American Taxes You May Have to Pay

Ben Franklin said taxes were one of the only certainties in life. These odd tax laws certainly raise an eyebrow.

7 Liabilities That Will Ruin Your Net Worth

Building net worth isn't just about generating income. It's also about getting your borrowing under control.

5 Ways New Parents Can Manage Debt

Don't let debt distract you from the joy of new parenthood. With some careful planning, you can handle both.

Best Money Tips: Essential Tips to Manage Your 401(k)

Today we found articles on tips for managing your 401(k), steps you can take to get your tax refund ASAP, and how to hustle as a new parent.

8 Startling Facts That Will Make You Want to Invest

Having trouble taking the plunge into investing? These eye-opening facts may shock you into action.

11 Basic Questions About Retirement Saving Everyone Should Ask

Retirement savings can be complicated. Get ahead of the curve by brushing up on the basics.