Financial Fitness

Your Tax Refund: What This Money Writer Says to Do with It

Some of us take an interest in personal finance when we start pulling a real paycheck. Some of us become interested when we run into debt problems or set our sights on a big goal like saving for a house. Kristin Wong was drawn to money matters as a teenager, and read books on the topic while in high school.

“Growing up, I experienced my family going from being pretty broke to middle class,” she says. “I saw how financial change can impact your life, the power your finances can have over your life.” Read More

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Office Hours: Help for When a Colleague Makes More Than You

You just found out that a coworker is paid more than you. But the two of you have the same job. What should you do?

You could call your network (and you should). You could also read our new column, “Office Hours,” where we’ll be posing your burning career questions to our board members and other Conference for Women friends.

Here’s what four business leaders from our boards would recommend doing if you’re underpaid—advice you can take to the bank, literally! Read More

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Minimize Stress and Maximize Your Wallet this Holiday Season | Podcast

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As joyous as the holidays are, the season of giving and presents and festive nights out can also cause tremendous angst and stress. In this 30-minute teleclass, seasoned finance educator Tiffany Aliche, aka “The Budgetnista,” will address three key ways to approach your finances this time of year, including preparation, savings and recovery. Get practical and easy tips that you can implement right away so you can downsize your debt and stress and amplify the joy this season! Read More

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Will You Face Downward Mobility When You Retire?

Teresa GhilarducciMany of us picture retirement as a time of ease. By then, the house will be paid off and the nest should be empty. Though there won’t be a paycheck to cover our bills, maintaining our lifestyle will cost less.

The reality, however, is often reduced circumstances. “Our current retirement plans, including 401(k)s and IRAs, have failed,” says Teresa Ghilarducci, economics professor at The New School for Social Research and author of How to Retire with Enough Money and How to Know What Enough Is. “Even the top 10 percent who make more than $100,000 save less than half of what they need.” Read More

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Podcast | Retire with Enough Money: Strategies for Making Your Money Last

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With ever-changing policies on retirement planning, it’s tempting to put off saving for retirement until there is a clear path to follow. Do you invest safely knowing that the money will be there, but might not be quite enough? Or do you invest more aggressively in the hopes that you have more money to spend later in life? Labor economist and a nationally recognized expert in retirement security, Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci will help you cut through the confusion and misinformation with a strategy to help you achieve what you are planning for in your retirement savings.
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Flash Mob Experience at Financial Security Workshop Demonstrates Need for Education and Resources

Angela Foreshaw-RouseBy Angela Foreshaw-Rouse, Manager, State Operations and Community Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania

What do women want? Information about managing their personal finances, judging from the throng of people who crammed together to attend two workshops led by wealth coach Deborah Owens at the 2016 Pennsylvania Conference for Women. Sponsored by AARP last October, the workshops focused on ways that women can increase wealth and prepare for retirement and appealed to everyone from Baby Boomers to Millennials.

Whether you heard Owens speak or not, these free resources will put you on the path to a comfortable retirement. Read More

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Free Teleclass | Retire with Enough Money: Strategies for Making Your Money Last

Teresa GhilarducciRetire with Enough Money: Strategies for Making Your Money Last
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
1:00-1:30pm Eastern

Eventbrite - Retire with Enough Money: Strategies for Making Your Money Last (Free Teleclass with Teresa Ghilarducci)
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Are You Ready to Retire?

angela-foreshaw-rouseAngela Foreshaw-Rouse, Manager, State Operations and Community Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania

If you’re female and a Gen Xer (age 35 to 54), chances are you’re nowhere near having enough money for your future golden years. A recent GoBankingRates survey found that a mere 26 percent of women have saved more than $50,000 for retirement while more than half of Gen Xers have either no retirement savings or less than $10,000. Read More

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Three Smart Things to Do—or Not Do—with Your Money

quinn-jane-bryant-200Let’s be clear from the get-go: “Women are not any better or worse than men at managing their finances,” says Jane Bryant Quinn, a personal finance expert and author of How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide. “For example, it’s been reported that women are more conservative investors than men [so they, in effect, are preserving wealth rather than building it], but when you look at women who have actual investing experience, they are not more risk averse.”

Perhaps the only difference between the sexes is that women are more willing to read articles on how to do things better. Here, the three most common mistakes that people make. Read More

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Podcast: Put Your Personal Vision of Prosperity into Action

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Get ready to feel more excited than ever about your money—and about all the good things it can bring. In this 30-minute talk, Ellen Rogin and Lisa Keung,co-authors of Picture Your Prosperity, will show you how to design your investments to create the life you envision.

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