When Do Medical Costs Become Too Costly for Most Families?

Medical expenses can quickly put financial strain on a family. According to one CNN report, 60% of personal bankruptcies were caused by mounting medical bills. Although some families sock away money for a rainy day, medical care in the thousands can wipe out a family’s savings in an instant. At what point do healthcare expenses […]

The Adoption Tax Credit and Form 8839

When my wife and I adopted our children (in the 1990s), there weren’t any adoption tax credits for us to take advantage of. Today, however, if you’ve adopted a child, you may be able to claim an income exclusion of $13,170 from your income and a tax credit for the same amount, depending on the […]

How I Tripled My Money with an Emerging Market Fund

You’ve probably heard of the expression, “it’s better to be lucky than good.” That sums up a lot of my success as an investor. And there is no better example of this than my investments in emerging markets. I first invested in an emerging market fund at the end of 2002. And the timing couldn’t […]

Do Prepaid Cards Help You Establish Credit?

I’ve had several readers ask me recently whether they can establish credit with a prepaid credit card. Most recently, a reader named Lynn asked the following: Please contact me about the availability of a pre-paid credit card to help me establish credit. The topic of building credit can be a confusing one, and whether prepaid […]

Stop Saving and Start Paying Off Debt NOW!

Have you looked at interest rates recently?  I mean, local brick and mortar banks are offering less than half a percent and if you check out banks like Citi, Bank of America and Chase, you’d be lucky to earn 10 cents on 100 bucks.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for saving money and keeping […]

The Employment Battle of Men vs. Women

Any reader of the news frequently hears that women earn 77 cents on the male dollar. Fifteen years ago, an organization called the National Committee on Pay Equity marked April 20 “Equal Pay Day,” because that is the day on which the average working woman will make her “full” salary (meaning it takes her 15+ […]