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    Chances are your standard of living will drop after you split, and your might never recover — unless you get remarried.

  • Marriage, Divorce, Money Monday, 7 May 2012 | 9:33 AM ET
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    Marriage and divorce. When it comes to the convergence of emotion and money, those two events not only define our quality of life but also our standard of living. For this and other reasons, we decided to focus our 2012 edition of "Life Changes" on marriage and divorce — and money.

  • As Two-Income Model Matures, Divorce Rate Falls Monday, 7 May 2012 | 9:33 AM ET
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    Not only are people getting better at picking the right partner, couples are also becoming increasingly comfortable with the ebb and flow of incomes in their relationships.

  • Providing for the Kids, Post-Breakup Monday, 7 May 2012 | 9:32 AM ET
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    If you think providing for your children after divorce is basically about diapers, dentistry and diplomas, you're in for a life of surprises.  Consider everything and work them out  to avoid explosive issues down the road.

  • American Tax Havens Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 3:48 PM ET
    Tax season is safely behind us, so it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. But if you paid more to the IRS than you feel you should have, maybe it’s also time to start thinking about doing things a little differently. Maybe it’s time to think about living in a state where the tax burden is less than it is where you are now.Some states have low property taxes, low gasoline taxes and low sales taxes. Some have low income tax rates, and some expect not one cent of income tax revenue from its residen

    If you paid more taxes than you feel you should have, maybe you should think about living in a state with a lower tax burden. See which states qualify as American tax havens.

  • Sharing-for-Cash: A New Way to Finance Retirement Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 1:21 PM ET
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    If you like doing business online, have a knack for sites like Facebook, and want to meet new people, sharing-for-money may be an intriguing part of your retirement plan.

  • Should Social Security Be Privatized? Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 10:59 AM ET
    Retirement - A CNBC Special Report

    Though Social Security benefits have long been a successful federal safety net for millions of Americans, some lawmakers and policy analysts believe the only way to save it from inevitable bankruptcy is to privatize the system.

  • Santelli on ISM Data & Construction Spending   Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 10:00 AM ET
    Santelli on ISM Data & Construction Spending

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest economic data, including information on the ISM and construction spending.

  • Personal Income Rises 0.4%   Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 8:30 AM ET
    Personal Income Rises 0.4%

    U.S. personal income rose 0.4% and personal spending increased 0.3%, reports CNBC's Rick Santelli.

  • Do You Plan to Sell Your House to Fund Retirement? Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 12:57 PM ET
    Retirement - A CNBC Special Report

    While saving for retirement is a traditional approach, other methods are often needed to fund nest eggs. For many, there's nothing better than the family home — especially if the mortgage is paid off.

  • When Downsizing Makes Dollars and Sense Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 12:57 PM ET
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    Uncertainty about making the right retirement moves is rife among the vast baby boomer generation. With 10,000 boomers turning 65 every day for the next 18 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, one thing that isn’t being downsized is concern about where and when to retire.

  • Retirement Planning for Generation Y Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 5:23 PM ET
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    The financial hurdles of student loans, a weak housing market, and high unemployment are shaping this generation’s savings rate, with no end-date guarantee.

  • Review Your Insurance Risk Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 4:17 PM ET
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    Saving for retirement isn't enough. Protecting your nest egg is essential to secure your financial future over the long-term.

  • March Housing Starts Down   Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 10:12 AM ET
    March Housing Starts Down

    March housing starts are down 5.8 percent, the lowest number since October. Oliver Chang, Morgan Stanley head of U.S. strategy and research, weighs in on what needs to be done to boost housing.

  • For Two Economists, the Buffett Rule Is Just a Start Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 4:40 PM ET
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    High earners worried that this year’s Tax Day will be the last before their rates rise have more than the White House and Washington to blame. They can also look to two academically revered French economists whose work is the subtext for the battle over tax fairness.

  • Among Rich Nations, US System Needs Work Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 12:14 PM ET
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    Though they admit comparisons are tricky, economists generally view public retirement benefits in the United States as less generous than those in many other wealthy nations.

  • Baby Boomers: When Will You Retire? Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 3:02 PM ET
    Retirement - A CNBC Special Report

    With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, many Baby Boomers are making a decision: what will be their retirement age?

  • Surviving Retirement Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 3:00 PM ET
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    Retirement — especially in the global economy of the 21st century in which jobs are scarce and life-prolonging medical procedures plentiful — may be the financial challenge of our lives. Our special report examines the different challenges of three American generations (Boomer, X, and Y).

  • Retirement Bliss May Turn to Blues Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:56 PM ET
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    Baby boomers, with their inheritances, homes, and old-fashioned pensions, may appear to be on track for a solid retirement — but some experts say the forecast for the generation born from 1946 through 1964 isn’t necessarily so rosy.

  • Retirement Planning for Generation X Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 2:56 PM ET
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    Gen X is the first generation to deal with the changing models of American retirement—and its members are flustered. The generation once called “slackers” has been true to form with retirement planning.