Love and Money 2011

  • Heart Of The Matter Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:22 PM ET

    Money is both the great equalizer and the great divider. The latter is particularly true when it comes to family and friends, whether it's parent-child, siblings, old pals, husband and wife. Our special report, 'Love & Money' has plenty of tips on how to handle your money and your relationships.

  • Nine Money Mistakes To Avoid In Your Marriage Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:23 PM ET

    If you want your marriage to last, you should also make time for an open and honest heart to heart over your financial future together.  So answer these nine questions.

  • Prenuptials: Yours And Mine, His and Hers Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 1:43 PM ET
    Wedding bands

    Love is one thing; money quite another. Marriages these days resemble financial partnerships more than outright mergers. No surprise then that the number of prenuptial agreements is soaring . “People are much more protective than before.” says one attorney.

  • Spoil Your Kids With Love, Not Money Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:22 PM ET
    Child with money

    Whether it is best intentions or bad habits, the way parents approach money can make a lasting impression on the children. So try a little tough love and self control.

  • The Pros And Cons Of Cutting Your Kids Loose Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:24 PM ET

    If your kids are making their own dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day, it’s probably time to discuss their financial independence. Once they reach college or turn 19, how you form relationships with your children can have fiscal consequences both good and bad.

  • Social Media Sites May Be Ready For Romance Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:24 PM ET

    Match.com, eHarmony and other traditional online dating may have rivals looking to capture their audience. After all, dating has always been a social activity.

  • Ever hid cash from your spouse or partner? How about a bill? Maybe lie about debt or income? If so, you have plenty of company in modern America. Along with love and money, apparently come secrecy and deception. Now, here's how to avoid it.

  • Death, Taxes And Estate Planning
    By: Mark Koba
    Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:24 PM ET

    "Most taxpayers are less concerned about the estate tax than they were before," says John Gast, partner and tax attorney at Brennan, Manna & Diamond.  But that's no  reason to forgo estate planning.

  • Life Insurance Is Not About You Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:22 PM ET
    Life Insurance

    Life insurance policies can be complicated at best, unintelligible at worst.  Bottom line: There are two basic types of life insurance: term and whole.  A useful analogy to explain the difference is buying versus renting. With term life insurance, you’re renting

More Advice

  • When Two Incomes Become One Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:28 PM ET

    Surviving on a single salary, after you’ve built a life on two, takes planning, discipline and above all else, a willingness to make tough choices.

  • Lending Money To Family And Friends Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:27 PM ET

    Lending money to family members and good friends is always risky, but if you must follow these guidelines to make it rational, reasonable and legal.

  • Helping Your Kids With Money Problems The Smart Way Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:28 PM ET

    With financial struggle more the rule than the exception these day, many financially stable parents are looking for ways to help their newly married children alleviate some of the burden. Here's some tips.

  • Need a Job? Get Your Mojo Working Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 10:36 AM ET
    Teenager going to the prom

    Looking for a job is a lot like dating. One of the most important things is to get your mojo working. Do whatever you have to do — listen to a song on your iPod that pumps you up or jump on a couch like Tom Cruise, just get that mojo flowing!

  • For Same-Sex Couples, Different Financial Pitfalls Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:27 PM ET
    Same-sex wedding cake topper figurines

    There are a host of financial and legal scenarios for which you need to be prepared--in some case simply by leaving your home state.

  • Making Money Talk Easier Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:28 PM ET

    Talking about money with family can be extremely stressful, but it is possible to do it and do it well, if you remember some simple rules: Do it early, build the relationship, and have empathy.

Interactive Features

  • CNBC Poll: How To Tax Inheritance Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 | 2:03 PM ET

    Congress recently revised the estate tax law, setting the tax-free threshold at $5 million. The terms, however, will apply for just two years, requiring another act of Congress. Tell us what you think the level should be?

  • Love and Money Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:22 PM ET

    Valentine's Day is about money as much as love. Take our quiz to find out what you know about both.


  • Heirs to Billionaires Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:39 PM ET
    Every parent wants to be able to help their child. In some cases, this means coming up with the down payment on a car, and in others, it means co-signing an apartment lease. Then there are times when it means offering them a controlling stake in a major US corporation. The fortunes passed down from billionaire parents to their children have allowed businesses to continue under well-known family names long after the principals are gone. Those fortunes have also provided their the resources to get

    See who some of these billionaires are, and how their children are using their resources.

  • Romantic Homes Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 12:40 PM ET
    During the Valentine’s Day season, Americans everywhere feel a bit more romantic. While lovers clamor to purchase gifts for a significant other, some see the ambience of their environment as the biggest component of the holiday. How better to achieve the perfect atmosphere than in a perfectly romantic home. Recently, a real - estate listing website, surveyed realtors across the U.S. and ranked America’s 10 most romantic homes for sale, based upon the impressiveness of the home as well as easy ac

    TopTenRealEstateDeals.com ranked America’s 10 most romantic homes for sale, based upon the impressiveness of the home as well as easy access to a wealth of romantic activities.

  • World's Most Expensive Divorces Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | 2:21 PM ET
    Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch

    Rupert and Wendi are the latest to hit the skids. So, what are the biggest divorce settlements and who has paid the most? Check out the full list.

  • Sure you can’t put a price on love but let’s face it, treating your sweetie right on Valentine’s Day can come with a hefty price tag. The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates spending on Valentine’s Day gifts will be up 11 percent from last year, bringing spending to an average of $116.21 per person, or a total of $15.7 billion dollars in holiday spending. Not surprisingly men will be the big spenders, shelling out more than twice as much as women, the NRF said. What’s the cost of true lov

    What’s the cost of true love for you? We’ve assembled some unique ideas for those who want to splurge on their beloved one, as well as some bargains that will keep the thrifty from looking cheap.

  • 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Money Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 4:36 PM ET
    We use money every day, unfurling folded bills and digging for change. But beyond the occasional glance at a new quarter, how much do you really know about money? Do you know which city has its own currency? Do you know how much a $2 bill is worth? And what does the Secret Service have to do with money? Make sure no one is following you and click ahead to find out 10 things you probably don’t know about money!

    Do you know which city has its own currency? Do you know how much a $2 bill is worth? And what does the Secret Service have to do with money?

  • Homes Of Celebrity Couples Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 | 3:05 PM ET
    Celebrity couples are rich, famous, successful, beautiful, and in love. They also live in ridiculously luxurious and opulent multi-million-dollar homes, often with breathtaking views. Don’t you just hate them, yet at the same time also want to examine every detail of their homes? What does $45,000 monthly rent get you? What type of living space does $16 million buy in New York City real estate? Click ahead to find how the other half (and their other halves) live.

    What does $45,000 monthly rent get you? What type of living space does $16 million buy in New York City real estate? Click to find out.


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