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  • Smarter Moms Mean Smarter Babies, Study Says Friday, 10 May 2013 | 3:25 PM ET

    An accelerating trend is that women having babies in the U.S. are more educated than ever. On average the more educated a woman is, the better off her children will be.

  • Where the Summer Job Market Is Heating Up Friday, 10 May 2013 | 2:57 PM ET

    The summer job market looks relatively sunny, including for young entrepreneurs. But teen job seekers will be competing with older workers for seasonal slots.

  • Slow Growth Emboldens Fed to Stay the Course Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 1:47 PM ET

    The slowing growth in prices has further emboldened the Fed to maintain its bond buying.

  • Putting a Price Tag on High School Graduation Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    Graduating from high school is becoming an ever more elaborate process. Expect to spend over $1,000 to attend the prom—and that's just the start.

  • Market Value of Mothers' Work Falls Below $60,000 Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 9:28 AM ET

    Take-home pay for everything from cooking to handling family finances on the open market, would total $59,862, says Insure.com, down from $60,182 in 2012.

  • How to Give Disaster Aid Without Giving Headaches Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 7:03 AM ET

    The impulse to help after a disaster is natural, whether it's the Bangladesh accident or the Boston attacks. But giving true help is tricky.

  • Whoa! Top Retirement Worry Is Not Savings Monday, 6 May 2013 | 3:24 PM ET

    More than 70 percent of those responding to a recent survey by Merrill Lynch said that outliving their good health was more of a concern than outliving their money.

  • The 10 Best States for Retirement Monday, 6 May 2013 | 11:36 AM ET
    Nashville, Tennessee

    Whether you'd really consider retiring to North Dakota or West Virginia, this unconventional list will at least get you thinking about what you really need from a retirement spot.

  • That Online Purchase May Have Made You a Criminal Sunday, 5 May 2013 | 9:25 AM ET

    Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat.

  • Job Picture Improves for Boomers' 'Encore' Careers Friday, 3 May 2013 | 4:15 PM ET

    Older Americans' need to work longer is being met by a host of websites that match them with jobs that fit their interests.

  • Mutual Fund Industry Wants Kids Hooked on Investing Friday, 3 May 2013 | 3:01 PM ET

    The mutual fund industry thinks students should know where Madagascar is on a world map, how to solve a quadratic equation, and the difference between value and growth investing.

  • New Rule Signals Kiss of Death for Pensions Friday, 3 May 2013 | 8:15 AM ET

    A little known rule change is signaling just how meaningless the retirement vehicle has become.

  • Gay Couple's Bankruptcy Filing Challenges DOMA Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 1:29 PM ET

    If a Florida state court recognizes the joint bankruptcy filing of two men married in Vermont, their lawyer said, it could put the Defense of Marriage Act in question.

  • Money Smarts—There's an App for That Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 6:48 AM ET

    Videogames and apps like the "Great Piggy Bank Adventure" promise to teach financial literacy. But some experts say schools may do a better job in spreading the knowledge.

  • Why Now Is the Time to Buy Long-Term Care Insurance Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | 7:40 AM ET

    Long-term care insurance providers are hurting, and they are dreaming up new ways to share their pain with consumers. Here's how to cope.

  • What's America's Newest Taboo Subject? Don't Ask Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 11:07 AM ET

    About 85 percent of Americans surveyed said their credit card debt is a taboo subject for conversation with strangers.

  • Being Financially Prepared for DOMA Ruling Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 4:25 PM ET

    Amid speculation that the Defense of Marriage Act may be struck down, same-sex couples and their financial advisors are preparing for many possible changes in taxes and benefits.

  • Soros to Trump: most outrageous weddings Saturday, 20 Apr 2013 | 11:44 AM ET

    Something lavish, something diamond, something Hollywood and many things new. Such is the refrain of today's outrageous weddings, where glitz reigns supreme.

  • Millennials Tracking the ‘Greatest Generation’ Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 1:43 PM ET

    A report suggests 20-somethings living in their parents' basement may take after the thrifty, debt-averse survivors of the Great Depression.

  • Young Couples Go for the House First, Then Marriage Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 | 2:42 PM ET

    The rise in couples buying their house before they marry is good news for a housing industry that has fretted about the increasing age of first-time homebuyers.

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