Love and Money 2011


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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    "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.

  • New York recently became the last state to adopt a no-fault divorce law, ending lengthy court battles, but unlike California it does not require equal property rights, which essentially divides assets in half.

  • 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?

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

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    Chris Rock and wife Malaak are the latest to hit the skids. But what are the biggest divorce settlements and who has paid the most?

  • 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.

  • 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?

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    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!

  • 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.