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 his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, have filed for divorce after nearly 20 years of marriage. But what are the biggest divorce settlements and who has paid the most?