Alpha Consumer

October 2010


Parents: Help Your Adult Kids Manage Money

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If you have adult children in their 20s and 30s, you probably know your job isn’t over yet. Whether you’re providing financial support or just giving advice from a distance, there are ways you can help them become more financially secure so they don’t depend on the bank of mom and dad forever.

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The Biggest Money Mistakes Couples Make

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Managing your own money is hard enough; add another person to the equation and it becomes an obstacle course: Does it make sense to combine bank accounts after moving in together? Should you pay off your credit card debt before getting married? Does the higher earner need to cover more of the ...

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5 Best Career Tips for Young People

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Even in the most prestigious and well-paying professions, job security is hard to find. Instead, financial stability now comes from treating yourself like your most important employee. That means investing in yourself, paying yourself well, and otherwise making sure you’re operating at full speed.

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Guide to Understanding the Gift Tax

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Dear Alpha Consumer,

My mother’s house recently burned down. I usually help her with her finances, so I planned to put the insurance payment into my own account. That way, I can continue to handle all of her bills for her. But if I do this, will that constitute a gift, and will I need to pay gift ...

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7 Ways to Avoid Debt

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What is it about being rich that turns some people into spendaholics? In the latest example of celebrity excess, TMZ.com reports that singer Toni Braxton has filed for bankruptcy and owes between $10 to $50 million. Her list of debtors includes AT&T, the Four Seasons, and Tiffany.

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