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The Savings Game
For years, The Savings Game has laid down the basic principles of prudent financial planning and helped readers educate themselves about saving and investing. Columnists Elliot Raphaelson and Anya Kamenetz continue this tradition with fresh insights.
Elliot Raphaelson: Former bank executive, lecturer and Florida court mediator, Raphaelson has decades of experience observing the mistakes that savers and investors make.
Anya Kamenetz: Author of the popular book "Generation Debt," Kamenetz is an expert on the financial challenges facing young adults.
The Savings Game Samples
Recent studies have shown that many prospective retirees have insufficient assets or sources of income for a comfortable retirement. --Mortgage debt. --Credit card debt. --Insufficient retirement assets.
This Sunday, as my daughter and her friend played dress-up, the parents' talk turned to money. The USDA recently reported something that most parents already know: raising kids is more expensive than ever.
The federal government offers an excellent defined-contribution retirement plan for its employees, the Thrift Savings Plan.
Consumers paid an estimated $32 billion in overdraft fees on their debit accounts in 2013. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released an analysis of overdraft data on nearly 2 million checking accounts held at many of the big banks.
One of the central maxims of billionaire investor Warren Buffett is that you want to buy stock in companies that have good moats. We all know what a castle moat does: It keeps out invaders.
Last month Veronica Belmont called Comcast trying to cancel her Internet service.
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