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Pay Debt or Build Emergency Fund?

What do you do? Save money for an emergency, when rates on savings are now well below 1%, or pay off the debt, especially credit card debt which can be at or above 30% per year? Two schools of thought, one vocal one suggesting it’s irresponsible to forgo an emergency fund, the other, telling us [...]

PF Bloggers’ Weekly Roundup

There are times I sit back and am awestruck at how much there is to say about personal finance. I follow a few dozen PF bloggers, and week after week, they offer, as I try to, a new spin on every aspect of finance. I’m also reminded I need to keep updating my popular List [...]

Pay Off Your Mortgage, Then Retire

There was a time when people actually paid their mortgage off, burning the paperwork in celebration of that final payment. But the times seem to be changing. As recently as 1992, only 18% of Americans 65 to 74 had any mortgage remaining on their house, but by 2007, that number rose to 43%. There are [...]

Another good week of PF blog reading

First, Wise Bread has been keeping an updated list of Top 100+ Personal Financial Blogs. It’s now up to 241 and growing, and yours truly is currently number 71, sorted by Alexa Rank. One feauture I really like is the built-in list of last post for each blogger, so if I have a few minutes, [...]

Money Merge Account Analysis Pt 33

I’ve used the term Innumeracy here to describe the equivalent to numbers what illiteracy is to reading. However, I now seek a stronger word or phrase to describe the egregious claims I’ve run across. I’m leaning toward “numerical blasphemy,” but am open to suggestions. A Money Merge Account agent sent me a link to a [...]

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