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For many Americans, a big part of the holidays involve giving presents to others. But it’s perfectly fine and feasible to not give gifts to family and friends and still enjoy the holiday season.
	
In fact, if the tough economy or a job layoff has taken a toll on your household budget, this could be the year to not spend any money at all on gifts. Even if you do have money in a bank account to spend, it’s important to realize that there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the season without making all the festivities centered on gift-giving.

	Still, the average American is expected to spend $704 on holiday gifts in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation. Should you opt out of this year’s holiday shopping frenzy like the folks who’ve joined Buy Nothing Day? Perhaps. Here are five reasons why it might be wise not to spend any money at all on gifts on Black Friday and this entire holiday season. —Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

5 Good Reasons To Buy Nothing & Avoid Holiday Shopping Completely

In a troubled economy, it's perfectly fine not to spend money during the holidays

Holiday shopping can land some people in the poor house. Given the current economic downturn…

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Ask the Money Coach: Are You Ever Too Old to Start a 401(K)?

Whether it's you or your grandma, here's what you need to know about saving for retirement

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you if you’re ever told old to start planning for…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Don’t Let the Debt Downgrade Scare You

The worst thing to do is panic in today’s market. You can reach long-term goals if you stay the course

Although it was well-telegraphed, I was still plenty surprised when Standard & Poor’s downgraded the…

By Mellody Hobson

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Cain Vs. Obama: A Comparison of Economic Issues

A breakdown of the numbers and the issues

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives a breakdown of the numbers and the issues

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David Banner’s 4 Money Management Lessons for Black America

The rapper/actor shares his perspective on the Black community's misuse of its spending power

Inspired by the Pew Research Center’s minority wealth gap report, rapper/producer/actor David Banner shares his…

By David Banner

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7 Excuses That Are Delaying Your Retirement

Time is the most vital element in building your nest egg. Start now, or pay later

Time is the most vital element in building your nest egg. Start now or pay…

By LaToya M. Smith

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WATCH: Finance Expert Ryan Mack Sounds Off on Occupy Wall Street

The author and financial literacy advocate says it's about more than marching

The author and financial literacy advocate says it’s about more than marching

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Tackling a Prosperous Retirement

Business investments are paying off for ex-football player Tony Jones and wife Kamilla

Retired NFL offensive tackle Tony Jones and his wife, Kamilla, have heard the horror stories…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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How To Have “The Talk” With Your Teen

They're back in school. But, when it comes to raising money-smart kids, it's up to us to initiate the conversation

The bad news: Our most recent Great Recession and the things that precipitated it have…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Inflation-Proof Your Portfolio

How you can craft an investment plan that keeps pace

Short-term signs of inflation are easy to spot, from the higher tab to fill the…

By James A. Anderson

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Sick And Tired Of Your Money Problems? Try Hill Harper’s ‘Wealth Cure’

The actor and best-selling author's new book has The Wealth Cure for what ails you financially, and it's good medicine

The best-selling author and actor Hill Harper provides sound strategies for managing and investing your…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Stop Burning Cash!

In three real-life situations, experts show how to create a workable budget so you can take control of your money and meet your short- and long-term goals.

Do you smell the odor of burning currency? If you ever find yourself wondering where…

By Bridget McCrea

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How To Close The Wealth Gap: Step 1

It may take generations to do it. But it starts with making better decisions with the money we have.

The Black wealth gap must be closed. Here’s how we begin to make steps towards…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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5 Ways You Can Prepare For Debt Default

Don't wait around for the government to decide your financial future

To lend further analysis to the debt default or downgrade, BLACK ENTERPRISE has reached out…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Preparing for the Marathon To Rebuild Our Wealth

Based on the racial divide in the economic gap, a lot has to be done to rebuild our buying power

While America dealt with the Great Recession of 2007-2009, overwhelming numbers of minority households suffered…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Money in the Bank

Raymond Stewart, founder and chief investment officer of RASARA Strategies, picks three banking stocks destined to lead the sector’s resurgence

In many ways, the cloud of worry surrounding financial companies at the onset of 2009…

By James A. Anderson

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Breaking the Cycle

V. Kenneth and Justin Johnson are on a mission to help family, friends, and clients protect and transfer wealth

One of V. Kenneth Johnson’s most pressing goals in life is to “break the cycle…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Precautionary Measures

Malkia McLeod needs to organize her finances to help carry her through an uncertain job market

In the fall, the 37-year-old could be out of a job. A public affairs specialist,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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A Savings Lesson Well Learned

Parental tough love set Emmanuel Twum on the path to responsible spending

One of the toughest lessons Emmanuel Twum learned his freshman year in college had nothing…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Playing Catch-Up

To reach their retirement goals, Lee and Tayo Ferguson must save more and spend less

Lee and Tayo Ferguson have all the trappings of middle-class success: two stable careers, a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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End of the World Checklist: Do You Have Your Financial House in Order?

What will your financial legacy say about you when your world ends?

BlackEnterprise.com’s checklist to prepare to leave behind your financial legacy via estate planning and living…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Tips on How to Handle Sudden Wealth

Whether you just signed a multi-million dollar contract or inherited property from a wealthy relative, here are some tips to help you keep—and grow—your wealth responsibly

Whether you’ve just signed a multi-million dollar contract, won the lottery, or inherited property from…

By Robert J. Gordon

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3 Ways to Organize Your Financial Life

Expert tips on creating a simple savings strategy for your short, mid, and long-term financial goals

Expert tips on creating a simple savings strategy for your short, mid, and long-term financial…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Spending less than you earn seems like a simple rule, but as straightforward as it may appear, every year many Americans become the casualty of their spendthrift ways. Making purchases you cannot afford or don’t need, in turn, leads to uncontrollable debt. 	Terry and Tyra Johnson of Yardley, Pennsylvania, have maintained a frugal lifestyle even though they make a combined six-figure salary. Here are four tips from the Johnsons that help them live below their means.

4 Ways to Live Within Your Means

Couple shares tips on how to avoid financial pitfalls

Couple shares tips on how to avoid financial pitfalls

By Glenn Townes

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8 Ways to Save Money on Health Care and Health Insurance

Health care reform was signed into law a year ago but much of it goes into effect in 2014. Here's how to save now!

Health care reform was signed into law a year ago but much of it goes…

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10 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax Return

It's that time of year. Here's how to prepare and save!

It’s that time of year. Here’s how to prepare and save!

By John Simons

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Every Adult Needs a Living Will. Here’s How to Draft One.

When it comes to your healthcare, better smart than sorry

Every adult 21 and older should have a living will, but studies suggest African Americans…

By Elayne Fluker

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The Stock Market Rally Lives On. But Can It Continue?

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the stock market rally; is good or bad news ahead?

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the stock market rally; is good or bad news…

By John Simons

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5 Steps to Improving the Investment Options in Your Employer’s 401(k) Plan

Here's how to get your employer to explore more 401(k) options

Here’s how to get your employer to explore more 401(k) options

By Renita Burns

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Save For a Rainy Day!

Join the America Saves Week Challenge this week and learn how to stash your cash

February 20 through February 27 is America Saves Week. Take on this week’s challenge to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Why Democrats and Republicans Hate Obama’s New Budget

While both sides argue over new proposal, African-Americans brace for "negative effect" of spending cuts

President Obama delivered his 2012 budget proposal to Congress this week, citing it will reduce…

By Joyce Jones

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According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less than whites of similar incomes over the past decade. As BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr. wrote in a recent Executive Memo: "Make money work for you, not against you. We must reverse this trend by taking a disciplined approach." For the February issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine, I charged our Finance Editor John Simons and our Consumer Affairs Editor Sheiresa Ngo with wwweloping 10 power moves to improve our readers' finances. Follow these tips to better manage your money today an dreap huge benefits tomorrow!--Derek Dingle

10 Power Moves to Help You Better Manage Your Money

Simple steps to help you spend, save and invest smarter

According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Power Moves: 10 Steps to Build Wealth Now!

Our editors have developed "The Power Issue" to help our readers find ways to advance their business, professional and financial lives

Our editors have developed “The Power Issue” to help our readers find ways to advance…

By Derek T. Dingle

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6) The rich versus the wealthy: Chris Rock says there's a big difference between rich and wealthy. (Remember? “If Bill Gates woke up with Oprah’s money he’d jump out a [bleeping] window.”) Maybe not; but White believes the true definition is when you no longer have to work for your money; instead your money works for you, your children, your grandchildren... "If you can invest and have your money yield whatever the prevailing interest rate is on that amount at the time, say 3%, and you can live off that interest, you're on your way to being wealthy.”

4/11: 11 Ways to Get Your Money Right for the New Year

Time to get serious about your money matters. Here's how!

</a>With 2010 logged into the history books, it’s time to look forward to the future…

By Elayne Fluker

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For four decades and counting, Black Enterprise has been committed to the financial education and economic advancement of black Americans. Our mission, simply put, is to help you build Wealth for Life. Over the years, we've gained some passionate allies in our campaign to help you reach your goals, achieve your dreams and improve the quality of your life by taking control of your finances. The following champions of financial literacy--ranging from syndicated columnists and television anchors to finance industry pros and community activists--have been among the most effective and determined evangelists of our Wealth for Life Principles. If you are serious about wealth building, pay attention to the people who want to make your rich.

16 Money Experts Who Want To Make You Rich

These champions of financial literacy are committed to helping you to achieve the Black Enterprise mission: Wealth for Life

If Wealth for Life is your goal, these champions of financial literacy are committed to…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Middle age. In your 40s and 50s, retirement should be top of mind now more than ever. Make sure that you’re taking full advantage of your company’s retirement plan. Contribute at least enough to receive the full match. Also make sure that you haven’t underestimated your time horizon. You don’t want to run out of money too soon.

Smart Money Moves for Every Stage of Life

You're never too young to start planning for your financial future

No matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s never to early–or late–to begin managing…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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‘Black in America’ Shows One Pastor’s Determination to End Debt

Pastor DeForest Soaries installed a four-step wealth building program at his NJ church

Pastor Soaries says debt is equivalent to a kind of slavery
It all started seven years…

By Tomika Anderson

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How to Roll a 401k Into a Business Retirement Fund

There are several options

If I leave my job and start my own business, can I create a company…

By John Simons

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Watch: CNN Tackles Almighty Debt on ‘Black in America’

Host Soledad O�Brien talks to Black Enterprise editors about our community�s struggles with debt management

Soledad O’Brien takes a look at “almighty debt,” its effect on the Black community and…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Retiring Rich: How to Build a Nest Egg With Your Spouse

Advice, tips and strategies you can use now to ensure a secure retirement in the future

Planning for retirement is crucial at every point of your life, and that planning changes…

By Renita Burns

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Investment Banker Predicts Double-Dip Recession

The short term future of our economy isn't so bright

Negative news from the housing market and the employment front, along with a stagnant U.S.…

By Alan Hughes

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Retiring Rich: Asset Allocation 101

Advice, tips and strategies you can use now to ensure a secure retirement in the future

Asset allocation or balancing risk and reward based on your retirement timeline is important to…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Retiring Rich: Too Young to Think about Retirement? NOT!

Advice, tips and strategies you can use now to ensure a secure retirement in the future

Taking advantage of your 401(k) plan now will reap rewards in the future.

By LaToya M. Smith

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Home Base: A 401(k) Option for the Self-Employed

Information and resources especially for home-based business owners

Sole proprietors and owners of owners of home-base businesses are less likely to own IRAs…

By Renita Burns

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Retiring Rich: Are You Ready for More Transparency in Your 401(k) Fees?

Advice, tips and strategies you can use now to ensure a secure retirement in the future

Beginning July 16, 2011, the Department of Labor will require plan providers to disclose fees…

By Patricia Stallworth

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The Black Enterprise Wealth For Life Principles

Step-by-step guidelines to responsible saving, investing, and spending to build wealth and pass it on to future generations

The 10 Black Enterprise Wealth for Life principles are meant to serve as a step-by-step…

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Retiring Rich: Understanding the Roth 401k

Advice, tips and strategies you can use now to ensure a secure retirement in the future

BlackEnterprise.com sat down with personal finance expert Eric Tyson to discuss the pros and cons…

By Renita Burns

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POLL: What Would You Do If B.E. Gave You $2,000?

Enter our Financial Fitness Contest and you may have to make that decision. Tell us how you'd use the cash prize.

For a decade, Black Enterprise has awarded scores of our readers $2000 to kick-start their…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Building Wealth Requires Do-it-Yourself Investing

Increasingly, we must all fend for ourselves when it comes to living comfortably in our golden years

This year, my 6-year-old daughter, Ella, learned how to count money. I burst with…

By John Simons

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Eyes on the Prize

April McLemore wants to �retire by age 55. But will she have enough money saved in 16 years to live �comfortably?

Friends and family aren’t likely to find April McLemore shopping in stores such as Nordstrom…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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No. 40: Eddie Brown, The Master of Mutual Funds

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Cutting Edge: When Your Employer Switches 401(k) Providers

How to figure out what it means for your portfolio

A few months ago, we received notice from our human resources department that we were…

By Renita Burns

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Money Matters: Will Withdrawing Cause More Hardship?

I’d like to make a hardship withdrawal from my Fidelity 401(k). How much will I…

By John Simons

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Money Matters: Managing Retirement Accounts

I have a few retirement accounts set up. Can you provide me with a list…

By John Simons

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How Safe Are My IRA Funds?

Are my retirement funds also safe under FDIC protection or should I move that money…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 2

It's time to take care of business

Yes, we have been oppressed, but we can do much more to help ourselves. Why…

By Ryan Mack

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 1

We must work on taking the poverty out of the people

No, we haven’t had the best of times since arriving to this country. It…

By Ryan Mack

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The Cutting Edge Q&A: Rebounding After a Custody Battle

Be diligent in finding solutions to manage debt

Since last year, I have fallen behind on the majority of my bills due to…

By Renita Burns

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It’s Earth Day. Get Some Real Green

Not really into saving the environment? Then focus on saving cold, hard cash.

Unless you live on another planet (literally), you know that today, April 22, is Earth…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do?

Is borrowing reckless or responsible? Depends on whether debt is "good" or "bad"

A few days ago, I was confronted with a very interesting issue by Black…

By John Simons

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State of Black America: Wealth for Life

Wealth building is not a sprint; it's a marathon

In its State of Black America 2009 report, the National Urban League examines challenges…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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The Cutting Edge: Tax Tips for First-Time Filers

Don�t let ignorance cost you money, time

If this is your first time filing as an independent, or you’ve just started taking…

By Renita Burns

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Teaching Our Kids the Financial Facts of Life

Every parent wants to support his or her child’s dreams and aspirations. Most have worked…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Say No to Overdraft Fees

10 Days Left to Tell Fed to Say No to Banks

Ever had to pay an additional $30 for a $5 hamburger or a $15 meal?…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Recession Specials

Deals sure to be kind to your wallet

For consumers clutching their purse strings and wallets, companies are hoping to loosen that grip…

By Renita Burns

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Planning, Diligence Key in Re-entering Workforce after Retirement

Being informed can save you a world of trouble

If you’re a retiree who has been receiving Social Security benefits, pension payments, or distributions…

By Margarette Burnette

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Retirement Funds and Your Small Business

Cost-effective ways to offer employees a much-needed benefit

With the current economic environment, many entrepreneurs believe they can’t afford to give their employees…

By Margarette Burnette

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Blacks Lag in Retirement Savings

Nest eggs much smaller than those of whites

African Americans save far less each month and have considerably smaller nest eggs than their…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Saving Early for Your Retirement

Though decades away, developing a plan in your 20s vital

n your 20s, retirement is a bit like global warming. You know the day of…

By Ilana Polyak

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Report: Economic Gains for Blacks Reversing

Boom of 1990s deflated in new millennium slump

Released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a report, “Reversal of Fortune: Economic Gains of…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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In Your 30s, Think About Your 60s

The more years invested in retirement savings, the better

Young investors have a valuable asset, yet many neglect to take advantage. The more years…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Retiring In Your 40s

Peak earning years make for prime retirement savings options.

Those intermittent aches and pains in your 40s are a very powerful reminder that retirement…

By Ilana Polyak

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You Can Retire Early

Live off of your retirement income before age 62

If you’re not sure about when to retire, you’re not alone.

By Donald Jay Korn

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Market Mayhem

Keep Bear Stearns Collapse in Perspective

The federally backed buyout of Bear Stearns Cos. Inc. by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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REGISTER NOW: Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit’s 10th Anniversary

It will be a landmark year for the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in…

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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