Tag Archives: personal financing

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Marriage and Money: Getting on the Same Page

Lateshia Woodley and Alex Kelly must �balance their contrasting money styles to budget their finances and grow their assets

Lateshia Woodley, 35, and Alex Kelly, 33, of Ellenwood, Georgia, have come a long way.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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50 Power Moves to Improve Your Life

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

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Size Matters

Asset Manager James N. Nelson III likes big companies destined to grow even bigger­

James N. Nelson III says do your homework and you’ll find low-risk investments that can…

By James A. Anderson

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Beware the Bond Bubble

Right now, bonds carry more risk than you realize

Three key factors have to be present before I consider an investment to be a…

By Mellody Hobson

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Your 2011 Debt Crisis Guide

If you're deep in debt and you've run out of options, use this guide as part of your plan of attack

It’s a New Year and time to make good on promises to order your finances.…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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How Bad Credit Can Hurt Your Career

If you think your employer doesn’t care about how you handle money, think again

Here are four things to know about credit and your job

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Money: January 2011 Reviews

A New Website for the Savvy Consumer
If becoming a more informed consumer is on your…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Taking Control

Kyla Acie knows how to save, but she needs to set investment goals for retirement and her child�s education

Investing for long-term goals is important to Acie. Many African Americans, regardless of age or…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Is it Time to Invest in Tech Again?

Financial experts get real about whether you should put money into dot-com stocks

Recently, venture capitalists have begun pouring money into a few bellwether dot-coms.

By Bridget McCrea

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The SEC’s “Your Money” podcast helps to get you started with saving and investing. You'll learn how to determine whether a “hot stock tip” is a good investment, the most common investment frauds, how to invest in a 529 plan while reducing or avoid some fees and expenses, and tons of other helpful tips to help individual investors achieve their saving and retirement goals. What's your favorite money podcast? Tell us in the comments section below.  For more money advice, see... 7 money lessons from the Bible 16 money experts who want to make you rich

5 Podcasts to Boost Your Financial Brainpower

Looking for a quick, easy and efficient way to get financial tips? Tune in to our top 5 picks

Podcasts can be a great (and efficient!) learning tool, especially for busy people on the…

By LaToya M. Smith

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On The Road to Wealth

We revisit past Financial Fitness Contest winners to see how they used black enterprise’s advice to work toward their financial goals

At the end of each year, we dedicate Wealth For Life to past winners of…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Year-End Financial Checkup

Use this guide to help you evaluate your financial health

Here are some guidelines to help you conduct your own financial checkup.

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Before You Vote, Do The Math

Will your federal income taxes go up or down in 2011? See how your vote could be the deciding factor

If tax anger determines who you’ll vote for on November 2nd, don’t go to the…

By John Simons

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Counterpoint: Making the Case Against Money Disorders

Why your poor relationship with money may be deeper than you think

The dysfunctional relationship between some people and their money is not a money disorder. Instead,…

By Renita Burns

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Kicking Bad Money Habits

The Martins must come to an agreement on their financial priorities and change their spending habits to eliminate a mountain of debt

While on their honeymoon 12 years ago, Tamela and Omar Martin mapped out their lives…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Kids & Money: Dollar Savvy Apps for Kids

Money lessons we need to teach to our kids from K-12

Whether you’re on an Apple, Droid or RIM operating system, more and more companies are…

By Renita Burns

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7 Books That Will Enrich Your Life

B.E. editors share their favorite financial, business, and career reads

It’s back-to-school time again. Whether you’re a student or the parent or guardian of one,…

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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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Managing Credit: Understanding Your Utilization Ratio

Your guide to understanding and managing your credit.

Creditors use a calculation called a credit utilization ratio, which makes up 30% of your…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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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Money Basics: 5 Keys to Wealth

Lessons on the fundamentals of personal finance and money management

I recently attended a Rich Dad, Poor Dad wealth building seminar held by author Robert…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Middle-class African Americans are more likely than whites to have cut back on saving and investing in order to make it through the recession, according to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey. The data is not unexpected since the unemployment rate for African Americans (15.4%) continues to track higher than the overall jobless rate for all Americans (9.5%). “In times of economic hardship, people have to make difficult decisions,” said Mellody Hobson, Ariel president and columnist for Black Enterprise magazine. “Unfortunately, the resulting trade-offs mean many in our community are slipping even further behind.”

African American Investors are Down, but Not Out

Cutting back on saving and spending, helps blacks make it through recession

Middle-class African Americans are more likely than whites to have cut back on saving and…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Numbers can impact your life for better or for worse. This is especially true when it comes to your personal finances. Many finance articles quote numbers that answer questions related to your money and how you should handle it. For example, how many months of savings should I have? How long does a bankruptcy stay on my credit report? Well, ask no more. Here’s a list of some of some of the most important numbers you need to know.

Numbers That Can Make or Break Your Personal Finances

Let these numbers help you navigate your financial life

Numbers can impact your life for better or for worse. This is especially true when…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Eight Tips For the Suddenly Wealthy

A checklist for managing an unexpected windfall of cash

If you’ve gone from drowning in debt to swimming in loot, these eight tips will…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Your high school graduate (age 18) should grasp enough about finance to … --Apply systematic decision making to a long-term goal --Schedule bill payments, write a check, reconcile checking or debit account statements, and monitor statements for accuracy --Explain how a negative credit report can affect a person’s future --Identify appropriate investments for accumulating money for a four-year college education, a wedding, a business startup, a house down payment, and retirement For more information on financial literacy benchmarks, and additional suggestions for money-related home-learning, visit the Credit Union National Association’s “Thrive By Five” Website and the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Finance Literacy. Look for the full version of this article in the August issue of Black Enterprise.

What Kids Should Know About Money—and When

These benchmarks can be a guide as you share vital lessons with your child

Tips on what your child should know about managing their finances

By Robin White Goode

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How to Calculate Your Net Worth

3 simple steps for gauging the value of your personal wealth

If you want to get a true gauge of your personal wealth, you need to…

By Renita Burns

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Investing In Education

Dwayne Thomas is �getting his finances in order for life after law school

Dwayne Thomas learned all about the stock and bond markets as a finance major at…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Women & Money: Let’s Take on the World of Investing

To be successful, check your behavior and get out of your own way

Personal finance guru Patricia Stallworth begins a series on women and investing. First up, teaching…

By Patricia Stallworth

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African American Wealth Gap Quadruples

High-income blacks have less wealth than middle-class whites

The wealth gap between white and African-American families has increased more than four times between…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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End Your Comfortable Relationship With Debt

Financial freedom gives you real control over your life, but it comes at a price

In many cases, the biggest determiner of whether or not you achieve financial independence lies…

By Patricia Stallworth

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Celebrating Life Beyond Mother’s Day

All About You Day Conference to explore ways for women to enjoy the "rich" life all year long

All About You Day Conference on May 8 at the Schomburg Center for Research in…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Women & Money: What’s Your NET Worth?

To scout out a path to financial independence, you need to know where you are starting from

Creating a financial plan is essential as you move toward financial independence. Analyze where you…

By Patricia Stallworth

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Investing Rules for Women: Get Over Your Fear

Become familiar with the culture of investing

One way to get over your fear is to become familiar with the culture of…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Food for the Journey

Budgets are necessary tools to help you reach your financial goals. Here's how to get started

According to Napoleon, an army marches on its stomach. On our journey we need something…

By Patricia Stallworth

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Lessons From Her Father

Kimberly Allman learned savvy savings at an early age

It’s no surprise that 30-year-old Kimberly Allman has her finances in order. Her parents’ guidance…

By Jason Evers Roberson

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Drafting a Financial Plan

Dion and Sherrunda Adkins aim to build a solid future for their family

Dion and Sherrunda Adkins both grew up in families that struggled financially. “In our family…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Poll of the Week

A year after epic lows in the stock market, will the current economic rebound last?

One year ago this week, the Standard & Poor’s 500 hit a 12-year low of…

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How to Tell if You Need a Financial Planner

Here are some reasons people decide to work with an adviser

Families and individuals seek out financial advisers for any number of reasons. The National Association…

By Bridget McCrea

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Staying on Track

Dasha Lundy seeks to establish a strong financial foundation-with or without a mate

Like mother, like daughter. And that’s just fine by Dasha Lundy. Her mother taught her…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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A Woman’s Guide to Money Management

Now is the time to plan your financial future

Creating a financial plan should be on everyone’s to-do list. Financial planning is not solely…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Andersons Complete Year of ‘Buying Black’

Empowerment Experiment family discusses challenges, triumphs

The Empowerment Experiment’s Anderson family discuss the successes that kept them empowered, the struggles that…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Don’t Just Toss Those Credit Card Notices

Be mindful, active in managing contract changes

Here’s what to do when your credit card issuer wants to change your terms, raise…

By Bridget McCrea

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Finding the Right Personal Finance Applications

See how these virtual money-tracking tools stack up

For your convenience – and my own – I tested three personal finance apps, iBear…

By Renita Burns

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Getting on Track

Tyvi Small works to improve his financial discipline

Tyvi Small is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration. But when it comes to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Preparing for the Future

Jason and Carol Wooden are expecting a bundle of joy. Will they be able to quit their day jobs early and enter semiretirement?

Herb White, a certified financial planner and founder of Life Certain Wealth Strategies in Denver,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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College Finance 101: A Crash Course for Parents

Deciding on a college because of its generous financial aid offer is one strategy parents…

By Robin White Goode

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The Credit Card Fee Hustle

Minimum purchases on credit cards are a violation

It’s a shared feeling among many debit and credit cardholders. You head to the local…

By Renita Burns

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Be Financially Fit!

Retirement planning is not just for the wealthy, says author Aaron W. Smith.

By LaToya M. Smith

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Small Is Beautiful

Why community banks are suddenly a big hit with consumers

When it came time for Mell Monroe and his wife, Angela Higginbotham Monroe, to refinance…

By Donald Jay Korn

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The SEC’s New IDEA to Help Investors

New system will be an essential tool for investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission will unveil a new financial reporting system that it claims…

By Vicki Lee Parker

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A Good Time to Break Into Banks?

Ariel Investment's Jason Tyler identifies finance stocks that are poised to rebound

Bank stocks, anyone? We can hear you shuddering. The financial services industry has easily…

By James A. Anderson

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Hard Lessons in Home Economics

Rocked by declining ­property values and job loss, the Carrés are searching for answers

Sherley Bretous-CarrĂ© and Edenswear CarrĂ© still believe in the American dream. Starting in 2002, the…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Three Reasons Why Small Banks Are a Big Hit

Community banks offer an attractive alternative

The banking industry’s problems are well known—perhaps too much so. Fortunately, though, consumers have choices…

By Donald Jay Korn

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A Penny Saved

Ricky Stith makes sure he and his son can weather financial storms

Ricky Stith is doing some major belt tightening. Like many Americans, the 49-year-old information technology…

By Glenn Townes

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Minding Their Money

When Shannon Nash and her husband, Bill, got married in 1996 they began holding regular…

By Diane King

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Lean on Me

In the face of deep market losses, financial planners and advisers are becoming grief counselors of sorts. What they're telling their clients could help you.

Welcome to life as a financial planner in the midst of the greatest market crisis…

By Steve Garmhausen

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Safe Haven

Sylvia King's financial discipline kept her afloat during tough times

Sylvia King’s financial discipline kept her afloat during tough times

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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