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Jun 06, 2010 Colleges offer grants, work-study to reduce students' debt

QUOTE: More than 50 colleges -- including elite private schools and flagship state universities in Virginia and Maryland -- have eliminated or capped loans in their financial aid portfolios for some or all students, promising enough aid in grants and work-study to cover most of the gap between what they charge and what each student can afford to pay. At a handful of private universities with sizable endowments, including Princeton, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, the goal is quite literally to eliminate loan debt for most graduating seniors.

Washington Post
Mar 12, 2010 Overdraft Protection: Why Bother?

QUOTE: Overdraft, in other words, is the very last resort. After a credit card. After account alerts. After tapping home equity. Or, presumably, after you’ve maxed out or ruined your credit and have no home equity left.

New York Times
Oct 05, 2009 Prepaid, but Not Prepared for Debit Card Fees (The Card Game)

QUOTE: For many people who do not have bank accounts, or cannot get a credit card, the appeal [of a prepaid debit card] is irresistible... But their convenience comes with a catch: fees, often hidden in the fine print.

New York Times
Jun 16, 2009 10 Things Financial Planners Won't Tell You

QUOTE: “I’m a jack-of-all-trades and master of none....Am I ‘fee-only’ or ‘fee-based’? Um, let’s not split hairs....Good luck busting me for malpractice.”

Smart Money
Nov 20, 2008 The New Old Age: Legally Responsible for Care

QUOTE: When the elderly exhaust their assets, individually or as a couple, the government steps in and pays for their long-term care. Adult children are not part of the Medicaid eligibility equation. But Medicaid is in big trouble — cutting here, squeezing there — and will be inundated when baby boomers reach old age. The staggering cost of long-term care and the explosion in the number of people who will need it has prompted a second look at filial responsibility laws as a way to deal with the impending crisis.

New York Times
Jun 02, 2008 Betting on Big Verdicts: Bethesda Firm's Cash Advances Come With High Risks

QUOTE: A Bethesda firm is entering a high-stakes business in which it buys a portion of the rights to civil lawsuits before the victim has collected a dime. Stone Street Capital's high-risk play can pay off big if it successfully bets on fat court settlements. But it can backfire if it advances money for a lawsuit that gets reversed or never pays. In that case, the plaintiff keeps the advance and Stone Street gets nothing.

Washington Post
Apr 23, 2007 An economic survival guide for recent college grads: Expert advice for Generation Y, which will likely have tougher time financially than their parents did.

QUOTE: With graduation around the corner, college seniors are heading toward a summer that could be both thrilling and daunting. It'll be a time of first paychecks and new apartments, but also of unexpected expenses and new responsibilities. When it comes to managing money, where do you start?

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 01, 2006 Too late to renege on car purchase

QUOTE: A right of rescission in a contract gives you a cooling-off period where you can walk away from the deal. It's normal for homeowners to have this right when they use home equity loans to tap the equity in their homes, but isn't standard fare on the purchase agreement for a new car.
Aug 24, 2006 Save $100 a Month

QUOTE: HOW'D YOU LIKE TO earn an extra $100 this month? No, you don't have to pander to your boss or take on a second job. You need to tighten your budget.

Smart Money
May 01, 2006 Where to sell your junk for cash

QUOTE: If you're spring-cleaning the garage, basement, attic or closet, you might be able to make a little money in the process....First, take anything that might be really valuable out of the mix until you get a professional evaluation, preferably from several different sources.
Dec 20, 2005 10 missteps that will plunge you into debt

QUOTE: In a life that seems to get more complicated rather than less; harder rather than easier and more competitive as we get less so, I want to offer some basic and simple tips that might help you exit 2006 with a bit more in your pockets than when you entered.
Aug 30, 2004 10 steps to a money-smart divorce

QUOTE: When your marriage breaks up, the last thing you feel like doing is crunching numbers. You're hurt, perhaps angry...[but] this is precisely the time you need to get a grip and pay close attention to your assets and your financial future, lest both slip away in the flood of emotion.
Nov 25, 2001 Behind the Glamorous Life, His-and-hers Nest Eggs

QUOTE: Mr. Fox, 32, who worked alongside Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant to help the Lakers win their second consecutive N.B.A. championship last year, and Ms. Williams, 38, the actress and singer, like to keep their financial affairs — money management and bank accounts — apart.

New York Times