Money

The Princess Problem

(Laura’s note: This column originally ran in USA Today on Aug 12, 2009. It’s somehow disappeared from the archives, and since I’ve been getting requests for it lately, I’m reprinting it here).
by Laura Vanderkam
Austere times bring austere fashions to the runways but not, it seems, to toy stores. Hunting for birthday presents la… read more »

Why retire?

The markets have been rallying since October, slowly building a cushion around shaken nest eggs. That sounds like good news for baby boomers approaching retirement age. With 401ks bolstered by a bull run, the question of at what age people can afford to retire no longer returns an answer of “never” on financial advisors’ handy calculators.
But here… read more »

Welcome to the 1 percent

(Laura’s note: my column ran in yesterday’s USA TODAY under the headline “Does Income Inequality Matter?” online and “Does Income Gap Matter?” in print.)
Income inequality has long been with us, but it has seldom been talked about as much as in this election cycle. Last fall’s Occupy Wall Street movement int… read more »

Can money buy you balance?

I’m not a big fan of the phase “work-life balance.” It implies that the two concepts (work and life) take up equal space, which is not the case for most people. With 168 hours a week, if you sleep 8 per night (56 per week) that leaves 112 for other things. You’d need to be working 56 hours per week for work and the rest of life to be truly “balanced.R… read more »

Round-up: The idea machine

To my new readers of this blog: welcome! Every Friday, I post a round-up of my writing from other places, any media mentions, and other interesting tidbits. I’ve been exploring a lot of cool money blogs over the past few weeks, so I’m going to start posting links to those as well. I’m always looking for more fodder, so feel free to send ideas.… read more »