I remember doing two things as a kid: keeping careful track of my piggy bank, and reading every financial book I could find. I'm very interested in behavioral economics and how psychology affects our ability to make good money decisions.
Much of what's convenient about online retail — reviews, one-click shopping, fast shipping — is aimed at one thing: reducing the "pain of paying" so you'll spend more.
The Obamacare insurance exchanges open for business in a few weeks. Here's what you need to know about the system before you sign up.
Choosing a financial advisor you can trust is hard. Narrow the field by eliminating any advisor who offers you any of this "advice."
Investors may think they make rational decisions, but for many, emotions and psychology call the shots. Understand your biases to make better decisions.
Granite counters and fresh paint can lead a buyer to overlook a home's flaws. Avoid buying the wrong house by recognizing these common biases.
If you think you're immune to marketing, think again — in fact, you might be convincing yourself to buy something and not even realize that you're doing it.
Competition between businesses is what creates good deals for consumers, right? Then why the heck are credit card companies not more competitive?
Many of us avoid thinking about life insurance because, well, it's kind of creepy. But it's also incredibly important. Learn why.
You might think that when it comes to big financial decisions, you only make logical, rational decisions. But research suggests that you don't.
Credit card companies have been trying to part us from our money for years — and their techniques are only getting more sophisticated.
Whether you're getting something for free from a company or giving your significant other a gift, discover how our minds assign less value to more stuff.
Learn why we treat some money differently from other money — and how to get a better overall grip on your finances.
Our illogical brains lead us to buy insurance when we need it the least and forget about it when we need it the most. Here's how to change the cycle.
We often think that having more choices is better. But in reality, having more options might cause us to make bad decisions — like getting risky mortgages.
Maslow's hierarchy of needs helps explain why humans react the way they do. And for credit card companies, it helps explain how to get more of your money.
Whether you're at the mall or online, retailers have plenty of tricks to help separate you from your cash. Learn what they are so you can shop smarter.
By making a few key moves before you shop, you can easily trick your brain into better credit card use. Here's how.
Your credit card company uses all sorts of sneaky statement tricks to keep you in debt. Learn what to look out for.
Even savvy shoppers can get sucked into credit card traps. Get the benefits of a rewards card and avoid the pitfalls by developing these habits.
There are a lot of parallels between losing weight and saving money — in fact, some of the best financial advice comes from dieting.