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Help a Reader: 401k Rollover

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I was laid off from my job a couple of months ago.  I found a new job and everything seems to be ok now but I have a 401(k) from the old job just sitting there.  I know the best thing to do is an IRA rollover but I just don't know much beyond that.  Can I do a Roth or must it be traditional?  I don't like the thought of shelling out a lot for t […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of July 20

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. For now, here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile and some of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: This week's Best of Money Carnival was held at Wise Bread. The winning post was Median vs. […]

Your Credit Can Impact Your Career

Credit reports and credit scores -- we've talked about them both a lot here at Free Money Finance. Mostly we focus on how they can save us money on interest, insurance, etc., but today we'll be looking at the impact they can have on our careers. Here's what Yahoo says about the work/credit relationship: Forty-two percent of employers, including the U.S. […]

Make More Money by Being Tall

Ok, you can make more money if you: Are attractive Wear skirts and make-up (women) Have a touch of gray (men) Now add this to the list: be taller. Here's what Yahoo says on the subject of the height/pay relationship: There's a growing body of research that finds taller people make more money. […]

Note on Guest Posts and Excerpts

Just a quick note to tell you all that I've been taking and will take a bit more vacation this summer. As such, I've cut back to three posts per day and been using some guest posts and book excerpts to fill in the slots. […]

I'm in a Buying Mood

Here's a comment left on my post titled Are You Saving More?: Well, I'm still saving above 30% gross, but the truth is, I used to save more than this. The reason why is because of a lot of "recession deals" that I finally decided to take advantage of. I have literally years of stuff that I've put off simply because I didn't want to pay the full price so to speak. […]

A Full Credit Lockdown

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. It has some Virginia-focused info near the end, but the general suggestions still hold true for us all. In my first job teaching computer science, someone stole my wallet off my desk during my office hours. Although I canceled all my credit cards, the thief used them around town, buying everything from clothes to tobacco. […]

Sixteen Ways Students Can Make College Pay Off

The following is excerpted from 25 Ways to Make College Pay Off: Advice for Anxious Parents from a Professor Who's See It All (an excellent book IMO -- I'll be featuring more of it in the weeks to come) by Professor Bill Coplin (AMACOM 2007). Today we'll cover 16 of the 25 tips in the book -- the ones dealing with the students' part of college planning. […]

What Branding Can Do for You and Your Career

The following is excerpted with permission from Managing Brand You: 7 Steps to Creating Your Most Successful Self by Jerry S. Wilson and Ira Blumenthal (AMACOM 2008). I've written that you need to market yourself when you're looking for a new job, but you also need to market yourself to grow your career. […]

Best of Money Carnival #8

Just a note to let you know that this week's Best of Money Carnival is up at Wise Bread. As usual, it includes 10 great personal finance posts including the winner, Median vs. Mean: Know the Difference or Risk Being Manipulated. […]