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Joanne Kuster

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Money Godmother blog
General Finance
Investing, Parenting/Family
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
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You don’t plan to be a caregiver. It just happens. You step up. It’s probably not a convenient time in your life. You may not even… ...
Posted: Nov 14 2017 @ 8:19 PM
Do you have at least one savings account' Okay, interest rates are paltry. So why bother with regular savings accounts' Why not just let that idle… ...
Posted: Nov 08 2017 @ 3:58 PM
It isn’t easy for a beginner to find a great pro for anything, especially when buying financial advice. When you’re “small potatoes,” relying on well-meaning peers… ...
Posted: Nov 01 2017 @ 10:00 AM
Remember when…buyers paid cash or wrote a check? There were no debit cards to swipe or phone apps to scan. Credit cards? Consumers without a steady… ...
Posted: Oct 25 2017 @ 6:11 PM
Women business owners account for almost one third of all small companies today. Compare that to 40 years ago, when women owned just 5% of America’s small businesses. This is National Business Women’s Week – what a great time to draw attention to women entrepreneurs and celebrate progress. Women business owners have been on the rise at rates higher than the overall national average since the 2008 recession, according to U.S. Small ...
Posted: Oct 17 2017 @ 11:29 AM
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Nobody can give a better lesson on protecting yourself from fraud crimes than Frank Abagnale, Jr. You might remember the book or movie, Catch Me If You Can, the biographical crime story of Abagnale as a young fraudster. But for some 40 years since, Abagnale has worked for the FBI and become one of the world’s most respected experts on forgery, embezzlement, fraud and identity theft. I ...
Posted: Oct 06 2017 @ 8:25 PM
Want to buy stock in a company, but don’t know where to start? How do you sort through a sea of choices to uncover a stock that may be right for you? Finding a stock you can buy doesn’t have to be difficult—or boring. And, you don’t need to be a financial wizard to logically pick a quality investment. Good stocks lie scattered around your everyday life in plain sight, like ...
Posted: Sep 27 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Equifax’s big data breach is scary. It’s not the last hack we’ll see either. They keep getting more massive, frequent and sophisticated. It can take you years to recover from resulting identity theft. A data breach will eventually get you, if one hasn’t already. The recent theft of personal data from Equifax compromised more than half of us – 143 million+ credit files. It’s the largest and most insidious yet. What data ...
Posted: Sep 20 2017 @ 1:15 PM
Your employer may have recently informed you about changes to the company retirement plan. Don’t remember? Not paying attention to those notices can cost you.   Bor-ing! Do you typically ignore those small-print, periodic notices your employer sends about “minor changes” and fees for your retirement plan or pension? That stuff is just so complicated and confusing…and who has time to sort through legal jargon anyway? So…..you’ll do it later??? Not! It’s not easy ...
Posted: Sep 12 2017 @ 6:15 PM
Learning to save and invest is not much different than learning to throw a baseball, play piano or be polite. Teaching the skills to help your children (and you) build wealth is not an expensive proposition…but failing to teach is. Getting schooled.  Every year, parents pay for their kids to be more competitive – in music, athletics, dance, art, academics and more. They shell out thousands to build up these skills. Yet ...
Posted: Sep 06 2017 @ 6:51 PM


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