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Dec 9, 2011

How to raise financially smart children

By Lou Carlozo

(Reuters) – If you worry whether your kids will fall into the future ranks of “haves” or “have-nots,” consider your own financial behavior in a more imperative duality: Are you a “doer” or a “dreamer”?

As college tuition and student loan debt continue to soar and job growth for graduates looks sluggish in many fields, the guidance parents give their kids matters more than ever, according to a new investor survey by TD Ameritrade (AMTD.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Nov 21, 2011

Families talk turkey at Thanksgiving financial meetings

By Lou Carlozo

(Reuters) – For most American families, there’s one major money-related tradition associated with Thanksgiving: Black Friday shopping. But for others, bargain hunting takes a back seat to a financial reality check.

They use this time together as an opportunity to discuss and review a host of financial issues ranging from estate planning and wills to investment and philanthropy.

Nov 15, 2011

Bargains, stability abound in college towns

By Lou Carlozo

(Reuters) – In March 2010, Elliott Vanskike and his wife bought a 2,000 square-foot home in Madison, Wisconsin for $375,000, pondering the quality of life for their kids as well as the quirks that come with thousands of college kids literally on your doorstep.

“The University of Wisconsin is a huge school,” says Vanskike, 47, “so when the students are here, they kind of take over.” But the writer/editor, who’s also an avid cyclist, loves the town’s bike-friendliness. (Madison often tops national rankings for its biking system), and its cultural vibrancy via museums, music and ethnic diversity.

Nov 15, 2011
Nov 15, 2011

Bargains, stability abound in college towns: Coldwell Banker

Nov 15 (Reuters) – In March 2010, Elliott Vanskike and his
wife bought a 2,000 square-foot home in Madison, Wisconsin for
$375,000, pondering the quality of life for their kids as well
as the quirks that come with thousands of college kids
literally on your doorstep.

“The University of Wisconsin is a huge school,” says
Vanskike, 47, “so when the students are here, they kind of take
over.” But the writer/editor, who’s also an avid cyclist, loves
the town’s bike-friendliness. (Madison often tops national
rankings for its biking system), and its cultural vibrancy via
museums, music and ethnic diversity.

Nov 14, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
Nov 9, 2011

When will our risk aversion wear off?

By Lou Carlozo

(Reuters) – Amid a burst housing bubble, worldwide jitters over government debt and the high-profile recklessness of some financial movers and shakers, markets in the U.S. and abroad have taken a beating.

Risk today, in almost any form, is seen as the enemy by a growing number of investors.

Nov 8, 2011

Six ways to predict your brokerage is about to crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The blow up of now bankrupt-MF Global proves that vetting a financial firm isn’t ever simple. Companies use accounting tricks and other machinations to hide problems until the last possible moment.

While no one expects individual investors to become forensic accountants, there are usually warning signs before a disaster strikes — you just have to know where to look.

Nov 7, 2011
    • About Lou

      "Lou Carlozo most recently served as the managing editor at WalletPop.com, AOL's personal finance website. He also wrote and created "The Recession Diaries" column at the Chicago Tribune, where he served as an editor and staff writer for 16 years. The author of a journalism textbook and an adjunct professor at National-Louis University, Carlozo is the lead popular music critic for Christian Century magazine, a contributor to Downbeat magazine and also writes the "Green Dad" column for DealNews.com. The opinions expressed are his own."
      Joined Reuters:
      2011
      Languages:
      French
      Awards:
      Bob Briner Impact Award, Biola University, 2007
      Chicago Tribune Innovator Award, 2005
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