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New data show that girls aren't getting the financial education boys are. Find out what they both should know.

By QuinStreet Fri 12:36 PM

This post comes from Richard Barrington at partner site MoneyRates.com.


MoneyRates.com on MSN MoneyWomen are not as good with financial matters as men.


 Family © CorbisIt's a stubborn stereotype, and if there is any truth to that statement, it may be because it has been made into a self-fulfilling prophecy by differences in how boys and girls are raised. A recent survey by T. Rowe Price found that parents are more likely to discuss financial goals with their sons than with their daughters, and that boys are twice as likely to have their own credit cards as girls.


This comes on the heels of a MoneyRates.com survey that found that boys are more likely than girls to receive financial education in school. So, both at home and at school, girls are being shortchanged when it comes to financial lessons.


Money wisdom for all children

Given that men and women alike have to manage their personal finances, it is equally important to teach boys and girls some fundamental money skills. Here are six financial lessons you should teach each of your kids before they leave the nest:

 

The golden years probably had more gold for your parents than they will for you. Here’s why and what you can do.

By MSN Money Partner Fri 12:33 PM

This post comes from Marilyn Lewis at partner site Money Talks News. 

 

Money Talks News on MSN MoneyRegardless how old you are now, it's likely you'll have a harder time pulling off a financially secure retirement than your parents did.


Many of us haven’t planned and saved well, it's true. But, also, fundamental changes in American life make it harder for today's generations to achieve a comfortable life after work.

 

Business travelers can save on lodging by booking outside the city center.

By Cheapism.com Fri 11:56 AM
This post comes from Louis DeNicola at partner site Cheapism.com.

Cheapism.com on MSN MoneySmall business owners know the value of saving a buck. Cutting costs here and there means more funds to invest in the business. Travel expenses, whether for a conference or an important meeting, provide fertile ground for cost reductions. Going beyond the obvious "enroll in a frequent flyer program," we focused on lodging as an underappreciated source of savings for small business travelers.

Las Vegas © Ocean/CorbisFinding a safe and inexpensive place to spend the night can be a challenge. Business is often conducted in major metropolitan areas, drawing hordes of out-of-town businesspeople in need of a hotel. The law of supply and demand typically leads to hefty hotel and motel rates, especially mid-week. Moreover, small business owners compete for space with tourists and with employees of big companies that have negotiated good deals with hotel chains.

For the business owner who wants to travel on the cheap, some general tips always apply: Split the cost of a room with a colleague. Don't rent a car unless absolutely necessary. Choose a hotel with free breakfast and parking (in case the car is a must). Following these simple rules can trim hundreds of dollars from your budget.

But there are more savings to pluck.
 

Harvard research indicates that the chasm between the rich and poor continues to grow and that there's no sign it will narrow anytime soon.

By MSN Money Partner Thu 1:54 PM

This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News. 

 

Only part of the economy is prospering, and that’s going to end up hurting us all.


Money Talks News on MSN MoneyThat's the finding of a new Harvard Business School study (.pdf file) on U.S. competitiveness. The study, based on interviews with 1,947 Harvard Business School alumni, said that although larger U.S. companies are showing good signs of recovery since the financial crisis, things don't look nearly as sunny for many American workers.


Businessman with cigar © Juice Images , SuperStock According to the study:

A truly competitive U.S. economy would lift both firms and citizens. But our survey findings and other evidence reveal that that is not happening today in America. Instead, our "recovering" economy is doing just half its job: The typical large or midsized firm in America is rallying or even prospering, as are highly skilled individuals. But many middle- and working-class citizens and small businesses are struggling.

The Boston Globe reported that while the average income rose 4 percent in the past three years, "most of that increase has been concentrated among the highest earners. Meantime, the income of a typical family has dropped 5 percent, to $46,700, from $49,000 in that period."


That ever-widening gap between America's rich and the middle- and lower-class is "unsustainable," the study said. It explains why, while offering a prescription for change:

 

Take these steps to make sure you're not paying more for a car loan than you really need to.

By MSN Money Partner Thu 1:50 PM
This post comes from Marilyn Lewis at partner site Money Talks News. 

 

Money Talks News on MSN MoneyCar loans are growing bigger and bigger. The average amounts auto buyers financed hit highs this year, according to Experian Automotive:

  • The average new-vehicle loan in the first quarter of 2014 was $27,612. That's $964 more than last year.
  • The average used-vehicle loan was $17,927 -- up $395 from 2013.

These are large loans. Before you speed into this kind of debt, why not pause to learn how to keep down your borrowing costs?

 

Some colleges and universities actually guarantee that their students will find jobs after they complete their degrees. Discover which institutions are going out on a limb.

By MSN Money Partner Thu 1:46 PM

This post comes from Maryalene LaPonsie at partner site Money Talks News. 

 

Money Talks News on MSN Money Nearly 20 years ago, when I was preparing to graduate from high school, college was not a choice; it was an expectation. Time and time again, it was stressed that without a degree, my classmates and I would find ourselves flipping burgers for life.


College graduate (© Corbis)Over the years, as student debt has climbed and some graduates find they aren't getting their dream jobs, the tide seems to have turned. Today, we have former Secretary of Education William Bennett questioning the value of four-year degrees, while others are outright dismissing the importance of all formal higher education.


Perhaps to get students (and their checkbook-holding parents) back on board, some colleges and universities are now guaranteeing their degrees will translate into jobs after graduation.

 

By packing school lunches in your very own kitchen, you'll no longer have to trade nutritious for quick and easy.

By Cheapism.com Thu 10:54 AM
This post comes from Raechel Conover at partner site Cheapism.com.

Cheapism.com on MSN MoneyNow that the school year has finally started, you're no doubt facing the school lunch dilemma. You know, the one that goes something like this: the easy but costly and possibly unhealthy option of letting the kids buy lunch at school or the more complicated but cheaper and healthier option of packing school lunches every day yourself.

School lunch (© Stockbyte/SuperStock/SuperStockWith our five tips on how to save money by packing school lunches in your very own kitchen, you'll no longer have to trade nutritious for quick and easy. You'll have healthy school lunches and change in your pocket.
 

Experts say the value of a used iPhone drops up to 20 percent within weeks of a new release. Find out how to sell your old iPhone before the new iPhone 6 hits stores.

By Cheapism.com Thu 10:41 AM
This post comes from Louis DeNicola at partner site Cheapism.com.

Cheapism.com on MSN MoneyFor iPhone owners who plan to upgrade to the latest edition after Apple's Sept. 9 media event, time is running out to start looking at where and how to sell their current phones. Experts familiar with the resale market warn that the value of a current iPhones drops dramatically in the weeks following the latest model's release (sometimes in the weeks prior to the release as well).

Anyone who wishes to upgrade to the iPhone 5s or 5c, on the other hand, need only bide their time to get a bargain.

Portrait of various smartphones © Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty ImagesLast year, we spoke with Nik Ramen, chief operating officer and co-founder of uSell, a service that connects sellers to a network of professional buyers, to gather inside tips on selling an iPhone. His first point: Lock in a price right away. USell's data from the 2012 iPhone 5 releases showed that the existing version lost 5 percent of its value in the first week following the new edition's launch; 12 percent by the second week; and 20 percent by the third or fourth week.
 

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