Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 4:01 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Calculate your income needs before settling on the magic number for retirement assets.

Monday, March 24, 2014 6:05 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The number of wealthy households has reached or surpassed pre-recession levels.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 6:00 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

It’s easier than you think to retire rich.

Monday, February 11, 2013 6:00 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

These tidbits about wealth and investing will make you think.

Sunday, August 05, 2012 12:46 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Would you need $5 million to consider yourself wealthy?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:00 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

They’re young, rich and not afraid to spend hundreds of millions for the right mansion.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 5:19 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is finding himself in an awkward spot: He’s defending his net worth and at the same time trying to keep it private.

Sunday, April 01, 2012 11:54 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

You wouldn’t want to put this baseball card in your bicycle spokes: A 1909 card of Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, whose nickname was “The Flying Dutchman,” will probably sell at auction for between $1.2 million and $1.5 million. The card is owned by a Texas businessman who wishes to remain anonymous.

Photo: Bloomberg

In his 21-year career with the Pirates, Wagner hit a career batting average of .327 and was known as one of the greatest players of the time. If you’re thinking anyone would be crazy to buy a baseball card for $1 million plus, it’s actually less than half the price of another Wagner baseball card.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 4:15 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Think you’ve experienced the pain of investment losses? Everything being relative, the net worth of Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, dropped an astounding $478.4 million in a day. As of March 2, his total net worth was $68.5 billion, making his one-day loss much less significant as it

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 6:31 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Do you need to have money to make money? Not necessarily. With dedication, consistency and time, it’s possible to start from scratch and end up at least in the top 10 percent of wealthiest Americans by the time you retire. According to researcher Spectrem Group, the number of U.S. households worth $1 million or more

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