Posts by Kate Ashford

What Are Capital Gains? A Guide to When These Taxes Apply

Capital gains can be a tricky concept: Here’s what you need to know about them—and at what rate you’d be taxed. More

7 Ways We May Fool Ourselves About Money

Financial decisions aren’t always straightforward. Here are seven money traps you may fall into—and how to outsmart your brain. More

Taxes 101: Are You Withholding Enough?

Got a massive tax bill? Chances are you aren’t withholding enough. Let us explain. More

How Long Should I Keep My Financial Documents?

Do you have to shred financial files? We’ll help you start clearing a cluttered desk. More

13 Things That May Make Life Insurance More Costly

What’s driving up the cost of your life insurance? Here are some top offenders—and habits you can change that may help you save. More

What Are Your ‘High-Earning Years’? A Guide to Your Pay in Your 20s, 30s and 40s

You expect your income will rise consistently, in a straight line—but that’s not how it works. How can you fight the salary arc? More

Why You Shouldn’t Leave Your Retirement Savings in Cash

Why not bypass the unreliable stock market and keep your retirement savings somewhere safe … like a bank account? We’ll explain. More

The Lolita Effect: Are Male Execs Too Nervous to Mentor Young Women?

We asked male executives themselves: Is it true that men don’t want to mentor female employees? More

Do You Have to Classify Your Nanny as an ‘Employee’?

Got a nanny, gardener, housekeeper or another employee? Find out when you have to pay taxes on him or her—and how to do so. More

10 Ways to Reduce Those Steep College Costs

Dreading the thought of paying for college? Join the club. Try these creative suggestions to lower the giant price tag. More