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Color of Money: When money opposites attract

WASHINGTON -- We hear so often that many couples are money opposites, that their differences lead to some fierce financial fights.

Nonetheless, would you believe a new survey that says Americans find frugality desirable in a mate? Ally Bank ...

Color of Money: The new deal for lovers

WASHINGTON -- There are so many things I love about my husband, including that we have the same financial values.

I'm thrifty; he's thrifty. I love saving; he loves to save. We rarely have a major disagreement about money. At the start of our ...

Color of Money: Keeping tax breaks for 529 plans

WASHINGTON -- The plan was to take away a very generous tax break for college savings. It was, I believed, as did so many other college savings advocates, ill-conceived.

President Obama had proposed taxing the earnings in 529 plans; avoiding ...

Color of Money: Making personal finance personal

WASHINGTON -- When Danita Wadley talks about her clients, she often uses "we."

Wadley is a licensed financial coach in Houston whose job is to help people navigate various personal finance issues. When I talked to her about 49-year-old Traci ...

Color of Money: The IRS mess

WASHINGTON -- This is shaping up as an ugly tax season. It is not the year to procrastinate. Start gathering your stuff now, and file early and electronically.

The Internal Revenue Service, which brings in the dollars to fund the government, ...