How to start financial planning early

The average cost of raising a child to age 17 is almost $250,000 for a middle-income family. Those are government numbers, and starting sooner rather than later is the best way to prepare.

Real unemployment shows some people still struggling to find work

'Real' unemployment is the measure of people out of work, those who work part-time, plus people who've dropped out of the workforce. At 6.7%, it's the lowest since the government started measuring the number in 1994. That's great news, unless you're one of those people.

Get SMART about budgeting in the new year

American consumers often spend much more than they make, while a third don't even bother to budget their money. One financial expert suggests they get SMART about their finances.

Dow hits 29,000 for first time ever

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed above 29,000 for the first time despite the December jobs report falling short of expectations. All three of the major averages were trading in record territory.