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Kim Petch
Kim is the writer behind Balance Junkie, a blog about personal finance, economics, investing, and life balance. You can also find her articles featured on Seeking Alpha. She's a big fan of her three sons, paying down the mortgage and baseball - in that order.

All I Need to Know about Money I Learned in Kindergarten

By Kim Petch

personal finance tipsThere’s an interesting poem by Robert Fulghum from a book called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I first came across it while I was training to be a teacher. Working in a number of kindergarten classrooms made me realize that there was a lot of truth in the poem, but I didn’t fully appreciate its message until I had children of my own.

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How to Increase Your Financial Literacy

By Kim Petch

The Information JungleWith the economy having thrown many of us for a loop over the past couple of years, there is more demand than ever for quality, unbiased financial information. People have a lot of questions about personal finance, investing, and basic economics.

Some of them are very simple: How can I save more money? How much debt is too much? Should I save for retirement or pay down debt? Some are more sophisticated: What’s the safest place for my money right now? Is it realistic to expect the stock market to deliver average annual returns of 7% or better over the next 10 years? How will economic trends and central bank policy affect my job, my investments, and my life?

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