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Does Your Teen Need to File a Tax Return?
March 12, 2014

Whether or not your teen needs to file a tax return, a first job can be a great lesson in financial reality.

When You Cash Out a Custodial Account, Who Declares the Gains or Losses?
February 19, 2014

When you take over a custodial account, the gains—and the losses—are yours for better or worse.

529 Accounts: What Happens When Your Child Doesn't Go to College?
December 11, 2013

Kid not going to college? Don't despair. Those 529 assets can be used for a variety of higher education costs.

Got Kids? Make Life a Little Easier With This Financial Checklist
October 30, 2013

Raising kids is expensive, but being financially prepared isn't just about money—it's about planning ahead.

Student Loans: Things to Consider Before—and After—You Borrow
October 9, 2013

Student loans can mean future opportunity—or a heap of financial trouble. Weigh the pros and cons before you sign.

Saving for College: Five Steps to Get You Started
September 25, 2013

Don't panic about the future cost of college. Instead, put yourself on a savings program you can stick with.

Can Middle Schoolers Learn to Make Smart Money Choices?
September 11, 2013

Learning about money is a hands-on experience. Give your kids financial responsibility and the lessons will follow.

Your Empty Nest Is Full Again. Now What?
June 26, 2013

When a young adult moves back home, it can be a plus for both of you—as long as you set some limits.

Can a Preschooler Learn the Value of Money?
May 15, 2013

Even young kids can learn about money if you make it fun. And it can be as simple as a trip to the store.

How Can You Close the College Saving Gap?
February 13, 2013

There's more than one way to pay for college. Plan your strategy now—and get your kids involved, too.

Do Student Savings Mean Less Financial Aid?
October 24, 2012

Facing college costs? Learn some strategies for maximizing financial aid eligibility.

Which Should Come First: College or Work?
June 27, 2012

Taking a break before college can be a good idea—as long the time is spent getting a real-world education.

What's the Best Financial Protection for a Special Needs Child?
June 6, 2012

While the day-to-day care of a special needs child can be challenging, providing a secure financial future is equally important—and potentially complicated.

What's The Best Way to Invest for Your Grandchildren's College Education?
October 19, 2011

Investing on behalf of your grandchildren is a fantastic—and generous—idea. But choosing the right investment account demands some thought!

Does It Make Sense to Prepay College Tuition?
September 14, 2011

There's no easy way to reduce private school tuition. But many schools offer an easy way to reduce the impact of inflation.

Should Teens Be Expected to Work to Help Save for College?
June 1, 2011

A summer job can be a boost for a college fund as well as a teenager's self-esteem. But be sure to set some realistic parameters.

Jean Chatzky Speaks to Parents of Teens: Yes, Your Kids Want to Learn About Money!
March 2, 2011

Teens want to learn about money. Get advice on teaching them from money expert Jean Chatzky.

How You Give Money to Your Children Can Be as Important as How Much
August 18, 2010

Read an article from Schwab expert Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz about why giving money to adult kids can raise some sticky issues.

Welcome to the Real World: Financial Advice for New Grads
June 16, 2010

Your kid has graduated, but there's one more class he or she needs to take: Personal Finance 101.

Saving for Your Child’s Future? Define That Future!
March 17, 2010

'Save for the future.' Good advice, but it doesn't tell you where to save. Know what you're saving for, and your choices will be clearer.

Helping Young Adults Means More Than Writing a Check
April 9, 2009

Can you help your kids financially without weakening their motivation? Yes, but you have to be selective about the type of help you give.