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Ask Carrie: The Personal Side of Money

Investing from a Family Perspective

Schwab Chief Strategist for Consumer Education Carrie Schwab Pomerantz provides practical advice on difficult financial topics that face today’s families. By subscribing via RSS, you can have each weekly column delivered directly to you as soon as it’s published on Schwab.com.

Worried About Student Loan Debt? You’re Not Alone.
by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
June 07, 2017

When it comes to financial concerns for today's grads, student debt tops the charts. Here's what you can do about it.

Which Credit Cards Are Right for You?
by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
May 31, 2017

Credit card offers are alluring, but be sure to look at the big picture before signing up.

Independent Contractors: Is Your Money Working as Hard as You Are?
by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
May 24, 2017

As an independent contractor, you're not only your own boss—you're your own CFO. And there's a lot to think about.

How Can Couples Max Out Social Security Benefits?
by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
May 17, 2017

While Social Security changed the rules, it’s still worth it for couples to strategize on how to max out benefits. 

Are You Financially Ready to Hit the Road?
by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
May 10, 2017

A little pre-planning can help keep your dream vacation from becoming a financial nightmare. 

What Financial Lessons Did You Learn From Your Mother?
by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
May 03, 2017

Whether or not you realize it, you're teaching your kids about money every day. Here's how to help make it count.

Top 10 Financial Tips for Today's Grads
by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
April 26, 2017

Graduation brings new freedoms but also new responsibilities—especially when it comes to money. Are you ready?

What Happens to Your Income-Driven Student Loan Plan as Your Salary Increases?
by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
April 19, 2017

An income-driven repayment plan for your student loans doesn't have to short-change your career—or salary—goals.

What's the Best Way to Invest in a Rising Market?
by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
April 12, 2017

If you try to time the market, your chance of losing is as great as your chance of winning. Rebalancing is the key.

What's the Best Use for a Bonus?
by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
April 05, 2017

Should you spend or save your bonus? With a little thought and planning, you can do both. 

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