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Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown's personal finance columns have appeared in over 100 newspapers. He has blogged for The New York Times and PBS' Nightly Business Report, and he writes regularly for Knowledge@Wharton, the business journal at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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More Than One Kid? Your College Giving Will Go Wrong

By Jeff Brown

Giving money, stocks or other valuables to loved ones is a nice thing to do. But if you have more than one to give to, how can you be fair?

10:00AM 04/24/14

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By Taking Fewer Test Drives, Car Buyers Steer Themselves Wrong

By Jeff Brown

Thanks to the Internet, many now make quick work of car shopping, often completing the process in just a few hours.

10:00AM 04/22/14

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Wrong Question Brings Lower Social Security Payout

By Jeff Brown

Starting Social Security payments early makes sense for only two groups, including those expecting to die young. But not many people do the logical thing.

10:00AM 04/17/14

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These Are Your Last-Minute, Tax Day IRA Options

By Jeff Brown

Investors who don't want to do a lot of investment research, or feel unequipped for it, have a couple of easy options.

10:00AM 04/15/14

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How to Use Other People's Open Houses to Sell Your Own Home

By Jeff Brown

Though most sellers don't think of it, exploring open houses provides a chance to see how their home compares.

10:00AM 04/10/14

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Foreclosures Plunge Back to 2008 Levels

By Jeff Brown

Just five states -- Florida, Michigan, Texas, California and Georgia -- account for nearly half the foreclosures completed in the 12 months ended with February.

10:00AM 04/08/14

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Is There Any Benefit to Actively Managed Funds?

By Jeff Brown

When index funds provide fine returns and managed funds provide plenty of risk and higher fees, it's a reasonable question for any investor to ask.

10:00AM 04/03/14

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How to Tell If Mortgage Prepayments Make Sense With Today's Low Interest Rates

By Jeff Brown

It's easy to see this investment is more profitable when loan rates are high, but prepayments can still pay off under today's relatively low rates.

10:00AM 04/01/14

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Single, Joint Accounts or Both? How New Couples Should Bank

By Jeff Brown

A look at 1,000 couples that had joint bank accounts found 42% also maintained individual accounts, and there are certainly benefits.

10:00AM 03/27/14

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Recovery Means You Need to Look at Local Real Estate Markets Again

By Jeff Brown

The country is no longer in a monolithic mess. The West Coast is a seller's market, while the Midwest and East Coast favor buyers.

10:00AM 03/25/14

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