Debt Is a Taboo Conversation Topic

As a young adult, my parents taught me to never discuss religion or politics in a social setting, especially if you know and like the other people in the room. I’ve since learned that sex is often included along with religion and politics in the trifecta of taboo polite conversation topics. Trust me, growing up 50 years ago in the farmlands of Ohio it went without saying that sex wasn’t something you talked about in public (or even in private, for that …

Moms Are Better Than Dads (About Money Talks)

OK, so maybe I’m a little biased. But a new survey finds what we mothers have known all along: We’re better than dads when it comes to discussing money matters with our adult kids. “Moms are more likely and open to having deep, detailed discussions,” says Lauren Brouhard, a senior vice president for retirement with Fidelity Investments, which conducted the survey. “What’s really important is that these not just be surface discussions,” Brouhard adds. “Nobody wants surprises down the road, …