`Money 101' site provides primer on managing finances

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September 19, 2004|By John M. Moran | John M. Moran,The Hartford Courant

Punch up: http://money.cnn.com/pf/101/

Why it clicks: Money can be a complicated subject, but it needn't be overwhelming if you start by learning the basics. For a quick primer - or a refresher - turn to "Money 101," a 23-step program for mastering the basics of managing your finances.

The download: Created by the writers and editors of Money magazine, this quick course touches on saving, budgeting, banking, investing, borrowing and planning for retirement, just to name a few topics.

The information is delivered in easy-to-understand language that helps demystify complex topics. Take, for example, this simple yet wise advice on buying life insurance: "Older people and those not in the best of health pay steeply higher rates for life insurance. So buy as early as you can, but don't buy until you have dependents."

In all, "Money 101" offers hundreds of such tips on managing your money.

- John M. Moran, The Hartford Courant

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