Brigitte Madrian: On Saving and Investing

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With so much focus on the economy and jobs, we recently spoke with Harvard Kennedy School’s Brigitte Madrian about what Americans can do to better save and invest. Madrian has four major pieces of advice: start saving through an employer sponsored savings plan, periodically reevaluate and increase your savings, pick a diversified asset allocation and keep the money in your savings account as long as possible.

Do you try and save your money?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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