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For love or money?

Men and women have different financial motivators, according to a new poll.

  • Men and women have different financial motivators, according to a new RBC Direct Investing poll. For women, life events (27%) like saving for a child’s education or retirement are top-of-mind. For men, it’s all about measuring progress against their goals (28%). Confidence is another difference between the sexes, with less than half (47%) of women agreeing that they are good investors compared to a majority (61%) of men.
  • Online retail sales were up nearly 25% in the first half of 2012 compared to the same time last year, MasterCard said Thursday. Overall spending growth was much more modest from January to June coming in at 2.2%. While  shopping online is convenient don’t be lured by “deals” for things you don’t need, as Gail Vaz-Oxlade reminds us.
  • All eyes are on London making it the perfect time score some great travel deals at these former Olympic hotspots. Vancouver gets a shout-out but the folks over at Smart Money forgot to mention Barcelona. The 1992 host city nestled its Olympic village right on the beach with plenty of public art and parks nearby. Nice.
  • At roughly $84,000 for an four-year undergraduate degree, post-secondary education is likely one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make for yourself  or your kids. It’s no surprise then that the average graduate leaves school with a $27,747 debt burden. Here’s a roadmap TD designed to help lighten the load: