The First Bricks in Your Financial House

In a world where there's no such thing as job security, you have to create your own safety net. Here's how to get started

"When I was your age…" Those are probably the five words a younger person least likes to hear, and who can blame him or her? But in putting together the stories for our current special report, which is focused on offering strategies and insights for younger people as they start to build their financial house, I couldn't help but think about the differences between when I started at my first "real" job in the early 1980s and what graduates encounter in 2007 as they start their working—and financial—lives.

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