Greetings and welcome to The Sacramento Bee's first-ever Personal Finance blog. Why this, why now? Because money matters. And coming out of the so-called "Great Recession" (what's "great" about it, I haven't figured out yet), it's clear there's a real desire by all of us to be better informed about our personal finances.
So this blog intends to offer up news, tips, tools and resources that can help you figure out the often-baffling world of personal finances.
It's also the new home to our longstanding "Ask the Experts" panel, which is a rotating group of local experts on taxes (both IRS and California), investing, personal finances, wills/trusts and job hunting.
It's pretty simple: You ask our experts questions; they give you answers. And it's free.
It's all part of The Bee's mission to keep our readers informed on stuff that matters in everyday life. We've all heard the buzz phrase, "financial literacy." It's really just a better-sounding way of saying "money smarts."
Bottom line: I'm no expert, but my goal is to share with you what I'm learning about money smarts. That way, we're all in this quest for financial literacy together.