04.17.17
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Two Pieces of Unconventional Wisdom in the Traditional vs. Roth IRA Debate

There are some flaws in the conventional wisdom surrounding the traditional vs. Roth IRA debate that may be costing you money. The conventional wisdom says

04.16.17
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House Hunting? You Might Want to Wait Until Winter to Buy a Home

As the weather gets warmer, millions of Americans are gearing up to buy a new home. We’re entering peak real estate season, as May, June,

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401(k) Vesting: What It Is and Why It Matters

You’ve almost certainly heard that if you’re saving for retirement, taking full advantage of your 401(k) employer match should be your first step. That match

03.14.17
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What NOT to Do When Selling Your Home

I’ll never forget an open house I visited in 2008. I asked our realtor to look around for some larger homes – possibly a two-story

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The Pros and Cons of Investing With Robo Advisors

The last few decades have been very good for individual investors. Vanguard introduced the first publicly available index fund in 1976, and since then index

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10 Simple Investments You Can Make in Yourself for a Huge Return on Your Money and Time

So often, we think of investments as being purely about dollars in and dollars out. If you put $10,000 into an investment with an average

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I’d Rather Be ‘Average’ Than Broke

When you read up on investing, it’s easy to get the sense that there’s one way to invest for “average” people, and another way to

02.06.17
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Six Times You Should Hire a Financial Planner (and Three Times You Shouldn’t)

Financial planners get a bad rap, and to a large extent that’s deserved. Far too many “planners” are really just salesmen in disguise, tasked with leading

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What a Good Financial Planner Does (and Doesn’t Do)

When just about anyone can call themselves a financial planner, it’s understandably hard for consumers to know whom to trust for financial advice. See, unlike

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Seven Ways to Save Money As a Landlord

Around a decade ago, my husband and I bought our first rental property. We weren’t entirely sure what we were doing, but we were determined

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Everything You Need to Know About Expense Ratios

If you want better investment returns, one of the smartest things you can do is find lower-cost investments. Not only are smaller fees a good

12.27.16
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The Glass-Steagall Act, Explained

Glass-Steagall refers to four sections of the Banking Act of 1933, which were set to remedy the absolute power of the financial sector by creating a

12.22.16
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Six Predictions for the Housing Market in 2017

It’s nearly impossible to discuss the 2017 real estate market forecast without factoring in the Trump Effect. President-elect Donald Trump and his rhetoric, which may

12.19.16
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Five Investing Resolutions for 2017

How can you make better investment decisions in 2017? Decisions that increase your odds of success and get you closer to reaching your goals? Here

12.15.16
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What is a Conventional Loan?

A home is the largest purchase most people ever make. To underscore the importance even further, let’s not forget that most people end up paying

12.09.16
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Rules of the Roth IRA: Income Limits, Contributions, and More

For many financial growth professionals, Roth IRAs are the most exciting play in the retirement savings game. It’s easy to understand why: tax-free growth and

11.30.16
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Best Free Stock Trading Brokers of 2017

I’ve been investing for over a decade and have rubbed elbows with many different kinds of investors. It never ceases to amaze me how some

11.28.16
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Should You Invest Your Short-Term Savings?

A lot of people hate the idea of keeping money in a savings account. They feel like it’s just sitting there, earning next to nothing,