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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

How to Improve Your Savings in 2019

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2019 is off to a fast start and hopefully the winter is over. Now that you are getting your taxes done for 2018, you may want to look at your financial picture for 2019. This is a great time to start boosting your savings and really focusing on your financial plan. Below are tips and helpful guidelines to help improve your savings in 2019. Please feel free to add any in the comments section below....
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What is the Sharing Economy

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While 5-10 years ago most people had never heard of the term sharing economy or knew exactly what it meant. Fast forward to today, and the reality is very different. Our modern economy includes an economic model that includes a sharing economy. But what exactly does that mean? Below is a summary of what a sharing economy is and how it affects your everyday life. A sharing economy has many facets, but is a mode...
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Personal Finance for High School Students

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There is an issue I think needs to be addressed in public high schools. While the core classes like algebra, geometry, and English are critical, these schools are putting enough focus on everyday skills like personal finance. I think personal finance should be a core class in high school. Learning these skills in high schools will help the student through adulthood, and may even find a job. I bet there are many that find themselves...
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What are Accelerators, Incubators, and Innovation Labs?

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In today’s startup world, you have probably heard of the terms accelerators, incubators, and innovation labs. These are great to help startups and founders grow their business into something viable. While there is a lot of similarities, the programs do have some key differences and are set up differently as well. Below I will describe these in detail. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions in the comment section. Also please feel free...
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Frank
Has anyone participated in one of these the past few years?
Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:35
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2018 Stock Market In Review

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For those who don’t follow the stock market on a regular basis, I thought I would provide a high level summary and recap. Most investors are relieved that 2018 is over. There were a lot of highs, including the tax-cut optimism, to quite a lot of lows, especially the last few months. From a U.S. stock market perspective, it was the worst performance since 2008 during the financial crises. The S&P 500 fell 6.2% for...
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Wanderer
Good review of 2018. Appreciate the concise review.
Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:42
Frank
Thanks Wanderer. After every year do you compare how your total portfolio did compared to the U.S. or global stock market?
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 12:57
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What is Fintech?

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I would say I read a fintech type article everyday now. Fintech companies have exploded into the mainstream over the last 10+ years. However, many people may not exactly know what ”fintech” is, so I put together a very simple summary. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions in the comments section below. FinTech or financial technology really describes the intersection of financial services and technology. Most of the time it refers to...
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Wanderer
Glad you provided this information as I know little or nothing on the subject. Call it a "heads up" if you will. Seems there may b... Read More
Thursday, 29 November 2018 20:24
Frank
Thanks Wanderer. It is a very interesting industry as I am trying to learn as much as I can as well.
Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:42
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How to Prepare for the Next Recession

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If you survived the Great Recession of 2008, then you know just how bad it can get. Companies layoff employees. Household income declines while unemployment and bankruptcies rises. The country and consumers experience financial hardship in a grand scale. A recession is happens when the economy declines six months in a row. It’s hard to predict exactly when a recession will hit or what will cause it, but knowing there’s a possibility means you should...
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I would recommend at least 3 months of savings. 6 months is better, but I would recommend at least 3 no matter what.
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:43
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How do you Know When it’s a Good Time to Purchase a House?

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A home purchase is a huge decision. There is a lot to factor in, and it may end up being the biggest financial purchase you make in your life. Below are a few indications that would let you know you might be ready to buy a home. 20% in Savings : Many people/websites have different opinions on this, but I recommend having at least 20% of your home purchase in savings you can use as...
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How the New Imposed Tariffs Will Impact your Wallet

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You have probably seen in the news lately, the discussions of proposed tariffs with many countries including China and Europe. While I will not discuss the political aspects of tariffs, I wanted to share a summary of what exactly a tariff is and how they could impact your wallet. A tariff is bascially a tax that the government places on imported goods. The tariff proceeds go to the government and a tariff is used to...
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Frank
It seems like the media buzz has become quiet on this topic, anyone else notice this?
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:20
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What is Cryptocurrency?

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No matter where you turn to on the internet, you see articles and articles on Cryptocurrency. Even friends and family are likely pushing you to “invest” in cryptocurrency. However, given the incredibly fast rise of cryptocurrency, do many people even know what cryptocurrency really is? I decided to try to summarize what cryptocurrency is and offer you some additional high level details. What is Cryptocurrency? A cryptocurrency is a digital / virtual currency designed to...
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Wanderer
Really appreciate your offering all this information in one place. For me it has been so scattered I could not understand. At leas... Read More
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:47
latoyairby
This is a great comprehensive introduction.
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:54
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