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

Personal Finance Tips in your 30s

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As I creep into my 30s (I won’t tell you my exact age!), I think it is even more important to stay on top of your personal finances. As you move into your 40s and 50s, you will likely have less flexibility, so it is really important to take some important financial strides in your 30s. Below are personal finance tips for your 30s! Please let me know if anyone else has anything to add!...
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How to Prepare Yourself Financially When You are Expecting a Baby?

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For all of those lucky future parents out there, a baby is going to be a wonderful new adventure for you. Few things are as satisfying as watching your child grow up. One important thing you should consider is prioritizing your personal finances as soon as you know you are adding to your family. Below are some helpful tips people have given me to help ensure your family has a happy future.  Create a budget...
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Best Personal Finance Apps

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Nowadays you can do so much on your phone, including your personal finances. There are also a ton of options out there and they are not all equal! Below are my favorite budget and personal finance apps. Mint : This is the gold standard app for your personal finance needs. The app is effectively an all-in-one resource for creating a budget, tracking your spending, and monitoring your overall finance needs. Mint lets you know when...
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I would like to add the majority of these apps can be extracted into Excel if you prefer to use and analysis in Excel.
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:36
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What are Robo-advisors?

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If you have performed any research on the investment advisor industry recently, you likely have seen a lot of companies offering robo-advisor investment solutions. A lot of people might not fully understand what robo-advisors are and how they work. Below is a summary of robo-advisors. Please feel free to comment in the comment section below if you have any positive or negative experience.  Robo-advisors are a new online software that helps you manage your investments....
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I met with a few rob-advisors last week over the phone. I am going to put roughly 25% of my portfolio into robo-advisors. I will ... Read More
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:19
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What is a 529 plan

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As I discussed last month, a 529 plan is a great way to save for your children’s future. However, many people may not know what a 529 plan is and what kind of benefits it offers to you and your children. Below is a high level summary of what a 529 plan is. Please feel free to include any questions or experiences with 529 plans in the comments section below. A 529 plan is a...
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I just opened my own account for my future child. When she is born, I will transfer it over to her name.
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:18
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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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Tips and Tricks to Organize your Personal Finances

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Most people do not want to organize their personal finances, but it is very important to do so. This helps you stay on top of your finances and it helps save you from disaster. It also can help your sense of well-being and provides you the information to make good financial decisions. Below are some tips and tricks to help simplify and organize your personal finances. Put together a budget and review it at least...
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A new one I have recently added: Find a personal finance partner to work this. I meet once a week to discuss personal finance topi... Read More
Thursday, 30 August 2018 09:10
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Tips for Opening a Savings Account With a Small Amount of Money

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Building a savings habit is one of the best things you can do for your financial health. Don’t put off saving money because you think you don’t have enough. The key is to look for a savings account with no minimum balance requirement. This way you can open your savings account, even if you’re not ready to put anything in it yet, and deposit money as you can afford to. Look for an Online Bank...
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Most online banks have a very minimal or no minimum. So you have no excuse!!
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:19
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Tips and Tricks to Start a Side Hustle

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“Side hustles” are all the rage now and many people are starting them to make extra cash. This is in addition to their full-time jobs, and while there is plenty of opportunity out there for people to start one, many are not because they feel it is too difficult to start one. Below are some tips and tricks to help make sure you can get your side hustle off the ground. I can promise you,...
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Has anyone started a side hustle this year? positive/negative experiences?
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:11
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5 Things to Look for In a Stock Trading App

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In the past, trading stocks would have required you to meet with a stock broker who would make the trade on your behalf. In exchange for making the trade, the stock broker would charge a fee and even require a minimum investment in the five or six figures. Smartphones and the fintech evolution have made stock investing much easier, faster, and far less expensive. With stock trading apps, you can start with a minimal investment,...
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I am curious, what portion of people actually use a stock trading app? I only use desktop, but curious if I am an outlier.
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:09
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