Finance Globe

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

Personal Savings Rate for Americans

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On another positive note, I wanted to share how savings rates have recently changed during this pandemic. To quickly summarize, Americans are saving significantly more and spending less. In fact, Americans saved a record amount of their income in April, as the coronavirus pandemic caused businesses across the country to shut down and individuals were encouraged to stay in their homes.According to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Friday, the personal savings rate...
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Personal Finance Concerns During COVID-19

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While a lot of people thought we may be done with COVID-19, it seems to have come back and it might not being going away for awhile! Given the economic uncertainties, it is very important to keep a close eye on your personal finances and to continue to assess your current financial situation. Below are a few common areas for financial concerns that may have already come up or could come up in the near future.Missed...
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Good outline for the COVID19 times. Seems some people still believe this is just a flu. Now as the virus has had time to show it's... Read More
Wednesday, 15 July 2020 06:20
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Getting No Where by a Lack of Financial Planning

Building wealth isn't just something rich people do. And those who are wealthy don't always stay that way. We've all heard of the countless millionaire celebrities who've filed for bankrupcty. A Bankrate.com article tells the woes of lottery jackpot winners who are back to broke after a couple of years. Some may wonder, "How can someone with that much money lose everything?" The answer is simple - poor planning and spending too much money. But don't...
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How to Save Money When you Have a Young Child

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When it comes to planning for your first baby, it’s hard to find a balance between being budget conscious and feeling as though you are prepared for anything and everything your new baby may need. Here are three lessons (and huge cost-saving tips) that I have learned along the way.   1.     Choose items that will grow along with your child. When it comes to car seats, there are two options: an infant seat, or “bucket” seat,...
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Good reference Blog on the "how to" in keeping financially grounded while experiencing a major change to one's life style!
Saturday, 07 March 2020 04:01
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How to Give Kids an Allowance

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I am now honored to be a parent, and the subject of allowances has entered into the discussion. The subject of children’s allowances can get surprisingly contentious. Some parents have very strong opinions about the topic. I did some research and found some helpful tips that I thought I would share.The purpose of an allowance: An allowance enables a child to experience money and how to manage money. You can teach your kids the concept of...
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Great information! In truth I did not know how to look at the subject. You explained it and ways to utilize it as a learning tool ... Read More
Wednesday, 18 December 2019 16:40
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How to Properly Track your Investment Portfolio

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Many investors have their investments spread across multiple accounts and it can be difficult to properly track the value of your overall portfolio. Your investment portfolio includes 401(k)s, IRAs, and investment accounts with multiple brokerage accounts. You could try to go to multiple websites and gather all of the performance yourself. However, sometimes that is not efficient, so I wanted to walk through a few ways to efficiently track your investment portfolio. Please comment if you...
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Did not know there were simple tools to use in keeping an eye on a our investment portfolios. Do it on an Excel Spreadsheet and it... Read More
Wednesday, 18 December 2019 16:42
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Budget Friendly Gift Ideas for Friends

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Every year, I make it a goal to have my holiday shopping completed before the holidays actually hit. Planning ahead for holiday gifts can not only help you to save on stress, but save on cash as well. Here are a few budget-friendly holiday gift ideas.An Amazon gift card: Warehouse stores, such as Costco and Sam's Club, sell gift cards for less than their face value. You can also often find bulk packs of gift cards...
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Daily Habits of Frugal People

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Some people can be very frugal. In certain economic environments frugliaty is very important and can help you save money or survive in an economic downturn. Frugality is more than just clipping coupons. Being frugal is about aiming to get the most value from life's resources, including stretching your budget to its fullest potential. In working toward achieving that value, frugal people tend to adopt a wide range of daily habits. Below are the habits I...
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What are Your Key Principles to Investing?

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Every person should have a solid foundation or set of key principles to investing. Even if you are not a financial savvy person, you should still sit down and outline what your key principles are. I thought it would be helpful to share mine. Please feel free to let me know what your principles are in the comments section.Ignore daily market moves: I do not pay much attention to the daily ups and downs of the...
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How to Handle Money with your Significant Other

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Money can cause serious stress to any couple. As I have gone through this before, I wanted to share a few tips and recommendations on how to manage money as a couple or with your significant other. Please feel free to share any additional recommendations in the comments section.Be open and communicate: The most important thing you can do to effectively manage money as a couple is to be as open and honest as possible about...
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