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

Recent Stock Market Volatility

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Wall Street cannot be calmed down when it comes to the coronavirus. In case you haven’t been watching over the last few weeks, I want to highlight the recent stock market volatility to you. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions in the comments section. Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished at 20,180 points, which are just slightly above where they we in January 2016. All major U.S. indices are now in a...
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What is a Run on the Bank?

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These are very unique times, and I hope everyone is staying safe. I will be posting several articles on the recent volatility out there including an overview of the recent stock market declines, what the Fed is doing to try and stop it, and a few similar articles over the next few days. I wanted my first article to be an overview of what is a run on the bank and what kind of impact it...
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Scary article but one that certainly may fit the times. Would add that from where I sit it may be wise to have a cash nest egg hid... Read More
Monday, 23 March 2020 04:33
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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”...
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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 Build a Good Credit Score Without Racking Up Credit Card Debt

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Many people have made the mistake of thinking building a good credit score requires that you go into debt, but that's not actually true. Unfortunately, charging up high balances in an attempt to build your credit score can backfire. If you ever fall behind on a payment or two, you can wind up with worse credit and a mound of debt that takes years to pay back. While borrowing money is part of building credit -...
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How to Handle the Rising Costs of Utilities

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With so much to think about from a budgeting perspective, it’s easy for some monthly expenses to slip through the cracks. For many people, this means utilities.It’s easy to take utilities for granted, as you assume that you’ll always have access to what you need. However, even if this is the case, it doesn’t mean you can ignore the impact on your budget.There’s nothing more frustrating than watching the cost of your utilities rise. If this...
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Is College Education Still Worth the Investment

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In today’s environment with rising education expenses, some are asking the question of if a college education is still worth the investment. Every parent wants to do the most that they can to set their child up for success, but many are beginning to ask the questions. Below I have outlined some benefits and why people are asking the question to give you a better perspective of deciding if a college education is worth it.  Benefits...
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This does open the door to thinking about the future. Some options is to find a two year school (local to reduce costs) for the Ge... Read More
Tuesday, 07 January 2020 03:48
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Is 2020 the Right Time to Start a Business?

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For many, the new year is the right time to make a big career change. And for you, it may be the perfect time to take the first step in starting your own business.As such a big decision – regardless of the process you follow and the path you take – it’s critical to have a detailed plan in place. Here are seven questions you can answer today to help you decide if starting a business...
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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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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...
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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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Interested in a Personal Loan? Here’s Some Advice from the Pros

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In general terms, a personal loan is a fixed amount of money that you borrow at a fixed interest rate for a predetermined period of time. Furthermore, it’s typically an unsecured loan, meaning you don’t have to put up any collateral in order to receive the funds. Flexible terms make a personal loan an intriguing option, as you can borrow the money you need without concerns about changing terms putting stress on your budget in the...
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