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

How to Assess your Financial Wellness

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Financial Wellness, a new term for me, is all the rage. In fact, many companies offer financial wellness as an employee benefit. But many may ask, what is financial wellness and how does it help you? Below is a general summary, and please feel free to post in the comments section for any follow up questions. Financial wellness is not just about your net income, but its about having to experience positive financial outcomings, having a...
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Investing Basics: How to Invest Your Money

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Learning how to invest is a critical life lesson everyone needs to learn. You do not need to be an expert, but you should learn at least the basics. While it may seem very complex and you feel as though you don’t understand money well, but the first investment you make will probably be the hardest.  The most common investments are stock and bonds, and depending on your risk tolerance will vary. Stocks represent partial ownership...
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Good guide for setting up a person's investments and would potentially fit into the 50/30/20 rule as one of the tools for our futu... Read More
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 21:20
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Smart Money Moves to Make in Your 20s

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If you are in yours 20s (lucky you!), you have an amazing opportunity to build a solid financial foundation that will serve you well for the rest of your life. You also have a huge opportunity to reverse any bad habits or correct any mistakes you have made to date. Now you may know that you need to start thinking about money, but just don’t know where to start. Below is a general guide and some...
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This writing is thought provoking as we look toward a solid financial foundation for our futures. Good information and the 50/30/2... Read More
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 21:18
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Questions to Answer Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business

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Are you strongly considering quitting your job to start a business? Are you both excited and concerned about making the move? Are you unsure if now is the best time to take the leap? There are many questions you must answer before quitting your job to start a business. By addressing these early on, you’ll better understand your situation and what you’re getting into. While there are countless questions to address, here are five of the...
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Makes me think back to that "business plan" where you set aside enough cash to cover the times when you are waiting for money for ... Read More
Monday, 20 May 2019 03:59
Frank
I have only started businesses as a side hustle while still keeping my full-time job. I just like the fact that I can fall back on... Read More
Thursday, 27 June 2019 08:42
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Watch Out for the Risks of Personal Loans

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Banks and fintech startups are increasingly offering personal loans for consumers who need to consolidate debt, make home repairs, or take care of other financial obligations. While personal loans are becoming easier to access, there still remains some risks to watch out for before you take on new debt. Fixed Monthly Payments There’s a fixed monthly payment based on your interest rate, loan amount, and repayment period. Payments can be difficult to make if you’re having...
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I do not have direct experience with getting a personal loan, but as you mentioned I would be wary of them as the interest rate is... Read More
Thursday, 27 June 2019 08:41
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Ways to Save Money on Prescription Medication

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Your health is more important than anything else, so if your doctor suggests you take a prescription medication it’s probably a good idea to follow their instruction. However, you may have concerns about the cost of the medication, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are several ways to save money on prescription medication, with these four strategies among the best: •    Compare local pharmacies: While your current pharmacy may have the lowest price,...
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Do you ever ask the pharmacist for a coupon?
Thursday, 27 June 2019 08:38
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Don’t Pay That Credit Card Fee, Contact Customer Service

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Imagine this: you receive your credit card statement expecting more of the same, but are surprised when you come across a fee. There are many types of credit card fees, including but not limited to: annual fee, late fee, and foreign transaction fee. While these are all legitimate fees that you agreed to upon signing up for the credit card, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pay them. Before you do anything, contact customer service...
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I have almost a 100% acceptance rate calling the credit card's customer service. American Express is especially helpful.
Thursday, 27 June 2019 08:37
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How Medical Bills Wind Up On Your Credit Report

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Medical bills have the potential to hurt your credit just like most other types of bills. Medical bills can wind up on your credit report even if you have health insurance, since insurance companies don’t always cover 100% of medical services. Medical service providers don’t drop a medical bill on your credit report right away. They typically give you a give you time to pay the bill in full or make a payment arrangement first. In...
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Good information! Unaware you could dispute and/or have medical bills removed once they are paid. Due to the often large size of s... Read More
Monday, 20 May 2019 03:54
Frank
This is extremely helpful and also had no idea this went on your credit report, great article!
Thursday, 20 June 2019 16:16
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Can You Really Afford That New Car?

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It’s new, it’s shiny, and it has that new car smell. What more could you want? As tempting as it may be to purchase a new car, don’t go down this path until you’re 100 percent sure that it’s the right financial move. When shopping for a new car, it’s easy to pay attention to nothing more than the sticker price and the deal you negotiate. However, there are many other costs associated with this purchase,...
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Should You Refinance Your Car Loan?

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Before you decide to refinance your car loan, it’s important to determine if you’ll benefit as a result. If everything checks out in your favor, it’s time to contact three to five lenders to learn more about your options and the best way to proceed. If you’re on the fence, here are several benefits of refinancing: •    Lower interest rate: This is one of the top reasons to refinance, as a lower rate saves you money...
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