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

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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Retirement Planning for 2020? Answer These Questions

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With 2019 coming to an end, it’s a good time to turn your attention to the new year. This means many things in regards to your finances, with most people realizing the importance of reviewing their retirement plan and adjusting it as necessary. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to retirement planning. What works for you may not work for the next person, and vice versa. However, if you want to stay the course, there are some...
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How the 50/30/20 Budget Works

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One of the hardest parts of creating a budget is figuring out how much money you should spend on all your expenses. What's the right amount to spend on housing? Or transportation? Or entertainment? Having a guide to building a budget helps keep your spending in line. That's one of the benefits of the 50/30/20 budgeting method. Your spending on certain categories is kept within a certain percentage of your monthly income, so you can figure...
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5 Ways to Simplify Your Finances

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The more complicated your finances are, the harder it is to keep up with everything. You'll spend more time and effort trying to manage complicated finances and the stress of dealing with your finances may cause you to procrastinate. Overly complicated finances could lead to more expensive mistakes like missing a payment or overdrafting your bank account. If you've been feeling like your finances are all over the place, there are a few things you can...
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Good ideas to try and manage your finances while keeping the methods to do it simple so you will do it! For myself, I build and an... Read More
Thursday, 07 November 2019 21:23
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