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

What To Do If You're Upside Down in a Car Loan

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  In the ideal car buying scenario, the value of your car would always exceed your outstanding loan balance. However, sometimes the opposite can happen and you owe more on your car than your car is actually worth - a situation that's referred to as being upside down on your loan. For example, if your outstanding loan balance is $17,000 and your car is valued at $12,000, then you’re upside down. If you wanted to sell...
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Has anyone been in this situation before? Given how fast cars depreciate, I would expect this to happen a lot.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:25
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Options to File your Taxes

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2019 is right around the corner. While you have some time in 2019, you will need to begin thinking about filing your taxes. There are a lot of options out there, and depending on your financial experience, you can either do it yourself or hire an accountant. Below are a few options to file your taxes: Hire an accountant : If you do not know and understand taxes, I would recommend to hire an account to...
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I am planning to hire a CPA this year as my financial situation has gotten more complex over the years.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:22
Frank
Has anyone already filed their tax returns? I have to say I have not.
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 16:05
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Learning Personal Finance in 2019

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A new year is approaching, and that means new goals are coming. A good goal for 2019 may be to learn more about personal finance so you can be financially successful! Below are a few tips and recommendations to be able to learn more about personal finance in 2019.  Please feel free to post in the comments sections if you have any additional recommendations. Personal Finance Podcasts: Podcasts have become a hugely popular trend, and now...
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Has anyone started this year????
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:21
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Retirement in 2019

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If you are considering retirement in 2019, first of all a big congratulations is due! Retirement is a period you should be looking forward to. This will bring you the freedom you have always been looking for. At the same time, you do not want to rush into retirement without being fully prepared. Below are a few key things you should look further into and know about retirement in 2019 prior to taking the dive. You...
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My father-in-law retired this year and decided to take his social security early.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:21
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These Financial Traps Could Set You Back in 2019

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Even if you’re happy with your financial situation and the way you’re managing your money, you never know what the future will bring. It only takes one mistake or misstep to find yourself heading down the wrong path. With so many financial traps lurking, it’s imperative to think long and hard about every money move you make. Here are five traps to keep out of your life in 2019: 1. Taking Money From Your Retirement Savings...
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I would add: (1) Investing in Bitcoin/cryptocurrencies (2) not paying off your credit card every month.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:20
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7 Best Ways to Spend a Year-End Bonus

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Many employers pay a year-end bonus as a reward to employees for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. After laboring all year long, most people think about splurging the bonus, but there may be some better ways to put the money to good use. Put it aside for taxes . After it’s added to the salary you earned throughout the year, a year-end bonus may push you into a new tax bracket. You could...
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I can tell you I am saving my bonus this year!
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:10
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5 Risks of Using Credit Cards

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  Credit cards are a type of financial product that lets you borrow money against a credit limit. You’re responsible for repaying all the transactions you make, either by paying all at once or by making minimum monthly payments toward your outstanding balance. While credit cards offer several benefits, like the ability to finance large purchases or earn rewards on your transactions, they also come with a certain amount of risks that you should be aware...
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This post hits it right on. Will add that of late, financial providers are looking closely at how many new accounts you open in a ... Read More
Saturday, 29 December 2018 06:38
Frank
While I agree these are all risks, there are also so many benefits of using credit cards if you use them in the right way. As long... Read More
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:09
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Financial Questions for Business Owners to Answer in January 2019

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As a business owner, January is one of the busiest months of the year. Not only do you have to tie up loose ends from the previous year, but you also need to look ahead to the months to come. When January 2019 arrives, don’t hesitate to answer a variety of key questions regarding your financial situation. Your answers may change as the year wears on, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting everything in order...
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Thanks for these Chris. When you answered these questions for yourself did you write down the answers?
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:05
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FDIC vs. SIPC Insurance: What's the Difference

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When you’re looking for a safe place to put your cash and possibly earn some interest, it’s important to make sure you understand the type of coverage your account comes with. FDIC and SIPC are two types of coverage that many financial institutions and brokerages offer to their customers. Banks are typically covered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or FDIC. Funds in checking, savings accounts, CDs, and money market accounts are insured up to $250,000...
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Wanderer
Very interesting! Did not know or understand the differences which are quite large. Thanks!
Tuesday, 25 December 2018 06:10
Frank
I never knew the major difference either! Thanks for the great information!
Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:52
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Do Your Best to Avoid These Estate Planning Mistakes

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The end of one year and the beginning of the next are among the best times to turn your attention to estate planning. While this may not be one of the more exciting things you do, it’s definitely one of the most productive. With so many details to consider and decisions to make, it’s not out of the question that you could fall prey to an estate planning mistake. Fortunately, if you’re familiar with these mistakes,...
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Good topic as you point out the realities of Estate Planning. The part about using an experienced attorney is especially notable. ... Read More
Tuesday, 25 December 2018 06:15
Frank
I tried the "do it yourself" and failed miserably. It is way too complicated to do it yourself, hire a professional. It is worth t... Read More
Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:51
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