05.29.17
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The Truth About Dollar Cost Averaging

Dollar cost averaging is a popular investment strategy that usually gets even more popular in environments like this, where all-time market highs and political uncertainty

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About to Buy a House? Put Your Credit on Lockdown

Buying a house can be both an exciting and simultaneously stressful experience. One reason the home buying process tends to be so stressful for many consumers

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Seven Reasons to Love the House You Have

With spring in full swing and summer on its way, people are busy sprucing up their home’s outdoor areas. Perhaps you’ve cleaned out your garage,

05.15.17
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How to Create a DIY Pension Plan

The retirement savings landscape has changed a lot over the past few decades. It used to be that if you held a steady job for

05.08.17
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Is Your 401(k) Leaking? Seven Hidden Fees That Can Sink Your Retirement

If you hope to retire one day, and you’re not one of the lucky few with an old-school pension, saving and investing regularly isn’t an

05.01.17
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How to Choose the Right 529 Plan to Save for College

A 529 plan is a great way to save for your child’s college education, but it can be challenging to figure out which plan you

04.17.17
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Two Pieces of Unconventional Wisdom in the Traditional vs. Roth IRA Debate

There are some flaws in the conventional wisdom surrounding the traditional vs. Roth IRA debate that may be costing you money. The conventional wisdom says

04.16.17
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House Hunting? You Might Want to Wait Until Winter to Buy a Home

As the weather gets warmer, millions of Americans are gearing up to buy a new home. We’re entering peak real estate season, as May, June,

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401(k) Vesting: What It Is and Why It Matters

You’ve almost certainly heard that if you’re saving for retirement, taking full advantage of your 401(k) employer match should be your first step. That match

03.14.17
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What NOT to Do When Selling Your Home

I’ll never forget an open house I visited in 2008. I asked our realtor to look around for some larger homes – possibly a two-story

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The Pros and Cons of Investing With Robo Advisors

The last few decades have been very good for individual investors. Vanguard introduced the first publicly available index fund in 1976, and since then index

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10 Simple Investments You Can Make in Yourself for a Huge Return on Your Money and Time

So often, we think of investments as being purely about dollars in and dollars out. If you put $10,000 into an investment with an average

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I’d Rather Be ‘Average’ Than Broke

When you read up on investing, it’s easy to get the sense that there’s one way to invest for “average” people, and another way to

02.06.17
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Six Times You Should Hire a Financial Planner (and Three Times You Shouldn’t)

Financial planners get a bad rap, and to a large extent that’s deserved. Far too many “planners” are really just salesmen in disguise, tasked with leading

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What a Good Financial Planner Does (and Doesn’t Do)

When just about anyone can call themselves a financial planner, it’s understandably hard for consumers to know whom to trust for financial advice. See, unlike

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Seven Ways to Save Money As a Landlord

Around a decade ago, my husband and I bought our first rental property. We weren’t entirely sure what we were doing, but we were determined

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Everything You Need to Know About Expense Ratios

If you want better investment returns, one of the smartest things you can do is find lower-cost investments. Not only are smaller fees a good

12.27.16
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The Glass-Steagall Act, Explained

Glass-Steagall refers to four sections of the Banking Act of 1933, which were set to remedy the absolute power of the financial sector by creating a