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Eight Landlord Horror Stories That Will Dash Your Dream of Owning Rental Property

Investing in rental property is one way to grow your net worth while building equity in a tangible investment – a home or structure you

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Something to Think About in a Stock Market Downturn

Over the last week or two, as is always the case when the stock market dips a little, people write to me and ask whether

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The Most Important Investment Decision You’ll Ever Make

There are a lot of investment decisions you could spend time worrying about, but there’s only one that really matters: How much you save is more

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Seven Reasons You Need to Start Investing Right Now

You should really start investing right now. It doesn’t matter how much money you have. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter

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Some Thoughts on Children and Planning for the Future

Right now, Sarah and I are planning to have early retirement fully on the table approximately two years after our youngest child enters college. At

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Diversification: The Only Free Lunch in Investing

Diversification is a word you’ll hear a lot as you read about various investment strategies, and though it sounds fancy it’s actually a pretty simple

12.11.15
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How Women Can Close the Retirement Savings Gap

As a recent Vanguard study showed, men have approximately 50% more money saved for retirement than women. Shocked and saddened by this, I wanted to

12.06.15

How to Find the Best CD Rates in 2016

The best CD rates largely depend on how long you’re willing to have your money tied up. As of January 2016, the average one-year CD

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The Best Investment Plan Is Part Science, Part Emotion

What’s the right way to invest? Most people I talk to about money end up asking me some version of that question. Heck, I continue

11.22.15
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Four Ways to Start Investing Without Much Money

Everyone’s heard that investing can be a great way to grow your money over the long-term. But if you’re new to investing, it’s easy to feel

11.19.15
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20 Common Investment Mistakes and Five Simple Steps to Avoid Them

I recently came across a wonderful document published by the CFA Institute entitled Tips for Avoiding the Top 20 Common Investment Mistakes. (The CFA Institute

11.08.15
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The Best Retirement Account You’ve Never Heard Of

If you’ve done any research into saving for retirement, you’ve almost certainly heard of the most commonly recommended retirement accounts: The 401(k). The traditional IRA.

11.06.15
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What Is an FHA Loan?

The term “FHA loan” is actually somewhat of a misnomer. That’s because the FHA, or Federal Housing Administration, doesn’t actually lend money to would-be homeowners.

Best Online Stock Trading Brokers for 2016

I’ve had an online stock trading account since I was 13 years old and I’ve used at least a dozen of the best online stock

10.30.15
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Budgeting Software Showdown: Alternatives to Mint.com

Since its founding in 2006, Mint.com has grown from a small financial startup into a formidable personal finance tool with more than 15 million users.

10.27.15
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Risk, Return, and Relationships

Have you ever been in a meaningful relationship with another person? It could be a friend. Or a parent. Or a sibling. Or a significant

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Rent-to-Own Homes, Explained

“If you’re renting, you’re just throwing your money away.” No doubt you’ve heard this oversimplification many places. Of course, a decision about whether to rent

10.22.15
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The Secret to Getting a College Kid to Start Investing

I am 28, and my sister is 19. That kind of age gap presents positives and negatives. One clear positive for me is that I

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