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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

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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.

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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So the U.S. Has a Lot of Debt. What Does That Mean for Me?

If you’ve been watching the national news lately, one of the topics creeping back into the discussion is the federal debt ceiling. Our nation’s debt

10.18.15
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Is This Your Last Chance to Refinance?

If you follow any sort of financial news, it’s hard to escape buzz about interest rates. After intense scrutiny from every corner of the media,

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Should You Continue Investing in a Bear Market?

She’s up. She’s down. And according to many industry experts, she’s spiraling into a bear market, or what many would call an ongoing decline in stock

10.11.15
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The Tortoise in Your Portfolio

“Rule No. 1 is never lose money. Rule No. 2 is never forget Rule No. 1.” — Warren Buffett Buffett’s quote seems to state the

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Being a Pro Athlete Made Me a Terrible Investor

After much thought and deliberation, I’ve developed a theory on why such a staggering amount of NFL and NBA players go broke shortly after retiring.

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Robinhood Review: Free Is the New $7 Stock Trade

Did you ever think you could trade stocks for free? Before the dawn of the Internet, it might have cost $50 or $100 to trade a

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