Infographic: Investment FAQs

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How to Start Investing

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If you’re interested in beginning to invest but are nervous, or simply don’t have a lot of money to invest, why not start slow?

There are a multitude of ways to get started without risking a lot of money in the process. If you have $1,000 and are ready to start investing, here are some ways to do s...

Bankruptcy Basics

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While never an easy decision, filing bankruptcy can provide immediate assistance to those struggling to pay their debts. A long, sometimes complicated process, filing bankruptcy should never be the first solution to manage debt, but can provide a way to start over, free from overwhelming debt.

The...

Pet insurance. Cancer insurance. Discount dental plans.

You’ve likely heard about all of the above options, but if you haven’t purchased one, you may not fully understand how they work, what they cover, what they don’t cover, and ultimately, if they’re worth the cost. Here’s a brief explanation.

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With more than 95% of American workers currently covered by Social Security, there are some things about this massive retirement program that you should probably know.  If you’re still in your forties or fifties, you can probably wait a few years to learn the intricacies of Social Security, but if y...

Different Types of Mortgages

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If you’re currently in the market for a home, it will speed up the process considerably if you’re familiar with the various mortgage options available. Finding a mortgage that suits your current financial needs can be challenging, but understanding the various types of mortgages available and their...

How Much Does It Costs to Sell Your Home

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Do you really know how much it will cost you to sell your home?  Here is a breakdown of some of those costs.

Agent Commission

While everyone who has ever sold a home is aware of the cost of their listing agent, many people never sit down to figure out exactly what their real estate agent is owed w...

How to Create and Maintain a Budget

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Whether you’re earning a six-figure salary or just out of college, creating and maintaining a budget is a must. Having a budget that you actually use can help keep spending under control, bolster your savings account, adequately plan for retirement, and keep debt at a manageable level. 

Creating th...

House Buying Tips

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Buying a house is one of the biggest, if not the biggest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime. Here are some tips and tricks for ensuring that the entire process is as stress-free as possible. 

  • Prior to starting your search, make sure you know how much house you can afford. It’s so easy to fall in...

Infographic: Financial Literacy for Children

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5 Things to Teach Your Kids About Finances

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If you’ve spent more than five minutes on a kid’s television network, you’ve seen just how inundated young kids are with commercials for everything from the latest gadget, to some dreadful snack that features something gooey and/or messy. It’s also safe to bet that many of these kids run to their pa...

Finance Cost of Owning a Pet

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Has a dog or cat grabbed hold of your heart?  It doesn’t take much. A paw on the arm. A lick on the nose, or a soft purr or whimper can turn most of us into dog or cat parents in minutes.  With animal shelters across the U.S. frequently at their max, there are a record number of dogs and cats availa...