Retirement Savings Plans for the Self-Employed

For self employed individuals contributing to a retirement plan is like giving yourself an instant raise without charging your clients more. The IRS allows you to contribute a percentage of your income into a retirement ...

Personal Finance

What is Passive Index Investing?

Passive Index Investing is an investment approach characterized by four main features: 1) the index, 2) the index fund, 3) passive management as opposed to active management, and 4) low costs.

Financial Literacy, Personal Finance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Complaint System

Do you have a bone to pick with a bank or financial institution? If so, you might be interested in learning about and using the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s complaint system because it could help ...

Personal Finance, Risk Reduction

Inflation - Why Prices Usually Go Up

Have you ever noticed that prices are slowly rising all the time? That effect is called inflation. We’ll discuss where it comes from and how to make it work in your favor, or at least ...

Financial Literacy

Understanding the Realities of Investing in Real Estate

Real estate can be a way to invest, and it can lead to good returns. That doesn’t mean that it’s risk-free or trouble-free. Here are some realities to keep in mind when thinking about investing ...

Homes and Real Estate

Understanding 529 College Savings Plans

We all want the best for our children, and that means access to a college education. No one likes to think of their children saddled with student debt, yet saving for your child’s college education ...

Family and Finances

What is an Expense Ratio? Part 2

The components of a fund's expense ratio explained in detail. In short it goes to the fund's management, advertising cost, and company 'slush fund'.

Financial Literacy, Personal Finance

What is an Expense Ratio? Part 1

Expense ratio is one of those cryptic financial terms that has a dramatic impact on the performance of your mutual fund or exchange traded fund (ETF). And if you invest in mutual funds or ETFs, ...

Financial Literacy, Personal Finance

  • April 11, 2017
  • by Emily

Balancing Debt Repayment with Savings

You may ask yourself, should I pay off debt or save the money? We've listed a few key things to consider as you are balancing how much to devote to each financial priority.

Personal Finance

What to Do with Your 401(k) When You Change Jobs

Congrats on your new job! While you’re saying goodbye to your old co-workers and preparing to take on new responsibilities and learn a different office culture, you should also think about what will become of ...

Personal Finance