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15 Practical Budgeting Tips

Budgeting – it’s one activity that everybody seems to dread. Is budgeting really that bad or does it have a bad reputation? Truth be told, all a budget really is is a plan to manage your finances. That’s not too scary, right? Unfortunately some people see it as a form...

What is a Perfect Credit Score?

A lot of people think that to be considered to have “perfect” credit, you need to have a score of 850. After all, that is the highest credit score possible on the standard range of credit scoring. However, as described in the previous post about the...

Is a 900 Credit Score Possible?

When you check your credit, you will likely see a note on the site that indicates that the range of possible scores go from 300 to 850. These are the most common models of credit scores, so to answer the question in the title above, no, a 900 credit score is not...

Should You Finance an Engagement Ring?

​Buying an engagement ring is one of the most important decisions and moments of life. Offering a diamond engagement ring to your soon-to-be wife is considered a tradition in many parts of the world.  While my blog focuses mostly on retirement decisions, I...

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How to Convert a SEP IRA to a Roth IRA

If you want to avoid having to pay taxes on the distributions in retirement when you have a simplified employee pension individual retirement account, you have the choice of converting it into a Roth IRA. This can be done regardless of having the pension account...

What is a 529 Plan?

Today I'll share with you the basics of a 529 plan.This plan operates as a savings plan for college that provides specific financial aid and tax related benefits. Many of today’s 529 plans are also used as a way to invest and save money for grade school tuition for...

Precious Metals

Why Investing in Precious Metals is Wise

Gold has always been a sexy investment, however investors have also turned to the merit of precious metals for investment.Just like gold, precious metals such as platinum, silver and so on are also equally capable of retaining monetary value even if the economy goes...

Retirement Tips

Money Saving Tips from a 24 Year Old

​I like people who think ahead.  In the case of Tori Dunlap, who wrote this article for Forbes, she’s thinking very far ahead.  I was intrigued by her contribution and ability to forward think enough that I thought I’d come and share what she’s doing in...

Retiring to Latin America on $2,000 a Month

When it comes to places to retire, it seems like most Americans (especially those from the Midwest and the Northeast) make their way down to warmer climates in the south like Florida and Arizona where they can spend their days golfing and not having to worry about...

Stock Market

Making Money Investing in Gold Stocks

Among other precious metals, gold has been the most popular choice among investors. Most people today view the metal as a hedge against inflation and a measure of protection in stringent economic times. Many people choose gold to diversify their portfolios.There are...

How to Trade Small Cap Stocks Online

Beginner investors find it more comfortable to invest in small cap stocks instead of taking on bigger investments. Small capitalization companies, of which these stocks belong to, are valued in between a price range of $250 million to $1 billion.The biggest advantage...