Are You Obsessed With Money?

As the saying goes, money makes the world go round. Living in modern society means that you can’t avoid money, no matter how hard you try. Need to get some food? That costs money. Need to get gas in your car? Swipe your card or fork over a few bills. Virtually every aspect of your life revolves around money - earning it, spending it, and saving it. 

For the most part, scrutinizing your money habits is a good thing. You don’t want to constantly worry about where your next paycheck is coming from, or whether you have enough cash to pay for something. However, while a detailed understanding of your money is good, it’s too easy to get carried away. 

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What is a Donor Advised Fund?

A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is like a charitable-giving savings account, helping you maximize your tax benefits while making a bigger impact on your favorite charitable causes.

Illustrated below, the IRS defines a Donor Advised Fund as: “A separately identified fund or account that is maintained and operated by a section 501(c)(3) organization, which is called a sponsoring organization. Each account is composed of contributions made by individual donors. Once the donor makes the contribution, the organization has legal control over it. However, the donor, or the donor's representative, retains advisory privileges with respect to the distribution of funds and the investment of assets in the account.”

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What is a Solo 401(k)?

Investing for your retirement is important, but it’s something that many people don’t plan ahead for. Many of us are left scrambling for what feels like years or decades later trying to scrape together a retirement account or 401(k). 

One question that we get fairly often in regards to retirement is: What options are available to me if I am self-employed?

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13 Cool Passive Income Apps if You're Retired

Retirement doesn’t quite mean what it used to. For many of us, the picture of retirement looked like kicking your feet up, traveling, and perhaps taking time to get into some new hobbies. You worked hard your entire life, and now it’s time to take some much needed time off from work. 

Today, that isn’t exactly the case. As the average life expectancy for Americans keeps rising, more people are working well into their 70s. Even then, retirement doesn’t look like it used to in that more and more retirees are continuing to work part-time, citing that the extra income is a nice boost and adds to their peace of mind. 

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5 Easy Money Hacks When You're Retired

There is a common misconception that being retired means you’ll no longer need or want to bring in any additional income. This is far from the truth for many people that have found ways to generate additional income after reaching retirement. 

There are several tips and methods you can start using to stretch your money out more, and even continue making more. With all of the free time you’ll have in retirement, you might as well put some of it to good use.

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Our Review of Stockpile vs. Robinhood

In the old days, if you wanted to invest online, you had to have some knowledge of what you were doing, and some capital already so that you could pay trading fees and other expenses. 

These days, there’s an app for that. Actually, there are many different trading apps available, but for this article, we’re going to look at two of them: Robinhood and Stockpile. We’ll break down how they’re similar and how they’re different, as well as which one is best for the kind of trading you may be doing. 

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7 Goals to Accomplish When You Retire

Although you will have various milestones in your life - buying a house, having children, getting married - one of the most substantial is your retirement. Assuming that you don’t want to have to work until you’re 80, you need to plan for this major step. 

Unfortunately, too many Americans are unprepared, which means that they will wind up scrambling to figure out what to do when they retire. If you’re getting close to that age or you’re just wondering where to begin, let this article be your guide. 

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Our Review of Betterment vs. Wealthfront

Technology has made so many facets of modern life easier. When it comes to finances, you no longer have to meet with an actual person in an office to manage your money. Now, there’s an app for that. 

However, while there are plenty of finance apps on the market, two of them are notable for their high-tech approach to investment and portfolio management. 

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Everything You Should Know About an Emergency Fund

No matter how well things are going, disaster can always strike. Even worse, it does so without warning, meaning that you’ll never be as prepared for it as you should. Unfortunately, for many Americans, these setbacks can have significant consequences on one’s financial stability and security. 

The best way to alleviate this fear and worry is to set up an emergency fund. If you haven’t thought about doing this before, now is the time to start. Whether you have $5,000 in the bank or $50, it’s never too early to begin saving for a rainy day. In this article, we’ll break down the basics of emergency funds, as well as how to make sure that you’re on the right track. 

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Estate Planning in the Age of COVID-19

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have been forced to ask ourselves: Am I truly prepared for the worst? And one too often undiscussed yet important aspect of future preparedness is estate planning

In just a few short months, the COVID-19 virus (or, coronavirus) has ravaged the global economy, shattered unemployment claims numbers, and left many Americans worried about the well-being of themselves as well as their families.

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Traditional 403(b) or Roth IRA?

When most people think of retirement accounts, a 401(k) comes to mind. However, for employees of nonprofits or public entities, a 403(b) is typically the only option. 

Because this account is handled differently than a 401(k), it’s crucial to understand the ins and outs. In this article, we want to dive into these plans, including the difference between a traditional 403(b) and a Roth IRA. 

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Retirement Income - Your Step-By-Step Guide to Not Running Out of Money

Congratulations! You’ve worked for decades to prepare for retirement and now you’re there, or almost there, ready to start what can be the most enjoyable phase of your life. Very likely, you’ve got plans to travel, see family and friends and maybe even revisit hobbies you’ve neglected for decades.

However, as you are most likely aware, you must also make plans related to your money. Specifically, you want to be sure you have enough retirement income to last you for the rest of your life.

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What is an Investment Policy Statement?

In its simplest terms, an investment policy statement (IPS) is a list of rules drawn up between you and your financial planner to set clear and concrete goals for each other. It also works as a game plan for the financial planner so that they can employ their expertise in the best way they see fit to meet your goals in a timely and efficient manner. 

Specifically, a financial advisor would look at risk, liquidity and asset allocation. An IPS serves as a manual of sorts to manage these three components but can include additional items as well.

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5 Ways to Become a Millionaire

Who wants to become a millionaire? Many people would love to reach this seven-figure goal and know they can give themselves that title. But is it possible? 

While a million dollars may seem out of reach, accumulating wealth is not as difficult as it seems. There are many ways to become a millionaire and build your net worth. Which one you choose depends on what works for your particular situation. 

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Why Does It Seem Like My 401k Isn’t Growing?

This is one of the most common questions that I am asked on a regular basis. It’s certainly a fair question and one that’s probably even gone through my head a few times.

We live in an instant gratification world – what have you done for me lately?” We expect to see the results of our saving and investing efforts immediately. While there are times you’ll actually notice faster growth within your investments because of a specific sector or company, for the most part it’s a long-term process.

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Why Maxing Out Your 401k Could Mean Missing Out On Thousands

For many of us, our 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan is our main vehicle for retirement savings. A 401(k) plan is a defined contribution plan meaning that our retirement benefit is determined primarily by the amount that we save in the plan and how we invest those savings. 

These types of plans have largely replaced pension plans of our parents and grandparent’s generation which were largely funded by our employers. 

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What Should You do with Your Old 403(b) Account?

One of the questions that come up on a regular basis is what to do with old retirement accounts. In the old days, many workers stayed at the same employer their entire career and retired with 30 to 40 years of service.

Nowadays, people are more likely to switch jobs every few years, bringing up the question of what to do with old retirement accounts such as 403(b) plans. According to a survey by staffing firm Robert Half, 64 percent of workers favor job hopping.

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Top Ten Ways To Avoid Bad Investments

When it comes to making investment decisions, sometimes our emotions take over for common sense. While we usually rely on our knowledge and experience to point us in the right direction, investing doesn’t always work that way.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep on the right track. While you can’t control the markets, you can control your own behavior and how you respond. When making investment decisions, it’s essential to take into account a few potential pitfalls.

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How to Become a Millionaire in Your 40s

While becoming a millionaire in your 40s may seem difficult, it’s something that many people can achieve. All it takes is the right mindset and a laser-sharp focus toward building wealth and increasing your net worth.

There is something about accumulating $1 million that shows you are on the right track financially. But how do you get there? If you want to increase your chances of accumulating $1 million in your 40s, there are certain financial habits that will help you achieve that milestone faster.

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Our Review of Blooom

Firms that manage your 401(k) are rare and difficult to find, which is unfortunate because managing your own 401(k) can be stressful and a hassle to keep up with. Blooom bridges the gap between you and 401(k) management by making the management of it as easy as possible. 

Blooom (yes, with three Os) is a registered and qualified investment advisory firm that can actually manage your 401(k) for you. Blooom identified an opportunity gap in the market, which is that millions of people every year hire third parties like robo-advisors and your traditional financial advisors to manage their 401(k) accounts. 

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