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Growth vs. Income Investing
  • Investing 101

Growth vs. Income Investing

When the Chrysler Building opened its stylish art deco doors in 1930, it became the world’s tallest structure. The now-iconic New York City building reigned king of skyscrapers worldwide, but held its title only 11 months, when it was outreached by the magnificence of the Empire State Building, whose developers achieved both growth in tenant…

Taking a Loan from Your  401(k): Pros and Cons
  • Personal Finance

Taking a Loan from Your 401(k): Pros and Cons

For many people, their largest financial asset is their retirement savings. The average 30-39 year-old has $42,400 in their 401(k) account while the average 40-49 year old has $102,700 saved (Fidelity Investments; Q1 2019). That’s no chump change, and sometimes those funds need to be tapped into. However, when it comes to taking a loan…

Using Leverage to Invest in Real Estate
  • Real Estate

Using Leverage to Invest in Real Estate

Let’s not kid ourselves. There actually may be downward price pressure on interest rates right now. Or, at least, we’re not overly concerned about an interest rate hike in the offing. So, is now maybe a good time to either borrow or refinance? Perhaps. But wait a minute! Didn’t you just spend the last five…

Why We Chose to be Debt Free Before Buying a House
  • Personal Finance

Why We Chose to be Debt Free Before Buying a House

  This post was written by Kaila of Successfully Simple Sisters. Successfully Simple Sisters is run by Kaila and Eryn, twin sisters living in the Midwest. In the last 4 years, they’ve paid off $225,000+ of debt and began personal journeys toward financial freedom.      A year ago, my husband and I became debt…

How To Calculate Your Net Worth
  • Personal Finance

How To Calculate Your Net Worth

Keeping a pulse on your overall financial health is important to stay on track with your goals. Calculating your net worth is a great way to get a snapshot of where your overall finances stand. What is Net Worth? To put it simply, your net worth is the sum of all your financials assets (everything…

Dollar Cost Averaging: How Long-term Investors Can Take Advantage of Market Volatility
  • Advanced Investing

Dollar Cost Averaging: How Long-term Investors Can Take Advantage of Market Volatility

Investing during times of market turbulence can be unnerving. Watching an investment you made one day lose 1%, 2%, or more the next day is disheartening. But there is a way for long-term investors to use market volatility to their advantage. It’s a technique known as dollar-cost averaging. We’ll outline four steps to decrease market…

What is the FIRE movement?
  • Personal Finance

What is the FIRE movement?

It’s in the news. From MarketWatch, to CNBC, to CBS, to The Guardian, to the hundreds of people blogging about it, the FIRE movement has been gaining traction and mainstream attention recently. But what exactly is it? And is it something that you should care about? Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) The Financial Independence Retire…

6 Things You Will Learn After Buying Your First Home
  • Personal Finance

6 Things You Will Learn After Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home is sort of like having a baby. You have a general idea of what it’s going to be like, but you don’t really “get it” until you do it. Let us unlock some of those mysteries associated with buying your first home. To find out what it’s like to have a…

Investing in CDs
  • Investing 101

Investing in CDs

Who doesn’t like low-risk investments? If you don’t have a plan to use cash reserves the next week or next month, there are a slew of options you can use to earn a good rate of return, and Certificate of Deposit (CDs) is one of them. Many investors use CDs as part of their large…