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How to Become Financially Independent in 7 Steps
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How to Become Financially Independent in 7 Steps

Early retirement. So many of us have thought about it. But few of us live it. How can we spend the rest of our lives doing what we want rather than what we currently must? In other words, we wonder how to become financially independent. Wouldn’t it be nice to finally spend your time writing that novel you’ve always…

Geoarbitrage: Making Big Money While Living in a Low-Cost Area
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Geoarbitrage: Making Big Money While Living in a Low-Cost Area

In the old days, people used to dream of moving away from their small hometowns and into the big city to make big money. One drawback is that the big city also has bigger expenses. That was the only recipe for a high income back then. Well not anymore. Today, people are achieving that dream…

Types of Money: from Commodities to Cryptocurrencies
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Types of Money: from Commodities to Cryptocurrencies

There is no proof in history that suggests that pre-historic societies used money as a payment method to buy goods or services. But it is believed that systems akin to Barter methods existed as early as 10,000 BC. Until recently, the modern world was familiar with only one type of money i.e. the currency. After…

Compounding Debt: The Dark Side of Compounding Interest
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Compounding Debt: The Dark Side of Compounding Interest

Compounding interest can be a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. It can be very beneficial and create large sums of money over time if wielded correctly. But unfortunately, there is a darker side to compounding interest – compounding debt. Interest Goes Both Ways In a previous post, we discussed how compound interest can…

Moving in Retirement: 4 Reasons to Do It and One Reason Not To
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Moving in Retirement: 4 Reasons to Do It and One Reason Not To

When you find yourself on the cusp of retirement, you have a lot of decisions to make. From which retirement funds to tap first and when to take Social Security to how not to drive your spouse crazy — there are a lot of things to think about. Then there is the other piece of…

Reading the Terms of Your Credit Cards: Top Things to Look Out For
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Reading the Terms of Your Credit Cards: Top Things to Look Out For

Fifty-six delegates signed the principal founding document of our great republic in 1776—the Declaration of Independence. At 1,458 words, the document has stood for over two centuries as one of the mightiest of all proclamations. Compared to our nation’s monumental document, a typical credit card disclosure of terms and conditions runs over 8,000 words of…

Credit Scores: Why They Matter and Tips to Increase Yours
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Credit Scores: Why They Matter and Tips to Increase Yours

Earlier this year, a senior university gymnast scored a “Perfect 10” out of 10 in a major collegiate competition. The video of her extraordinary performance has been viewed online over 58 million times. Some years earlier, an injury had left her unable to continue as a gymnast. Yet through discipline, resolve, and newfound health, she…

5 Reasons Why You’re Still Poor (and how you can fix it)
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5 Reasons Why You’re Still Poor (and how you can fix it)

Poverty is real. As of this writing, there are 592 million people globally live in poverty. But, If you’re reading this right now, you’re relatively rich, at least on a global scale. It means you’re accessing this on the internet using a computer or mobile phone. But that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily living the good…

Steps to Recession-Proof Your Finances
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Steps to Recession-Proof Your Finances

If the economy does not weaken to the point that a recession occurs, the mainstream media just might eventually talk the nation into a recession. The sad truth is that eventually, a recession is inevitable. But before panic sets in, know that it doesn’t have to be doom and gloom ahead. Those who prepare ahead…