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7 First Time Real Estate Investment Mistakes You Should Avoid
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7 First Time Real Estate Investment Mistakes You Should Avoid

This article originally appeared on The Smart Investor, an online academy helping people invest smarter and make better financial decisions.     Last Updated: August 6, 2019 As a real estate investor, the experience is going to be necessary to get far, but the more you know before you start, the better off you’ll be….

How much money are you really missing out on by not investing?
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How much money are you really missing out on by not investing?

You’ve probably heard financial planners say that you should invest early and often! But it’s hard to think about the future, especially if it’s decades away. You might be wondering how much you are really missing out on by waiting longer to invest. And if you’re older and not investing, you may question if it’s…

Financial Milestones to Reach by Each Decade of Your Life
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Financial Milestones to Reach by Each Decade of Your Life

By the time you graduate from high school or college and are starting your adult life, you should have learned some basic financial concepts—opening a bank account, paying bills, having a budget, learning how credit works, understanding how to pay taxes, balancing a checking account, etc. These are the basic financial skills you need just…

How to Create Your Personalized Investment Roadmap
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How to Create Your Personalized Investment Roadmap

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry If you’re like many people, you probably enjoy traveling. The first thing you may do when you decide to go on a trip is figuring out the destination. Once you’ve picked a destination, the next step is to figure out the directions…

Recession-Resistant Investments That Can Protect Your Portfolio
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Recession-Resistant Investments That Can Protect Your Portfolio

You can’t seem to escape it—everyone keeps talking about the next Great Recession or how the stock market is up one day and down the next. This can leave investors on edge and looking for ways to protect themselves, and their portfolios! We will start by saying that no investment can be 100% “recession-proof.” However,…

4 Methods to Accelerate Compounding
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4 Methods to Accelerate Compounding

Compounding builds value. Its usual domain is finance, but compounding applies to other things, too. Isaac Newton said this: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Compounding grows value – whether the value is denominated in knowledge or in financial terms. Isaac Newton compounded his knowledge with the…

Women & Investing: Where We Stand and Where We’re Going
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Women & Investing: Where We Stand and Where We’re Going

Today is International Women’s Day. Today, as we should every day, we celebrate the many achievements of women from all over- whether it be social, political or financial achievements. The theme this year is Balance for Better. Imagine that, a gender-balanced world boasting equality, awareness, and no bias. While we know we still have a…

7 Ways To Make Your Money Work For You in 2019
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7 Ways To Make Your Money Work For You in 2019

Let’s say you just came into some money- an inheritance, a bonus, or maybe this year’s tax refund was more than you expected. Now what? Don’t blow it. This is your chance to make that money work for you! This goes beyond stashing your cash away in a regular old bank account. We’re going over…

Catching Up On Retirement Savings Is Possible. Here’s How
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Catching Up On Retirement Savings Is Possible. Here’s How

Ah, the daunting thought of saving for retirement. Am I on track? Will I have enough? Will it last long enough? These are all questions everyone needs to address and plan for. While, ideally, these questions should be addressed sooner rather than later, there a few ways to play catch-up and boost below-average retirement savings….