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Rental Property vs. Index Fund: What’s a Better Investment?
Oct 14

Rental Property vs. Index Fund: What’s a Better Investment?

Beginning investors often get stumped trying to determine the absolute best choice among the many and confusing investment opportunities available. Prudent and profitable investing, however, comes from carefully looking at all angles of an investment choice and balancing that choice with other commitments, according to an overall financial plan. Let’s try to analyze, for example,

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Should You Use Savings to Pay Off Credit Card Debt?
Oct 13

Should You Use Savings to Pay Off Credit Card Debt?

Credit cards are a useful tool for building up your credit history but if you’re not diligent about paying them off every month your balance may quickly add up. Digging your way out of the mess can be challenging but if you’ve got some cash set aside, it may make sense to use savings to pay off

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8 Key Elements to Consider When Downsizing Your Home for Retirement

8 Key Elements to Consider When Downsizing Your Home for Retirement

Downsizing your home for retirement can be just the ticket to your golden years. Added financial security can come from a profitable sale of your current home, and more from the savings on maintenance costs for your new home. And your lifestyle can be simplified by liberating yourself from all the “stuff” we tend to

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Are Your Long-Distance Relationship Costs a Budget Buster?
Oct 11

Are Your Long-Distance Relationship Costs a Budget Buster?

No matter which way you spin it, being in a long-distance relationship sucks. It’s like being single, but without any of the fun perks. As gal stuck in the middle of a long-distance relationship, I get a lot of interesting comments but one of that comes to mind is: “Isn’t that expensive?” I always find it unusual that people

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Obstacles to Beat with These Strategies for Finding a Job

Obstacles to Beat with These Strategies for Finding a Job

Whether you heard it on the radio, watched it on TV, saw it on your smartphone, or read it in the newspaper, the good news was everywhere last Friday: The U.S. unemployment rate dipped below 6 percent for the first time since July 2008. More precisely, our economy added 248,000 new jobs in September, extending

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How to Sharpen Your Interview Time Management Skills for Lengthy Job Interviews
Oct 10

How to Sharpen Your Interview Time Management Skills for Lengthy Job Interviews

In light of how tough the job market has become over the last few years, some employers are making the hiring process more selective. Many recent grads find themselves facing marathon interview sessions that can last anywhere from three to six hours, or even stretch out over a period of days. Lengthy interviews are beneficial

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What You’ll Pay In Health Care Costs If You Get Ebola

What You’ll Pay In Health Care Costs If You Get Ebola

Clearly, Ebola is on everyone’s mind. Type “ebola” into Google search, and 258 million search results pop up in a fraction of a second. Compare that with only 79 million for ISIS or just 21 million for George Clooney. Aware that the most recent outbreak has already claimed more than 4,000 lives, including Thomas Eric

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How to Pay Student Loans Without Going Crazy If You Owe a Six-Figure Amount
Oct 09

How to Pay Student Loans Without Going Crazy If You Owe a Six-Figure Amount

Student loan debt has reached epic proportions, topping $1.2 trillion and that figure is on the rise. Today’s grads are stuck trying to pay student loans to the tune of close to $30,000 on average but for some, the cost is substantially higher. These so-called “super-borrowers” are racking up student loan debt to the tune

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10 Home Selling Mistakes Caused by Your Ego

10 Home Selling Mistakes Caused by Your Ego

When it comes to selling your home, having the confidence that it will sell and turn a profit are good things. However, in today’s world of the Internet and not to mention HGTV home improvement and real estate shows (that only give you shiny, edited versions of what really happens), it’s easy to believe you know

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Why You Should Feel Good About Stealing Money from Your 401(k)

Why You Should Feel Good About Stealing Money from Your 401(k)

About 20 percent of all company employees steal from themselves — and, shockingly, most feel good about it. This act of self-robbery, also known as borrowing against your 401(k), is all very legal, and readily condoned by corporations and the government. In fact, many hard-working employees regularly do it to pay off debt (46 percent), pay

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