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Articles – Personal Finance

Smart Financing Ideas

July 30, 2015

What Are Some Smart Ways to Refinance? Recently, fixed mortgages were near their lowest rates in almost 30 years. And if you are one of the many people who took out mortgages in the few years prior to that, you may be wondering if you should look into refinancing. If your mortgage was taken out… Read more

Reverse Mortgages

July 30, 2015

What Is a Reverse Mortgage? Many Americans facing retirement would love to increase their monthly income. Faced with fixed pensions, rising medical expenses, limited Social Security benefits, and longer life spans, an increasing number of people are actually being forced to lower their standards of living when they retire. As you approach retirement, one of… Read more

Biweekly Mortgages

July 30, 2015

What Advantages Does a Biweekly Mortgage Offer? One of the most precious assets that you are likely to possess as you progress through life is your home. Owning their own homes is something that most Americans strive for. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people, one of the major drawbacks in owning a home is… Read more

Managing Cash

July 30, 2015

How Can I Better Manage My Short-Term Cash? For the vast majority of people, it is essential to keep a portion of their assets in liquid form in order to meet monthly commitments. For example, most families have to meet their mortgage or rent payments, grocery, utility, and transportation bills out of their monthly paychecks…. Read more

Money Market Funds

July 30, 2015

How Do Money Market Mutual Funds Work? Just like individuals, the government, corporations, and banks often need to borrow money for a short time to make ends meet. Unlike most individuals, however, the scale of this borrowing is phenomenal. The money market is the name given to the arena where most of this short-term borrowing… Read more

Cash Management Tools

July 30, 2015

What Cash Management Tools Are Available? There are a number of short-term cash management instruments available to the individual establishing a sound cash management program. These alternatives include money market mutual funds, Treasury bills, and certificates of deposit. Money market mutual funds simply pool investors’ dollars and purchase large denomination money market instruments. Individuals invest… Read more

Doubling Your Money

July 30, 2015

How Long Will It Take to Double My Money? Before making any investment decision, one of the key elements you face is working out the real rate of return on your investment. Compound interest is critical to investment growth. Whether your financial portfolio consists solely of a deposit account at your local bank or a… Read more

Cash Management Basics

July 30, 2015

How Can I Keep My Money from Slipping Away? As with virtually all financial matters, the easiest way to be successful with a cash management program is to develop a systematic and disciplined approach. By spending a few minutes each week to maintain your cash management program, you not only have the opportunity to enhance… Read more

529 Plans

July 30, 2015

529 Lesson Plan: High Scores for 529 College Savings Program Looking for a tax-advantaged college savings plan that has no age restrictions and no income phaseout limits — and one you can use to pay for more than just tuition? Consider the 529 college savings plan, an increasingly popular way to save for higher-education expenses,… Read more

Dollar-Cost Averaging

July 30, 2015

What Is Dollar-Cost Averaging? Every investor dreams of buying into the market at a low point, just before it hits an upswing, and garnering a large profit from selling at the market’s peak. But trying to predict market highs and lows is a feat no one has ever fully mastered, despite the claims by some… Read more

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