Savings Accounts

Should You Open Checking and Savings Accounts Together?

A movie is great on its own, but add popcorn and you have yourself a night. That’s because some things are just better together. Take checking and savings accounts. Each type of account works great on its own, but together they make a personal banking dynamic duo. And while it might not make sense for […]

Home Improvement

How Does the Home Refinancing Process Work? A Step-by-Step Look

Mortgage on your mind? A home can be the biggest life purchase for many Americans, so it’s important to have a loan that’s affordable and works for you. But your finances can change over time — and that’s when a home refinance could provide you the financial solution you need.  If you’re considering a refi, […]

Mutual Funds

4 Alternative Investment Options that Can Grow Your Wealth

When everyone else zigs, do you zag? Is the road less traveled your preferred route? Maybe you’re an adventurer, a thrill seeker, or an off-the-beaten pathtaker. No matter how you say it, sticking to the norm just isn’t your thing. So, when it comes to money and building your wealth, you want to explore all […]

Trading

A Recipe for Investing: The Basics of ETFs

You’ve probably heard the old adage “variety is the spice of life.” But what about its lesser known counterpart, “variety is the spice of investing”? Ok, we might’ve made that one up, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Holding a mix of investments in your portfolio (a.k.a. diversification) is not only the spice, […]

Trading

Swing Trading Strategies

When it comes to running, are you more of a 100-meter sprint person or a marathon runner? Or maybe you’re somewhere in the middle, like a 10K? When it comes to trading stocks, you could say that swing trading is the equivalent of a middle-distance race, like the 10K. Day traders are the sprinters of […]

Trading

What Is an ETF: 6 Things Investors Should Know

Let’s face it. In the world of investing, it feels like stocks get all the attention. So, it seems like they would be a natural place to start if you’re a beginner investor. But what if we told you there was a way to invest in numerous — we’re talking hundreds or thousands — of […]

Trading

REIT Investing: What Is a REIT?

When you hear the words “invest in real estate,” what comes to mind? Is it a second home, a plot of land, a rental apartment complex, or a luxury hotel? Even if you already invest in stocks and bonds and have an IRA and/or a retirement fund, you may only associate investing in real estate […]

College

Can Your Child Graduate Debt-Free? Consider These 5 Savings Options

While you may battle the “Someday Scaries” (a.k.a. the fear of thinking that you need to be more financially secure but not knowing how to get there), what really makes you feel overwhelmed is the thought of saving for your kid’s college education. Fortunately, you have a lot of savings options, including accounts specifically designed […]

Stocks

2020 Market Outlook: Vision Mixed

As we look back a decade ago, the stock market had just endured a two-year sell-off, and the unemployment rate was at 9.9% (just shy of the 10% peak reached months earlier in October 2009). Combined, these realities made the idea of investing money in the stock market a hard pill to swallow for many […]

Saving

Holiday Hangover: How to Detox Your Spending in the New Year

The ball has dropped, the New Year’s Eve confetti has been cleaned up, and now it’s time to face the repercussions of the holiday season. Your spending may have started as a little bit here for an office gift, a little bit there for a holiday party outfit, and finally, a splurge on a celebratory […]

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