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Amanda Dixon

Banking and Tax Expert

Amanda Dixon is a personal finance writer and editor with an expertise in taxes and banking. She studied journalism and sociology at the University of Georgia. Her work has been featured in Business Insider, AOL, Bankrate, The Huffington Post, Fox Business News, Mashable and CBS News. Born and raised in metro Atlanta, Amanda currently lives in Brooklyn.

Posts by Amanda Dixon:

by Amanda Dixon Oct 13, 2020

Home equity is basically how much of your home you actually own. You can calculate by taking the appraised value of your home and subtracting the balance remaining on your mortgage. This is your home equity. It matters because you can borrow against this money to improve your home and raise the property value or pay off high-interest debt. A financial advisor can help you make the most of your home equity. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 28, 2016

It might be difficult to meet some of your financial goals – like buying a new home or saving up for a wedding – without help from a personal loan or mortgage. But if lenders hesitate to approve you for financing because of your bad credit or high debt-to-credit ratio, it may be time to turn to the people who might be more willing to support you: your friends and family members. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Foreclosure is a term you’ve probably heard before. In 2008, foreclosure rates approached levels that hadn’t been reached since the days of the Great Depression. If you’ve never experienced a home foreclosure (or come close), it might not be something you know too much about. Still, it doesn’t hurt to know what to expect in case your own financial situation takes a turn for the worse. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

If the house you bought doesn’t resemble the home of your dreams, don’t fret. With a decent budget and a little extra attention, you might be able to whip it into shape. Securing the funds for home… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 25, 2017

Buying a house is often an exciting milestone. With so many decisions to make, though, it can also be quite stressful. Figuring out whether to go with a fixed- or an adjustable-rate mortgage is a key… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 17, 2017

Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult. As you mourn, you’ll unfortunately have to think about the financial implications that come with the death. Besides wondering how much the funeral… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 25, 2017

Month after month, you may struggle to keep up with payments on all kinds of loans, from credit card debt to medical bills. Most forms of debt require you to pay back borrowed money with interest,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 21, 2018

Credit cards can make shopping a breeze. You can go from store to store without carrying cash or accumulating jingling coins. It might seem like these pieces of plastic give you an endless amount of… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 06, 2017

If you’re tired of dealing with your bank, you can look for a new one, stuff your money under your mattress or you can try a credit union. If you’ve never considered the last option before, here is… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 17, 2017

You’ve been swiping your card all month. You bought jeans one day, groceries the next and then a last-minute birthday gift for your grandma – among other things. You weren’t tracking your spending… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 19, 2018

If you’re a business owner moving into an office that’s being renovated or you’re looking to have construction work done, you might want to consider a surety bond. It’s a contract that ensures that… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 28, 2018

Just about anyone can invest in the stock market. When it comes to something like day trading, however, you may find it’s best to leave that to the pros. Day trading is a complex practice that… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 18, 2019

The Nasdaq – we’ve all heard something about it at some point. You probably already know that it’s part of the stock market. And you’ve probably read a news article or heard a reporter talk about it… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 13, 2020

Buying a stock means getting into some risky business. Sure, they can help you earn money that you could put toward many things – a retirement account, an emergency fund, a down payment – but you… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 02, 2019

U.S. savings bonds are essentially a loan you make to the government. When you buy a savings bond, you are giving money to the government in exchange for a guarantee you will get that money back,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 24, 2020

It’s virtually impossible to make it through the day without hearing something about the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Whether the Dow is up or down might not mean much to you if you’re a beginner… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 12, 2021

The consumer price index (CPI) is one of the nation’s most closely watched economic metrics. The CPI, which comes out monthly, measures the year-over-year change in the cost of a basket of consumer… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 25, 2019

If you’re an investor looking to play it safe, treasury bonds could be the way to go. Also called T-bonds, they come straight from the government and can be held for up to 30 years. Although they’re… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 26, 2019

It’s best to begin saving for retirement sooner rather than later to ensure that your 65-year-old self is as financially secure as possible. But all the jargon associated with retirement plans can… Read more