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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 Feb 13, 2020

There comes a time in all of our lives when we have to say goodbye to a family member or friend. If you were close with the person who passed on, you might discover that they’ve left you something in their last will and testament. Before you officially take over your mother’s house or claim her jewelry, however, there’s one more thing you might have to worry about: an inheritance tax on your new assets.  Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Imagine that you’re applying for a mortgage and you have the option of choosing a payment plan. If you want to be debt-free, you might opt for a plan that covers the principal balance and any interest that you owe. On the other hand, if money is tight, you might decide to make the smallest possible payment toward your interest amount. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 05, 2018

Veterans sometimes struggle to readjust to their civilian lifestyles after serving in the military. Luckily, there are a number of programs designed to help them make this transition. The Department of Veterans Affairs can secure financing for veterans who want to buy homes or refinance their mortgages. There’s also assistance available for veterans interested in entrepreneurship. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 28, 2016

Closing is the final step before you officially become a homeowner. Also known as settlement, the house closing process generally brings together your seller, both of your agents, lawyers and a… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

If you get approved for a mortgage to help pay for the cost of a new house, you’ll often be expected to make some kind of down payment. For standard loans, you’ll have to put 20% down or pay private… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Bad credit can haunt you. Even if you’ve been able to buy your own home, a low credit score could keep you from qualifying for the loan you need to finance some home repairs. Or if you’re close to… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

So you’ve found yourself a home you can afford to buy. Nice work! But if the home you’ve purchased is an older home there’s probably plenty of work that needs to be done to turn it into a comfortable… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 08, 2016

Is buying a home in your plans for the future? If that’s the case, you might already be thinking about all of the expenses you’ll have to pay for. You might be tempted to cut corners and avoid paying… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 30, 2019

When you were first introduced to mortgages, you might have learned that there are fixed- and adjustable-rate loans. Fixed-rate mortgages maintain the same mortgage rate throughout the loan period,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 16, 2019

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… 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… 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… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 28, 2016

Credit cards can sure come in handy. They give you the chance to make large payments for gifts, furniture, clothing and other items without having to touch your checking account. And if you have a… 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