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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 Sep 20, 2022

The unemployment rate gets plenty of media coverage. This ratio represents the percentage of people in the labor force without jobs who’ve been actively looking for work within a four-week period. Many people believe that it’s a good indication of the economy’s overall strength. But others recognize that it has its flaws, as it can miss areas of the market entirely. Are you worried about your finances if you were to become unemployed? Speak with a financial advisor today. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

Many credit cards come with enticing rewards. Some promise to give consumers cash if they spend a certain amount of money within the first few months. Others offer sign-up bonuses in the form of miles or points. To take advantage of as many of these perks as possible, some people engage in credit card churning. Read on as we explore the benefits and drawbacks of this technique. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 15, 2016

Hosting a successful conference starts with choosing the right venue. But in order to decide where to hold your event, you’ll need to consider several factors. Will there be enough hotels available to accommodate your guests? Will the venue be close to local restaurants and bars? To answer these questions, SmartAsset ranked the best cities in America to host conferences. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 02, 2016

Some folks don’t like being stuck inside. They prefer to spend their free time participating in different outdoor activities, from cycling and backpacking to whitewater rafting. Finding a peaceful… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 19, 2021

If you ever need ton resolve an issue with the IRS, whether or not it’s related to your federal income taxes, you will need to contact the IRS. That can be intimidating. You may not feel like you… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 12, 2019

College students who need financial aid may qualify for various federal programs. For example, the government offers two different kinds of student loans. It also offers the Federal Pell Grant. If… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 05, 2022

Thanks to advances in technology, filing taxes isn’t nearly as complicated as it once was. Today, many tax filers complete their tax returns online or through apps. The IRS released its own mobile… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 26, 2016

Deciding on a subject to major in is a huge decision for most college students. There are many factors to consider, including your interests, your strengths and future career opportunies. Choosing a… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 11, 2022

Starting a business can be expensive. You’ll likely have to cover the cost of a building or office space, equipment, utilities and legal and accounting fees. Fortunately, business owners can recoup… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 29, 2017

Not everyone leaves the workforce at age 65. Some people decide to retire before they reach full retirement age, even if they have to miss out on some of the Social Security benefits they’re entitled… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 12, 2022

When you don’t have access to an employer-sponsored retirement account – like a 401(k) or a 403(b) – you can save for retirement by opening an IRA. Your contributions may be tax-deductible, meaning… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 27, 2016

Ever wondered how trick-or-treating conditions in your neighborhood stack up against those in other cities? Should your neighbors give out more candy to your kids? Is your area as safe on Halloween… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 12, 2022

Meeting deadlines can be tough, especially when you have a lot on your plate. If you won’t have time to file your federal 2021 income taxes by the April 18, 2022, deadline,  don’t worry. You can get… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 06, 2017

Most people across the country observe daylight saving time each spring by setting their clocks forward. In exchange for losing an hour of sleep, we get to enjoy an extra hour of sunlight. Americans… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 12, 2019

Many families who can’t afford to cover the cost of a child’s college education rely on student loans and financial aid to fill in the gaps. Students who want any sort of financial assistance from… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 28, 2016

Hurricane season begins May 15 in the East Pacific Ocean and June 1 in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Central Pacific Oceans. But the season typically reaches its peak between mid-August and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 27, 2016

Don’t sleep on minor league baseball. Even some of the worst teams in the league manage to attract thousands of fans each season. Besides being able to find super-cheap tickets, the folks who attend… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 07, 2016

Entering the nursing field might not be a bad idea. The average growth rate for all jobs is 7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But growth for nursing jobs is expected to be a lot faster… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 19, 2016

The monthly jobs reports (also known as the Employment Situation Surveys) offer insight into what’s happening in the economy. Investors, economists, employers and consumers use the information in… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 11, 2018

Maintaining a good credit score isn’t always easy. Maxing out credit cards, making late payments and failing to pay off your student loan debt are just a few moves that can hurt your credit. Even… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 13, 2016

A college town can be a fun place to live even as an older adult. There are often endless activities to participate in from football and hockey games to concerts and cultural events. And since the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 26, 2022

The idea of the estate tax, or death tax as it’s sometimes known, is scary for many Americans. However, the real truth is that the vast majority of people will never encounter it. That’s because the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

The average cost of a wedding is now well over $30,000. Coming up with enough cash to pay for the reception, the dress and the food can be difficult for brides and grooms. Wedding guests can also… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 18, 2021

Sin taxes are meant to dissuade people from participating in activities considered harmful to their health and well-being. Places around the country tax consumers for buying things like tobacco and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 31, 2016

Deciding where to teach isn’t always easy. Besides considering school quality and culture, teachers looking for jobs in any given area have to think about whether they’ll be able to afford to live… Read more