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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 Jul 23, 2019

What would you do with a million dollars? Would you immediately pay off your student loans and your credit card debt? Or would you take that trip you’ve been planning for years? These days, becoming a millionaire isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem. With the right strategy in place, you too could be earning a seven-figure salary. If you’ve struggled to turn that dream into a reality, here’s how to make a million dollars. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 29, 2016

Losing your job isn’t the end of the world. But getting laid off can leave you in a sticky financial situation, especially if you never got around to creating an emergency fund. When you don’t have enough money to get by, relying on unemployment benefits might be your only option. If this is your first time dealing with joblessness, here’s what you need to know about applying for unemployment. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 14, 2018

Which state capitals have the highest standard of living? For many people, the answer to that question is a matter of opinion that depends on what’s most important to them. If you can’t decide whether you prefer Boston over Albany or Atlanta over Austin, we’ve got a solution to your dilemma. SmartAsset took an objective, data-focused approach to comparing the best state capitals in America. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 16, 2016

If you’re interested in changing jobs or launching a new career, it helps to look at the employment outlook for your new venture. When a particular profession has strong job growth, job hunters can… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 12, 2016

When you start a new job, there’s typically a laundry list of things that you have to do during your onboarding process. In addition to meeting your new co-workers and filling out various documents … Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 06, 2018

Accepting a job offer is exciting. But before you can settle into your new work space, you’ll need to complete a lot of paperwork, enroll in your 401(k) plan (if your company offers one) and fill out… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 10, 2016

Startups seem to be popping up everywhere. But recent reports show that startup creation is actually on the decline. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of new firms introduced… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 20, 2018

Parents often take multiple factors into account when thinking about where they want to raise their kids. Ideally, many would like to live somewhere safe where there’s a good school district, clean… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 03, 2016

Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the best days of your life. But once you say your vows and cut the cake, the dress you spent thousands of dollars on no longer serves a purpose. While you… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 03, 2016

Hunting for a new apartment? Don’t be surprised if your landlord says that she needs to check your credit before you sign a lease. In addition to contacting references, landlords often run credit… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 26, 2016

The U.S. added roughly 287,000 jobs in June 2016, exceeding most economists’ expectations. This was the highest monthly growth in jobs since October 2015 and it eased many people’s concerns that the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 19, 2016

On average, in-state students who attended public four-year institutions spent $9,410 during the 2015-2016 school year on tuition and fees, according to the College Board. After accounting for room… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 13, 2019

When you buy life insurance, you essentially provide your loved ones with a safety net. If something happens to you, your family members can use your insurance benefits to cover bills and meet other… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 10, 2018

Owning a home is usually considered part of living the American Dream. But becoming a homeowner is neither easy nor affordable for everyone. Even if you manage to make the leap to homeownership,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 19, 2017

Historically, the housing market isn’t nearly as volatile as the stock market is. But housing bubbles eventually burst and as we’ve seen in recent years, recovering from a housing crisis can take… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 29, 2016

Not everyone can afford to travel. Depending on where you want to go, traveling to a distant land or a tropical beach might require you to cut back on how much you are putting toward savings or even… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 31, 2019

A silent partner is an individual who provides capital to a business partnership. This person generally doesn’t engage in the day-to-day operations of the business, which is why the term is also… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 08, 2020

When you’re planning to start your own business, one of the things you’ll have to consider is how your new company will be structured. Will it function as a limited liability company or a corporation… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 03, 2018

We all love to eat. But have you ever taken the time to think about how much of your income is going toward groceries? While there’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a delicious dish, some of the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 27, 2022

The Panama Papers leak was a global scandal. In one of the biggest data leaks in history, millions of documents revealed that banks, political leaders and wealthy individuals had allegedly hidden… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 19, 2016

There’s more than one way to invest. Besides choosing a vehicle to put your money into, you’ll need to pick an investing strategy. The one that you select will depend on various factors, including… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 19, 2016

With rents rising steadily across the country, in many cases renting is no longer an affordable alternative to homebuying. Recent data from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies reported that 21… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 12, 2022

Whether you’re planning to open a shop that makes the best coffee or you want to sell eco-friendly office supplies, you’ll need to explain why your business is necessary and how it’ll differ from its… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 20, 2018

Big-city living comes with quite a few perks. Grocery stores and shopping centers are often in walking distance and there are usually plenty of restaurants, bars and activities close by. But when you… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 02, 2017

Back in the day, if you needed a personal loan to start a business or finance a wedding you had to go through a bank. But in recent years, a new option has appeared and transformed the lending… Read more