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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 May 09, 2023

Industry standards say that homebuyers should expect to make at least a 20% down payment. In reality, however, not everyone can afford to do that. Down payment assistance plans and mortgages with zero or low down payments can relieve some of the financial burden that’s often felt by low- and moderate-income individuals. The Affordable Loan Solution plan is the newest loan program to enter the mortgage market with the goal of assisting financially strapped borrowers. Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 08, 2023

Inflation becomes a problem when average prices rise too fast, hurting consumers, businesses and investors. Deflation can wreak havoc on an economy as well. There’s deflation when growth is slow and overall prices are on the decline. Yet another issue that we have to worry about is stagflation. We’ll tell you what it is and the signs that indicate that it’s approaching. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 10, 2023

You don’t have to be wealthy to become an investor. On the contrary, there are plenty of ways to invest smaller amounts of money. The key is finding investment opportunities that don’t charge excessive fees that can reduce the size of your profits. If you’re ready to give investing a chance, we go over some of the best ways to invest $1,000 without taking huge risks. If you want hands-on guidance when choosing your investments, consider working with a financial advisor.  Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 09, 2023

The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to have healthcare coverage. Unless you don’t have to file taxes or you qualify for an exemption, you’ll likely get stuck paying a penalty called the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 09, 2023

When you’re making an offer on a house that has several bidders, you may decide to enhance the appeal of your bid by writing a letter to the seller. Your letter should explain why you’re interested… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 17, 2023

Investing requires quite a bit of time and effort. In order to choose the right mix of stocks, bonds and cash investments for your portfolio, you’ll need to spend some time researching your options.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 06, 2023

When you save or invest your money, you expect to earn some sort of return. With deposit accounts like certificates of deposit or savings accounts, banks need a way to measure the return that you can… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 29, 2023

Investors who put their money into savings vehicles and other accounts hope to earn decent returns. Over time, interest adds up, and how quickly it grows depends on the kind of interest you’re… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 16, 2023

Anyone who takes out a loan has to think about the cost of doing so. If you need to borrow money to finance a home purchase or a renovation, you’ll want your interest rate to be as low as possible.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 10, 2023

Tax considerations should be front-of-mind when you’re paying off your student loan debt. Whether you have a standard repayment plan or you’ve signed up for an income-based repayment program, there… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 09, 2023

Form 1095-A is a tax document Americans need to file if they buy health insurance through the government health insurance marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 20, 2023

If you want to break up with your bank, it’s a good idea to pump your breaks before moving over to a credit union. While it’s true that credit unions rival banks by charging fewer fees and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 29, 2023

Millennials probably can’t imagine banking without their computers or cell phones. Members of older generations, however, might recall a time when they had to visit a branch to access their accounts.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 12, 2018

As an investor, boosting your return rates is probably your primary concern. But no matter how carefully you’ve selected the stocks and bonds in your portfolio, it’s a good idea to make some… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 30, 2023

If you’re on the hunt for a new checking account or you want to start investing, you might need to set aside time in your schedule to do some research. That’s because there are many kinds of banks… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 27, 2023

Your credit score matters, especially if you’re planning to buy a house or you want access to the lowest loan interest rates. There are three credit bureaus that keep track of consumer credit data.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 30, 2023

Think your landlord has it made? Just wait until you find out about the tax breaks she’s eligible for. Owning a rental property certainly comes with its fair share of frustrations. When you consider… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 02, 2023

A tax deduction is a type of tax break that reduces the amount of money you owe the government. Tax deductions decrease your tax burden by lowering your taxable income and you can either claim the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 25, 2023

There are several good reasons to consider filing your own tax return. It can be cheaper than putting everything in the hands of a professional. You’ll learn how to lower your tax bill and you’ll be… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 19, 2021

Before you know it, tax season will be here again. If you’ve made a couple of mistakes on your tax forms in previous years or you’ve had to file for an extension on more than one occasion, this is… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 30, 2023

Rental housing prices are now sky high and rental payments easily take the biggest chunk out of workers’ paychecks. And in certain areas, like Oakland and New York City, more than 70% of the median… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 30, 2023

You could marry the love of your life when the temperature rises above 70 degrees. Or you could plan to say your vows in the dead of winter. If you’re a fan of sunshine and warm weather, you might… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 30, 2023

Since their debut during the Great Depression, layaway plans have allowed Americans to make large purchases without having to pay for them right away. While a layaway program can be a good… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 01, 2023

While weddings can be magical and exciting for everyone involved, they can also be incredibly expensive. Even if you’ve spent years saving up for your special day, the rapidly mounting costs might… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 19, 2016

Credit scores are pretty mysterious. Your score can change overnight and vary by credit bureau. While there’s no secret formula to obtaining a perfect credit score, there are certain actions you can… Read more