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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 18, 2016

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 adjustments every once in a while to minimize the amount of risk you’re taking on. Before you rearrange your assets, however, there are five important factors you’ll need to consider. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 06, 2017

Repurchase agreements, or repos, are tools that give investors access to fast cash without requiring them to put too much on the line. They’re short-term contracts that can end overnight or last for months at a time. For anyone who’s ever wondered what repos are and why they matter, we’ll break down their purpose and their role in the money market and our country’s monetary system. Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 03, 2018

Saving money for retirement or a major purchase can be difficult, especially if you’re still paying off student loans, credit card bills and other kinds of debt. If one of your goals for the year is to become a super saver, it might help to start small. Aiming to save $10,000 or $15,000 in a year might seem daunting, but breaking that goal up into chunks can make it easier to attain. And even a small amount of money can really grow over time – a savings calculator can help you see just how much. Once you are ready, we have some tips for how you can start saving money every month. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 14, 2017

When you’re claiming tax breaks to lower your tax bill, you can either itemize them or take the standard deduction. Claiming the standard deduction is certainly the easier way to go. But if you go… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 12, 2016

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 Jan 10, 2018

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 Feb 02, 2016

Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily the best time to be frugal. After all, you want your significant other to feel loved and appreciated. But making the holiday a special and memorable occasion can be… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 24, 2017

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 May 15, 2018

Update: Based on the new tax code signed by President Trump on Dec. 22, 2017, the IRS released new tax withholding guidelines. Taxpayers should have seen changes to their paychecks, reflecting the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 15, 2018

Like a tax credit, a tax deduction is a type of tax break. It reduces the amount of money you owe Uncle Sam. Tax deductions lower your tax burden by lowering your taxable income and you can either… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 02, 2017

Dealing with a bill collector is never fun and it can be particularly stressful when you’re sitting on a mountain of debt. Sometimes debt collectors fail to follow the rules outlined in the Fair Debt… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 27, 2018

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 Feb 27, 2018

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 Jan 06, 2016

If you were unhappy with last year’s income tax bill, there are several ways to reduce your overall tax burden before April 15 arrives. You can try to qualify for as many tax deductions and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 28, 2015

The beginning of the new year is the standard time to make resolutions. This might be the year that you plan to start your own business. Or it could be the year you take that vacation you keep… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 17, 2015

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 Dec 14, 2015

Now that school is out for the holidays, you’re probably looking forward to a few weeks of relaxation. Besides travelling and spending quality time with your family, you likely have nothing planned… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 18, 2018

Bouncing back from a holiday shopping spree can take time. While you’re working hard to get all of your financial ducks in a row, you don’t have to stay cooped up in the house for the remainder of… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 10, 2015

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 Dec 09, 2015

There’s a fine line between frugal and cheap. And when you’re hosting a holiday party, it’s important to tread that line carefully. You don’t have to spend all of your cash on decorations and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

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 Dec 07, 2015

Christmas isn’t all about the gifts hidden under the tree. For many of us, hanging stockings over the fireplace is an annual tradition. If you’re guilty of filling stockings with lackluster gifts… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 15, 2017

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, you might be tempted to take out a… 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

by Amanda Dixon Nov 27, 2015

From the moment they’re born, startups face a number of challenges. Having an innovative idea that fills a void is one thing. Turning that concept into a viable business is a different story. At some… Read more