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Ashley Chorpenning

Retirement, Investing and Budget Expert

Ashley Chorpenning is an experienced financial writer currently serving as an investment and insurance expert at SmartAsset. In addition to being a contributing writer at SmartAsset, she writes for solo entrepreneurs as well as for Fortune 500 companies. Ashley is a finance graduate of the University of Cincinnati. When she isn’t helping people understand their finances, you may find Ashley cage diving with great whites or on safari in South Africa.

Posts by Ashley Chorpenning:

by Ashley Chorpenning Apr 09, 2021

The world of investing has a culture of exclusivity around it, or, at least, that’s how many people feel. It’s common to believe that only the rich profit off stock market trading. However, online platforms Wealthfront and Robinhood claim to combat this perceived gatekeeping. Although both promise to create opportunities for a new range of investors, their functions set them apart. Wealthfront, a robo-advisor, offers various planning tools to help you reach your financial goals. Meanwhile, Robinhood, an online investment broker, opens up basic stock trading with little to no fees. But to understand which platform is right for you, we need to unpack what makes each service unique. Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Apr 07, 2021

Two of the leading web-based investment platforms are Wealthfront and Personal Capital. The former targets a wide pool of investors with its low fees; the latter caters to those who still want a human touch in their investment guidance. Here are a few essential matters you need to know if you’re considering either of these online advisors. But before picking one, consult with a financial advisor whose insights into your goals and investing style plus knowledge of available options can ensure you make a good decision. Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 30, 2021

Confronting our health and what might happen to us someday is not an easy task. Even though estate planning is emotionally challenging, it’s a necessary step to protect yourself. Not only that, without any plans, your loved ones might face unnecessary difficulties. Dealing with the assets alone can be a struggle. You wouldn’t want them worrying about making medical decisions on top of that. So, if you want to prepare for the future, it might be the right time to ask, “How much does a living will cost?” Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 30, 2021

When planning for the future, it’s common to think of what you’ll do with your estate and assets. However, there is more to consider than just your financial situation. You have to take into account… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 30, 2021

Estate planning as an individual is complicated enough, but planning for it in a marriage can create greater difficulties. Working as a unified partnership for your joint estate’s future means that… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 30, 2021

Planning for the later years of your life is often an emotionally taxing experience. However, it’s often scarier to go into the end of our life without a plan. Of course, a plan requires the right… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 30, 2021

Hard choices wait around every corner as you age, but some of the most difficult ones are about your own care. Without a plan in place, you might not be able to convey your wishes to those around you… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 29, 2021

Estate planning can be an overwhelming process, emotionally and mentally. The prices to work with a financial professional certainly don’t help either. These days, it’s possible to find free… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Apr 01, 2021

Losing a loved one is a tragedy that requires space to grieve, and the last thing a family needs at that time is to deal with unexpected costs. However, there are federal and state-level taxes that… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 19, 2021

Investing is an ever-changing world. Online brokers are constantly looking for ways to improve the investment process for novices and experts alike. Both TD Ameritrade’s service, thinkorswim, and E… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 18, 2021

Estate planning costs vary, and the difference in fees can only add to the emotional challenges. It’s difficult enough to begin managing matters of death without confusion on top of that. The… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 17, 2021

Bolivia is one of South America’s most diverse countries, in both its people and its beautiful, rugged landscapes. The country, which has more than 11 million people, has an array of sights and… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 17, 2021

Turkey is filled to the brim with beautiful architecture, art and a melange of cultures that reaches back thousands of years. It’s home to artifacts from communities like the Hittites, Ancient Greeks… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 17, 2021

An island in the West Indies, Barbados is a jewel of the Caribbean. Its turquoise waters and golden beaches are a perfect match to many people’s idealized days in the sun that they hope is waiting at… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 12, 2021

Home to both lively landscapes and a highly diverse and fascinating culture, South Africa stands out as a place of opportunity for many potential retirees. Bask in a glowing sun while out on the golf… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 12, 2021

Indonesia’s climate may be one of its biggest draws to foreign nationals escaping the cold. But it’s certainly not the only reason to visit or stay long-term. The country is well-loved for its… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 10, 2021

For those considering how to retire in Finland, you have one of Europe’s finest countries waiting to be explored. As of 2020, Finland topped Gallup’s World Happiness Report for the third consecutive… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 10, 2021

With just under 4,000 retired Americans getting Social Security benefits in the Netherlands at the end of 2019, this Western European country may not stand out as an obvious choice for retirement… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 10, 2021

For those exploring a retirement abroad, Poland has plenty to offer the budget-savvy retiree. Poland is a relatively low-cost retirement destination when compared with some of its European nation… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Jan 14, 2021

Betterment has established itself as one of the most well-known standalone robo-advisors on the market. At the same time, a brokerage giant backs Fidelity Go. While both platforms come from very… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Jan 14, 2021

Interactive Brokers has been a leader in the active investing space since its start in 1993. It is not alone, however, in standing out. One of the pioneers of online brokerage firms, TD Ameritrade,… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Jan 12, 2021

As you begin investing, you’ll likely hear about two popular online investing companies: Vanguard and TD Ameritrade. These are two of the largest brokerage firms in the U.S. While the companies have… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Jan 12, 2021

Two of the most popular online brokerages are Robinhood and Vanguard. The former is a highly streamlined platform designed for new investors. It presents users with a clean trading interface, without… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Jan 12, 2021

Online trading platform Vanguard offers a full-service securities trading capability but is best known for its huge range of mutual funds. E*TRADE, which arguably ushered in the modern era of online… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Jan 07, 2021

Brazil, which has a population of some 213 million, is known for its passionate and fun-loving people, beautiful beaches and pristine rain forests that are home to an array of fauna and flora.… Read more