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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 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 experiences, unlike anything most travelers will find. Crystal lagoons, lush rainforests and mirror-like salt lakes are just the tip of the iceberg, not to mention the various indigenous cultures which bring Bolivia to life. For the soon-to-be retiree, the low costs of living and beautiful sights are a notable draw. If you are considering how to make this country your new home, speak to a financial advisor who can help you navigate the process of how to retire in Bolivia. 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, early Christians and Mongols, which fill this nation of some 82 million, with a rich sense of history. Lying as it does at a crossroads of Europe and Asia, visitors can see a unique blend of Western and Eastern influences. Its Mediterranean and Black Sea beaches are renowned for their beauty. Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar extends across 58 covered streets hosting some 1,200 shops. If you’re considering retiring in Turkey, here’s an overview of some basic information you’ll need. A financial advisor can offer valuable guidance as you consider retiring abroad. 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 the end of their working life. While this commonwealth country, where English is the official language, does have good reason to boast, you may wonder whether it’s right for you to retire in Barbados. Before contacting your financial planner to see if your finances are in order for the move, here are a few matters to consider first. 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

by Ashley Chorpenning Jan 20, 2021

If happiness is contagious, think about retiring in Denmark. Danes are routinely held to be some of the world’s happiest. Indeed two of the top five cities in a global survey of happiest cities… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Jan 07, 2021

Slovenia, a country known for its castles and caves as well as a high number of bee-keeping aficionados, shares borders with Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. While it isn’t one of the most… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Jan 07, 2021

From Oktoberfest to the Salzburg Summer Festival, Austria seems to have festivities year-round. This German-speaking nation of some 9 million has a rich cultural heritage and can boast of such fabled… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Jan 06, 2021

Singapore is a tiny country made up of 64 islands clustered around the end of the Malay Peninsula. Most of its population of nearly 6 million lives in Singapore City. Many locals speak English, and… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Dec 30, 2020

Honduras is known for it’s beautiful beaches and low cost of living. The country is home to one of the largest cities in Central America, Tegucigalpa, and plenty of quaint mountain towns and a… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Dec 29, 2020

The Republic of Taiwan is an attractive place to live due to its island setting and metropolitan feel. This island nation is known for having the highest concentration of mountains globally, and the… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Dec 29, 2020

Sweden is one of the most sought-after countries in the world. It offers an excellent quality of life for retirees with beautiful landscapes and historic, walkable cities to enjoy. The archipelagoes… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Dec 29, 2020

Do you dream of spending your retirement on a sunny Caribbean beach with a cool drink in hand? There are many alternatives, but one that you may want to consider is the Dominican Republic. From… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Dec 29, 2020

Some people dream of spending their retirement on beaches, but others find joy in quaint villages, winter sports, snowy landscapes or dramatic views of glassy smooth fjords nestled between soaring… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Dec 17, 2020

A fiduciary bond, otherwise known as a probate bond, is a protective court bond that ensures a fiduciary will honor the expectations placed on them according to the law. The fiduciary bond upholds… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Dec 17, 2020

A fiduciary deposit account is an account that’s owned by one or more persons but managed by another. The owner is known as the principal, while the manager is known as the fiduciary. These accounts… Read more