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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 May 15, 2020

Elderly people have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with the greatest risk of complications and death occurring among older people. If you’re an elderly person on Medicare, you might be wondering what medical costs related to coronavirus are covered by the programs. In this article we’ll break down which costs are covered by Medicare, and what other services are provided and covered during this time. Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Apr 29, 2020

More than 1 million people in the U.S. have COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and by the end of April nearly 60,000 Americans had died of the illness. The symptoms of some COVID-19 patients are mild and don’t require medical attention; others don’t experience any symptoms at all. But many people with the disease require serious medical care. Fortunately, the government has taken steps to minimize the financial impact on those who contract the illness. Here’s what’s available. Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning May 15, 2020

 Nebraska has one of the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the nation, and the governor has not issued a blanket stay-at-home order as many other governors have done. Nevertheless, the pandemic has affected people and small businesses in the Cornhusker State. By mid-May 2020, Nebraska had 9,075 cases and more than 107 fatalities because of COVID-19. Unemployment is soaring: There have been 83,000 initial unemployment claims in five weeks, roughly the number of applications the state saw in the last two years combined. By mid-April, the jobless rate was 4.2%. The good news is that residents and small businesses affected by the coronavirus and its economic fallout can avail themselves of state and federal help as the crisis continues. Here is an overview of the programs and resources available to Nebraskans. Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning May 15, 2020

The disease that the novel coronavirus causes, COVID-19, has hit businesses and individuals across the country. Despite its distance from the worst-hit areas, New Mexico has not been spared. By mid… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Apr 28, 2020

The disease that the novel coronavirus causes, known as COVID-19, has hit businesses and individuals across the country. Despite its distance from the worst-hit areas, Utah has not been spared. By… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning May 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has hammered Nevada. By mid-May the state had 6,499 confirmed cases and 331 fatalities (out of a population of 3.08 million). Unemployment has been rampant. For the week ending… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Apr 21, 2020

New Jersey was one of the first states hit by coronavirus and, after New York, has been the worst hit by the pandemic. The good news is that the Garden State has expanded unemployment resources and… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Apr 21, 2020

Michigan has been one of the hardest-hit states in the COVID-19 crisis, with only New York and New Jersey seeing more cases and deaths. This infection rate has also led to significant economic… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 31, 2020

A survivorship clause in a will or trust stipulates that beneficiaries can only inherit if they live a certain number of days after the person who made the will or trust dies. These clauses aim to… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 31, 2020

Many people are unaware that you don’t have to wait until death to give or receive an inheritance. If you want to start giving to your heirs early, there are several ways you can do so. If you’re… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 24, 2020

When shopping for a healthcare plan, you’ll want to compare costs, size of the network and the flexibility of various plans. Two common types of healthcare plans are health maintenance organization … Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 20, 2020

India is known for its vibrant culture, with food, architecture and colorful festivals contributing to a cultural smorgasbord with a millenia-old history. Whether you’re a city dweller, a mountain… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 18, 2020

The Caribbean offers a sunny oasis for retirees. With the laid-back lifestyle, affordable healthcare, and tax incentives, retirees are drawn to the Caribbean islands. But before you throw your winter… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 17, 2020

Nicaragua is a small country in Central America that has coasts on both the Pacific Oceans and the Caribbean. The country also boasts mountainous regions and the largest lake in Central America, so… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 16, 2020

Malta is a small five-island archipelago 100 miles south of Sicily, Italy. This Mediterranean nation and European Union member offers spectacular cities and crystal-clear waters. It’s no wonder… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 06, 2020

While many retirees flock to warmer climates like Florida, others venture much farther south, with Chile one popular destination. From Mediterranean-like weather in the nation’s north, stunning… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 06, 2020

As one of the most welcoming and mysterious countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has a lot to offer retirees. With over 2,000 miles of coastline, small fishing villages, and ancient Buddhist temples,… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 06, 2020

Malaysia has a lot to offer retirees, from its sandy beaches to its extensive rainforests to its dazzling capital city of Kuala Lumpur. On top of all this, it also boasts relatively inexpensive… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Mar 03, 2020

Uruguay has become a popular retirement destination due to its warm climate and affordable living. This South American country is located between Argentina and Brazil and is known for its friendly… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 28, 2020

Are you thinking of retiring in Australia? The Land Down Under makes for an appealing retirement destination, with its nautical culture, beautiful coastal areas and first-world amenities. But as with… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 28, 2020

Want to retire to a country known for lush landscapes and friendly locals? If so, you may want to consider Colombia. It’s become a favorite destination among American retirees in the last decade.… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 26, 2020

Unless you buy and sell specific securities on your own, it’s likely that you are paying fees to one or more investment managers for handling your investments. If you buy shares in a mutual fund, the… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 22, 2020

Do you like to see aggressive growth in your portfolio? Do you mind a little risk? You may be an aggressive investor. If you’re just getting use to this type of investing, you might wonder what your… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 22, 2020

Selecting a profitable investment is a challenging for many investors. Fortunately, investors can use investment analysis to help them determine how an investment will perform. Here are a few of the… Read more

by Ashley Chorpenning Feb 21, 2020

Your credit score impacts several aspects of your financial life, including the interest rates you receive on loans and premiums you pay on auto insurance. As such, understanding how credit scores… Read more