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Becca Stanek

Retirement and Investing Expert

Becca Stanek is a graduate of DePauw University. Becca is an experienced writer/editor who serves as a retirement expert for SmartAsset. She's passionate about helping people understand the sometimes daunting ins and outs of personal finance. Becca is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®) and a member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Her work has also appeared at Time, The Week, Mic and The Washington Monthly. Becca grew up in the Midwest and now lives in New York City.

Posts by Becca Stanek:

by Becca Stanek Nov 24, 2017

Are your retirement savings on track? It can be hard to know exactly how much you should have tucked away and by what age. And how do you stack up compared to others? Taking a look at the average 401(k) balance by age can be a good way to see how you’re doing. An employer-sponsored retirement account like a 401(k) is a great option for investing money pre-tax – especially if there’s an employer match. Make sure you’re taking full advantage. Read more

by Becca Stanek Feb 01, 2018

Take billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s advice for how to learn to make good money decisions, and pick up a book. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned investor in need of a refresher, reading one of the best investing books is a great way to sharpen your knowledge. With these books, you can pick Peter Lynch’s brain, learn the history of Wall Street or simply figure out if you’re ready to use that spare money tucked away in your savings account to start investing. Read more

by Becca Stanek Nov 22, 2017

Figuring out how to buy bonds is a deceptively complicated process. Before you make your purchase, it’s important to understand what types of bonds there are, and how much risk and reward each bond carries. Bonds can be a good way to round out a diverse portfolio, but not all bonds are as straightforward and reliable as the ones your grandma gave you for graduation. Read more

by Becca Stanek Nov 29, 2017

As Benjamin Franklin once said, the only certainties in life are death and taxes. So when a loved one dies and you receive an inheritance, the natural next question might be: Is your inheritance… Read more

by Becca Stanek Nov 21, 2017

If you’re the victim of identity theft or you think you might be, you may want to consider a credit freeze. A credit freeze blocks new creditors from viewing your credit report. That makes it tougher… Read more