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Ben Geier

Savings, Retirement and Investing Expert

Ben Geier is an experienced financial writer currently serving as a retirement and investing expert at SmartAsset. His work has appeared on Fortune, Mic.com and CNNMoney. Ben is a graduate of Northwestern University and a part-time student at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®). When he isn’t helping people understand their finances, Ben likes watching hockey, listening to music and experimenting in the kitchen. Originally from Alexandria, VA, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife.

Posts by Ben Geier:

by Ben Geier Jun 29, 2020

According to wedding-focused website The Knot, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is $33,900. There are some cities, though, where you still can have the wedding of your dreams for much less, which might free up funds towards other financial goals, like a new home or retirement savings. Read more

by Ben Geier Jun 26, 2020

Many states and localities that enacted shelter-in-place orders with the onset of the coronavirus crisis are now carefully implementing phased plans to reopen. With air travel not as available or carefree an option as before the pandemic, Americans are looking for safety on the road as their summer plans take shape. But staying safe while roadtripping, which can prevent significant dents in your savings, also depends on where you’re driving. That’s why SmartAsset decided to analyze the data to find the states with the worst drivers. Read more

by Ben Geier Jun 24, 2020

While women in the U.S. seeking financial and social equality still face many challenges, certain conditions have improved in recent years. That’s why SmartAsset wanted to take a look at where U.S. women are the most successful, considering factors including education, earnings and business ownership. Read more

by Ben Geier Jun 23, 2020

According to a 2018 Gallup report, approximately four in 10 Americans would choose to live in a town, a small city or a suburb of a small city as opposed to big cities and rural areas. As Americans… Read more

by Ben Geier Jun 09, 2020

Homeownership often represents a foundation to build on as well as long-term stability. This applies not only to the lifestyle a homeowner envisions when making a purchase, but also to the value of… Read more

by Ben Geier May 28, 2020

The tech industry is one of the most lucrative in the U.S. Though the COVID-19 crisis has cost the industry jobs just like virtually every industry, going into tech remains the goal of many young… Read more

by Ben Geier May 27, 2020

Though it may not always be apparent to the average citizen, the federal government is responsible for many of the everyday conveniences that help the country operate. Even some state programs are… Read more

by Ben Geier May 20, 2020

Having sufficient savings is imperative as a person enters retirement and leaves the workforce behind. But several factors – including a delayed start to saving, the increasing cost of living, a… Read more

by Ben Geier May 19, 2020

With the cost of living generally high in major U.S. cities, the ability to keep larger expenses like housing costs to a minimum can sometimes make all the difference. In some cities, though,… Read more

by Ben Geier May 12, 2020

In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which has left many Americans out of work and struggling to meet basic needs, President Donald Trump is considering proposing a plan to allow workers to… Read more

by Ben Geier May 06, 2020

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual amount spent on food in 2018 per household was $7,923, with almost $4,500 allocated for food at home and almost $3,500 for food… Read more

by Ben Geier May 14, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic crisis has impacted life throughout the world, hurting both individuals and small businesses as our normal way of living has profoundly changed… Read more

by Ben Geier May 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic crisis has impacted life everywhere, from major cities to small towns in the middle of the United States. The state of Wyoming has not been hit as hard… Read more

by Ben Geier May 01, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused problems all around the world, and Alaska, despite its relative remoteness, has not been spared. The lives of both individuals and businesses in the Last Frontier… Read more

by Ben Geier May 15, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life throughout the world, including in Alabama. By the middle of May 2020 there were 10,700 people with COVID-19 and 450 deaths.… Read more

by Ben Geier Apr 29, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted life for people around the world. Businesses have had to shut, people have lost jobs, and many have found themselves in increasingly precarious positions financially.… Read more

by Ben Geier Apr 29, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has left many Americans confused and anxious about their financial future, including many who’ve seen their income sources impacted by the social distancing and stay-at… Read more

by Ben Geier Apr 28, 2020

Housing is one of the biggest stressors for many Americans across the country, since it often constitutes the majority of a household’s expenses. Housing costs have become increasingly burdensome due… Read more

by Ben Geier Apr 25, 2020

Has government coronavirus relief money ended up in the hands of those who need it least? The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provided forgivable loans to small businesses to cover their… Read more

by Ben Geier Apr 22, 2020

A central question for most Americans when choosing where to live is whether to rent or buy. Each comes with its pros and cons. Renting a place can offer more flexibility without the burden of… Read more

by Ben Geier Jun 03, 2020

Since the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act – a $2 trillion package designed to help individuals and small businesses – most Americans have focused on one… Read more

by Ben Geier Apr 15, 2020

Though the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides a bevy of recovery measures on the federal level, including stimulus checks for individuals and  small business relief… Read more

by Ben Geier Apr 14, 2020

Almost 97% of all businesses in the U.S. have fewer than 500 employees. These small businesses are particularly imperiled by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis. To combat the… Read more

by Ben Geier May 14, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted daily life for nearly every American, and Washington State is one of the locations that has been dealing with the crisis the longest, as Seattle was one of the early… Read more

by Ben Geier Jun 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic crisis continue, people and small businesses are going to be looking for more and more ways to keep themselves afloat during this difficult period.… Read more