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Chris Thompson

Mortgage, Credit Card, Savings and Retirement Expert

Chris Thompson is a retirement, savings, mortgage and credit card expert at SmartAsset. He has reviewed hundreds of credit cards and loves helping people find the one that best matches their financial needs. Chris is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®) and a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. He graduated from Montclair State University where he received the Journalism Achievement Award. Chris’ articles have been featured in places like Yahoo Finance, MSN and Bleacher Report. He lives in New Jersey and is a Mets, Jets and Nets fan.

Posts by Chris Thompson:

by Chris Thompson Dec 04, 2018

Both public and private corporations issue corporate bonds, which are a type of fixed income security. Corporations place these investments on the open market to help fund projects and other major financial undertakings. Investors can purchase corporate bonds on either the primary or secondary markets, and they offer predictable payouts and strong liquidity. So if these reliable, low-risk investments interest you, check out our guide below. Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 30, 2018

Walmart is a legendary American retail brand that was founded by Sam Walton in 1962. Although it started with just a single location in Rogers, Arkansas, Walmart has ballooned to more than 11,000 stores across nearly 30 countries worldwide. A meteoric financial rise such as this typically gets the attention of investors. If you find yourself wanting to get your hands on some of this equity, we go over your options below. Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 30, 2018

Although widely recognized as solely a technology brand, Samsung is actually more of a conglomerate. The South Korea based company extends into the financial services, tourism, science and machinery businesses as well. But tech is what Samsung does best, as Forbes ranks it 94th on its list of the top 100 digital companies for 2018. Unfortunately for American investors, Samsung stock is difficult to get your hands on without a bit of legwork and fees. Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 29, 2018

Americans look forward to their golden years, but saving for retirement can be an intimidating undertaking. The long-term nature of this type of financial planning calls for good decision-making, so… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 29, 2018

Berkshire Hathaway is a long-standing holding company with many businesses under its ownership. Berkshire is one of the most sought-after stocks on today’s market, as chairman and investing legend… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 27, 2018

Mutual funds are companies that combine investors’ money in an effort to diversify their assets throughout specific areas of the market. So investing in a mutual fund is more than just buying into… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 27, 2018

Savings bonds are what seem like a relic of the past, but they are still very much alive. The U.S. Treasury Department issues these extremely low-risk investments to help fund various projects of the… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 29, 2018

Nike is one of the most prominent sportswear companies in the world. It has been in the spotlight in recent years for its direct participation in social issues. Most notably, Nike did an ad campaign… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 26, 2018

Municipal bonds, or “munis,” are debt security investments in the daily operations or long-term projects of a state, county, city or other government organization. Government entities themselves… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 29, 2018

The Walt Disney Company is an iconic part of the American childhood experience. And its influence extends internationally and to all age groups. The legendary Walt Disney began producing his animated… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 14, 2018

Higher education is pricier than ever, and tuition hikes don’t show any sign of slowing down. But 529 college savings plans and Roth IRAs both include benefits to help you save for your children’s… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 15, 2018

TD Ameritrade is a full-service brokerage firm that is a fixture in the investment sphere. It was first established back in 1975. As a matter of fact, as recently as 2018, Kiplinger named TD… Read more

by Chris Thompson Dec 07, 2018

Merrill Edge is a brokerage firm that offers everything from self-sufficient investing to financial advisor consultations and robo-advisor services. The brokerage firm falls under the umbrella of the… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 14, 2018

Robinhood is a brokerage firm whose services are centered around its mobile and online trading platforms. In fact, the firm’s mobile app won a design award from Apple in 2015, and it holds an average… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 05, 2018

A bank branch is a physical location of a banking corporation, such as Chase, Bank of America or Wells Fargo. These buildings are technically referred to as “brick-and-mortar” branches, and they… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 08, 2018

The investment world is full of an overwhelming number of options, including equities, bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and more. Commodities may seem like just another one of the bunch, but these… Read more

by Chris Thompson Oct 29, 2018

Completely mobile banks are still a fairly new phenomenon in the mainstream banking world. Chime Bank and Simple Bank have already risen to become two of the main players in this youthful industry.… Read more

by Chris Thompson Nov 19, 2018

There are many ways to become a successful investor, and asset management and hedge funds are two prominent options. There are undoubtedly some similarities between these investment styles. However,… Read more

by Chris Thompson Sep 27, 2018

For many, predicting how your investments will perform over the long term can be difficult. After all, these returns may often seem abstract and distant. But being able to determine a time frame for… Read more

by Chris Thompson Oct 31, 2018

The investments that Utah has made with its public employee pension funds have paid off handsomely in recent years. However, its state income taxes can be a bit heavy at a 5% rate. There are also a… Read more

by Chris Thompson Oct 31, 2018

With around a million public retirement system participants in North Carolina, the state has plenty of residents to take care of. But although the number of retirees in the state and the subsequent… Read more

by Chris Thompson Dec 21, 2018

Wisconsin boasts one of the least complicated retirement systems in the country, as essentially all state and local employees fall under the umbrella of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). It has… Read more

by Chris Thompson Aug 17, 2018

The retirement system of Ohio is in good shape, especially after experiencing a major financial boost entering 2017. Whereas many states will convolute its offerings by having many base and… Read more

by Chris Thompson Oct 31, 2018

South Carolina has six different iterations of its base retirement system for different types of local and state employees. It even has a National Guard-centric plan, which not many states offer. The… Read more

by Chris Thompson Oct 31, 2018

Arizona state and local employees should feel confident about the quality of the state’s retirement system, as well as each of its subcategories. It also boasts a simple set of retirement systems… Read more