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Derek Silva

Credit Card and Retirement Expert

Derek Silva is determined to make personal finance accessible to everyone. He writes on a variety of personal finance topics for SmartAsset, serving as a retirement and credit card expert. Derek is a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®). He has a degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has spent time as an English language teacher in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores. The message Derek hopes people take away from his writing is, “Don’t forget that money is just a tool to help you reach your goals and live the lifestyle you want.”

Posts by Derek Silva:

by Derek Silva Oct 19, 2018

Suze Orman was once a waitress making $400 per month. Today she’s built a successful career as a personal finance guru through hard work and dedication. Orman has published several books and hosted her own TV show. Her advice is simple but sound. If you could use some help with your finances, read on. Read more

by Derek Silva Mar 18, 2020

Author and entrepreneur Robert Kiyosaki hit it big in 1997 with “Rich Dad Poor Dad.” Originally self-published before being picked up by Warner Books, the money advice book was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than six years. In 2000, Oprah featured the self-proclaimed financial guru on her show, bringing his message of ownership and passive income to even more people. Kiyosaki went on to write 26 books, including two with Donald Trump, “Why We Want You to Be Rich” and “Midas Touch.” The two met while giving motivational talks for the Learning Annex. Like his co-author, Kiyosaki has filed for bankruptcy several times, most recently in 2012.  Much of his advice has come under criticism – and his bankruptcy brings his business acumen into question. Read on for more about Robert Kiyosaki, who is reportedly worth $80 million. Read more

by Derek Silva Jul 23, 2019

Dave Ramsey has made a career of giving financial advice to the people who need it most. Most of the callers on his radio show are trying to dig themselves out of deep debt. His advice to them is actually quite simple. So if you’re someone who struggles with your finances, is Dave Ramsey the guy to help you figure things out? Read more

by Derek Silva Jul 23, 2019

It wasn’t long ago that paying bills or getting a paycheck meant waiting for a check to move through the mail system. Nowadays, many of these payments happen online through an electronic network… Read more

by Derek Silva Sep 05, 2017

Roughly a third of Americans have just one credit card. For some people, having one card that they use responsibly is all they’ll ever need. For many others, a second credit card can look appealing… Read more

by Derek Silva Dec 12, 2017

Gallup polls from 2014 show that the average American has 2.6 credit cards and it isn’t hard to see why. Credit cards lessen the need for hard cash. They allow you to take advantage of the ever… Read more

by Derek Silva Jul 28, 2017

Are you jonesing for a getaway but deterred by this cost? This may ring especially true for people with children. So what should you do if you want to scratch that travel itch without breaking the… Read more

by Derek Silva Jul 20, 2017

Happiness in the United States is the lowest it’s been in a decade, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report from the United Nations. Even so, the U.S. still ranked 14th on the list that… Read more

by Derek Silva Jan 21, 2021

As an employee, you may have noticed that your paycheck never matches your full salary. This is because your employer has to withhold certain payroll taxes. You might think that you wouldn’t have to… Read more

by Derek Silva Mar 14, 2018

It’s time to pay your electric bill. You send in the payment but then you get a notification that you overdrew your account. Now you have to pay an overdraft fee. This is a common fee and if you don… Read more