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Mark Henricks

Mortgage, Retirement and Investing Expert

Mark Henricks has reported on personal finance, investing, retirement, entrepreneurship and other topics for more than 30 years. His freelance byline has appeared on CNBC.com and in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and other leading publications. Mark has written books including, “Not Just A Living: The Complete Guide to Creating a Business That Gives You A Life.” His favorite reporting is the kind that helps ordinary people increase their personal wealth and life satisfaction. A graduate of the University of Texas journalism program, he lives in Austin, Texas. In his spare time he enjoys reading, volunteering, performing in an acoustic music duo, whitewater kayaking, wilderness backpacking and competing in triathlons.

Posts by Mark Henricks:

by Mark Henricks Jul 10, 2019

An open-end mortgage allows you to borrow additional money on the same loan at a later date. An open-end mortgage blends some qualities of a traditional mortgage with some features of a home equity line of credit, or HELOC. It lets you turn the value of the equity in your home into cash by later increasing the original balance of your loan. If you need hands-on guidance figuring out how an open-end mortgage could play into your overall financial life, consider finding a financial advisor tailored to your particular needs. Read more

by Mark Henricks Oct 13, 2020

A home equity loan is a type of secured loan where a borrower uses the equity of their home as collateral for the bank. The amount available is generally determined by the value of the property as determined by an appraiser from the lender. Getting one of these loans means your home has a lien on it and your actual equity in the home is reduced. Borrowing against the equity in your home can be a great way to get a low-cost loan. There are two types of home equity loans: home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) and fixed-rate loans. Each of these have their pros and cons, so be sure to pick the one that’s best aligned with your needs. And if you need some hands-on guidance, consider enlisting the help of a trusted financial advisor. Read more

by Mark Henricks Jan 14, 2020

Return on equity (ROE) measures how well a company generates profits for its owners. It is defined as the business’ net income relative to the value of its shareholders’ equity. It reveals the company’s efficiency at turning shareholder investments into profits. Since ROE takes the net income from a business’ income statement and the shareholders’ equity from its balance sheet, it can be seen as the amount that would be left over for shareholders if the company liquidated its assets and paid off its debts. ROE helps investors choose investments and can be used to compare one company to another to suggest which might be a better investment. Comparing a company’s ROE to an average for similar companies shows how it stacks up against peers. Here’s how ROE is calculated, plus how you can use it to analyze your potential investments. Read more

by Mark Henricks Jun 27, 2019

The law of demand is a basic economics. As the price of at item rises or falls, with all other things staying the same, the demand for it rises or falls. However, despite determining everything from… Read more

by Mark Henricks Jan 08, 2020

Created in response to the Great Depression, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is largely responsible for protecting investors in U.S. securities. The federal agency does this by… Read more

by Mark Henricks Jan 21, 2021

In the world of accounting, finance and taxes, there’s more than one type of year. In addition to regular years, there are a number of different fiscal years. A fiscal year is the 12-month period a… Read more

by Mark Henricks Jan 12, 2021

The discount rate is a financial term that can have two meanings. In banking, it is the interest rate the Federal Reserve charges banks for overnight loans. Despite its name, the discount rate is not… Read more

by Mark Henricks Jul 15, 2019

If you’re investing in mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the fund manager will charge fees to cover their various expenses. Those fees are collectively rolled into what’s known as an… Read more

by Mark Henricks Aug 01, 2019

Mortgage insurance premiums (MIPs) pay for insurance to protect mortgage lenders against the risk that borrowers won’t pay them back. MIPs add to a borrower’s costs, but they allow you buy a house… Read more

by Mark Henricks Apr 16, 2019

A cafeteria plan – also known as a Section 125 plan, after the portion of the IRS code that regulates the plans – lets employees redirect part of their salaries and wages to pay for certain benefits.… Read more

by Mark Henricks Apr 12, 2019

A paraplanner is a financial services professional who handles administrative, accounting and other support tasks for a financial advisor. A paraplanner is a financial advisory office’s equivalent of… Read more

by Mark Henricks Apr 05, 2019

When choosing a financial advisor, pay attention to what certifications they’ve obtained. Common certifications you’ll see include certified financial planner (CFP), chartered financial analyst (CFA)… Read more

by Mark Henricks Apr 02, 2019

Retirement is on many people’s minds, whether they are approaching it or still early in their careers and just hoping they won’t have to work until they’re nearly 100. Those contemplating retirement… Read more

by Mark Henricks Dec 22, 2020

If you miss the required minimum distribution (RMD) for your retirement account, you’ll essentially have two choices: pay a substantial fine or apply for a waiver. Either way, you’ll have a bit of… Read more

by Mark Henricks Jul 24, 2019

If you’re like many people with an individual retirement account, the money in your IRA likely represents one of your largest assets. And if you find yourself in a tight financial spot, you may want… Read more

by Mark Henricks Feb 28, 2019

“Annuity due” is a financial term that you may encounter when you are borrowing money, paying rent, saving for retirement or purchasing an annuity. Annuity due means that a payment is due at the… Read more

by Mark Henricks Dec 21, 2020

Adjusted gross income, or AGI, is extremely important for filing your annual income taxes. More specifically, it appears on your Form 1040 and helps determine which deductions and credits you are… Read more

by Mark Henricks Feb 25, 2020

Have you ever been on vacation and wondered how delightful it might be to have the chance to live in that locale, even part-time? The tangible next step to this realization could be looking at a… Read more

by Mark Henricks Jan 10, 2019

You can fulfill the American dream of homeownership by owning an apartment just as you can with a traditional home. Owning instead of renting can also be good for your finances, as you’re building… Read more

by Mark Henricks Apr 14, 2020

One of the most popular ways to organize a business is as a limited liability company, otherwise known as an LLC. LLCs require less paperwork than C corporations and S corporations, while giving… Read more

by Mark Henricks Jan 04, 2019

An annuity can provide you with income that is guaranteed for as long as you live.  These retirement savings vehicles do provide some tax benefits by letting earnings grow tax-deferred. However, at… Read more

by Mark Henricks Jan 15, 2020

Choosing the right way to save for retirement based on your personal needs is easier said than done. There is a plethora of options available, with annuities and 401(k) plans being some of the most… Read more