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Rickie Houston

Banking, Retirement and Investing Expert

Rickie Houston writes on a variety of personal finance topics for SmartAsset. His expertise includes retirement and banking. Rickie is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®). He graduated from Boston University where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He’s contributed to work published in the Boston Globe and has worked alongside award-winning faculty for the New England Center of Investigative Reporting at Boston University. Rickie also enjoys playing the guitar, traveling abroad and discovering new music. He is originally from Wilmington, North Carolina.

Posts by Rickie Houston:

by Rickie Houston May 28, 2020

Montana provides a number of relief programs to combat the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak. With more than 480 cases and fewer than 20 deaths, the state has implemented stay-at-home orders, unemployment benefits expansions and numerous other coronavirus assistance programs for individuals and small businesses. But the U.S. also provides coronavirus crisis government help for eligible applicants. In this guide, we take a closer look at the available state and federal programs for Montanans. Countless Americans are meeting with financial advisors to protect their assets during economically turbulent times. Find a financial advisor today.  Read more

by Rickie Houston May 11, 2020

As a response to the economic challenges presented by COVID-19, Rhode island is providing widespread coronavirus support to individuals and small businesses impacted by the pandemic. In fact, the state’s efforts have led to unemployment benefits expansions, utilities expansions, financial grants and more. And if you’re a coronavirus-impacted employee or small business owner, you can also take advantage of coronavirus crisis government help. Below, we take a closer look at the available relief programs at the state and federal level. Many Americans are meeting with financial advisors to protect their wealth during economically turbulent times. Find a financial advisor today. Read more

by Rickie Houston Apr 30, 2020

Maine provides several coronavirus relief options for its individuals and small businesses. As the state works to recovery its economy, it has introduced numerous expansions and programs to support those severely impacted by the pandemic. Among these are unemployment benefits expansions, financial grants and various other programs. But employees and small business owners may also benefit from federal relief efforts. In this guide, we explore your options for relief both at the state and federal levels. A financial advisor can help you protect your assets during turbulent times. Find a financial advisor today.  Read more

by Rickie Houston May 11, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the U.S., multiple states, such as Minnesota, have created their own programs in response. Minnesota offers its individuals and small… Read more

by Rickie Houston Apr 28, 2020

Maryland currently has more than 20,000 coronavirus cases with a total of 929 deaths, according to the Maryland Department of Health. The federal government enacted its own coronavirus crisis… Read more

by Rickie Houston Apr 29, 2020

On March 13, 2020, Wisconsin signed a coronavirus relief bill that ensured it could attain $2 million from the federal coronavirus stimulus package. The bill, which allocates $75 million toward a… Read more

by Rickie Houston Apr 28, 2020

Ohio is one of many states that has formed its own relief programs to protect coronavirus-impacted individuals and businesses. As the state’s total cases surpasses 16,300, Governor Mike Dewine has… Read more

by Rickie Houston Apr 28, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted almost every state in the U.S., including Illinois. With more than 45,800 coronavirus cases and 750,000 unemployment claims, Illinois has taken several… Read more

by Rickie Houston May 28, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to slow down local, state and national economies, some states, such as Missouri, have responded by creating coronavirus state-level relief programs. With more… Read more

by Rickie Houston May 28, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to hamper the U.S. economy, residents of individual states, like Pennsylvania, are searching for relief programs at a local level. The Keystone State now has… Read more

by Rickie Houston May 28, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, individuals and small businesses can take many measures to ensure their recovery from any financial losses due to the virus. Florida currently has more than 51,000… Read more

by Rickie Houston May 15, 2020

Texas –like every other state in the U.S. — has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The state currently has more than 25,200 cases with 600 fatalities, according to the Texas Department… Read more

by Rickie Houston Apr 23, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dedicates $2 trillion to helping both individuals and businesses while the U.S. economy is affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Among… Read more

by Rickie Houston Sep 02, 2020

This year, September represents more than just the start of the school year and the unofficial end of summer — it’s also the beginning of President Donald Trump’s program to allow employers to stop… Read more

by Rickie Houston Jul 10, 2020

The coronavirus crisis presents a huge financial challenge for small businesses. As the total number of intial jobless claims in the U.S. rises and the economy continues to shrink, the federal… Read more

by Rickie Houston Apr 01, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc across the globe from a public health and economic standpoint, Facebook has stepped up to offer relief to small businesses suffering financial loss. The number… Read more

by Rickie Houston Apr 23, 2020

If you’ve lost your job due to coronavirus-related reasons, you stand in good company (26 million in the past five weeks). So many people are in the same boat, in fact, that federal and state… Read more

by Rickie Houston Dec 23, 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, a growing number of Americans are unable to work and are thus exploring avenues of coronavirus relief. Some are sick, waiting to find out if they are sick or under… Read more

by Rickie Houston Dec 28, 2020

Due to the coronavirus-caused business interruption and the massive layoffs that ensued, millions of Americans filed for unemployment claims in 2020 – many for the first time in their lives. In fact,… Read more

by Rickie Houston Jan 16, 2020

If you’re working with a registered investment advisor (RIA) firm or financial advisor, you’ll likely encounter some conflicts of interest that arise from your advisor’s compensation arrangements.… Read more

by Rickie Houston Jan 16, 2020

As you build your wealth, it’s important to protect your assets against any unforeseen events. While not as direct a way of saving as investing, insurance planning can save you significant amounts of… Read more

by Rickie Houston Oct 07, 2019

Net worth is often used as a measurement of individual, or household, wealth. This value can give you a holistic perspective of your financial situation. In fact, the average American net worth is … Read more

by Rickie Houston Feb 23, 2022

A living trust can help you establish a solid estate plan and protect your assets after your death. Every state has different estate and inheritance laws, but this guide will take a closer look at… Read more

by Rickie Houston Feb 28, 2022

Estate planning allows you to take steps to ensure your assets are protected after your death or incapacitation. After you’ve accounted for any remaining taxes or bills, you can distribute property… Read more

by Rickie Houston Oct 02, 2019

Estate planning is one of the best ways to ensure your assets are protected after you’ve died. You’ll have a range of options for legally distributing your assets following death or incapacitation,… Read more