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Stephanie Horan, CEPF®

Stephanie Horan is a data journalist at SmartAsset. A Certified Educator of Personal Finance (CEPF®), she sources and analyzes data to write studies relating to a variety of topics including mortgage, retirement and budgeting. Before coming to SmartAsset, she worked as an analyst at an asset management firm. Stephanie graduated from Williams College with a degree in Mathematics. Originally from Philadelphia, she has always been a Yankees fan and currently lives in New York.

Posts by Stephanie Horan, CEPF®

SmartAsset 2022 Study: Where Gas Prices Are Highest Going Into the Holidays
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Where Gas Prices Are Highest Going Into the Holidays – 2022 Study

With many Americans driving around winter holidays, average gas prices will be at their highest seasonal level ever, according to new data from GasBuddy (a website that tracks local gas prices). The national average is projected to stand at $3.68… Read more…

SmartAsset: Financial Advisor Marketing Strategies - 2022 Study
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Nearly 60% of Financial Advisors Are Doing More Client Outreach This Year – 2022 Study

Like most client-facing businesses, financial advisory firms tend to have a strong focus on marketing. Those promotional strategies often serve to both engage current clients and expand their business to bring on new clients. And with the end of the… Read more…

SmartAsset: Where Millennials Are Moving - 2022 Edition
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Where Millennials Are Moving – 2022 Edition

Millennials are increasingly putting down roots whether that is through buying a home, getting involved in their community or working with a local financial advisor to plan for the future. While less than 4% of millennials moved between states in… Read more…

SmartAsset: Where Are Young People Buying Homes? - 2022 Edition
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Where Are Young People Buying Homes? – 2022 Edition

The housing market has increasingly discouraged young people from buying homes. A June 2022 survey by Money and Morning Consult found that given the state of the housing market over the past two years, 48% of Generation Z and 44%… Read more…

SmartAsset: Best Cities to Work From Home - 2022 Edition
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Best Cities to Work From Home – 2022 Edition

The share of individuals who work from home has dramatically increased over the past several years. Census Bureau data shows that the estimated percentage of workers in the U.S. who work from home rose from 5.0% to 17.9% between 2016… Read more…

SmartAsset: How Much Does the First Year of Homeownership Cost in Large U.S. Cities? – 2022 Edition
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How Much Does the First Year of Homeownership Cost in Large U.S. Cities? – 2022 Edition

Mortgage rates have jumped over three percentage points this year, recently hitting new highs above 6.0%. And for new homebuyers, this has dramatically increased the cost of buying a home. Though homebuyers may refinance over the course of their mortgage… Read more…

best cities for young professionals
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States Losing (And Gaining) The Most Rich Young Professionals – 2022 Edition

Young professionals are generally staying close to home, according to new research. The Census Bureau and Harvard University recently found that 80% of young adults live less than 100 miles from where they grew up. Meanwhile, just 10% had moved… Read more…

SmartAsset: Best Cities for Young Financial Advisors to Start Their Careers - 2022 Edition
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Best Cities for Young Financial Advisors to Start Their Careers – 2022 Edition

The tight labor market has made it more difficult for some companies to secure top talent. Even financial advisor firms are struggling to find new advisors as their workforce ages. Data from the J.D. Power U.S. Financial Advisor Satisfaction Study… Read more…

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How Are Financial Advisors and Investors Responding to the Bear Market? – 2022 Study

In June 2022, U.S. stocks officially entered a bear market as popular market indexes – such as the S&P 500 – fell more than 20% below previous record closes. Those losses have since been met by recent upticks over the… Read more…

SmartAsset: Top 50 Fastest-Growing Financial Advisor Firms - 2022 Edition
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Top 50 Fastest-Growing Financial Advisor Firms – 2022 Edition

The independent wealth management industry has grown significantly over the past decade and many financial advisors think it will continue to grow looking forward. According to a 2022 Schwab Advisor Services’ Independent Advisor Outlook Study, about 93% of firms expect… Read more…