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How Many Credit Cards Should I Have?
Oct 24, 2016

Your credit score can determine whether you get the mortgage you need for your dream home or whether you qualify for cheap car insurance. There are many factors that influence your credit score and one you might not think about is the number of credit cards you have. So how many credit cards do you need? We’ll go over what you should consider in order to answer that question. Read More...

Student Loans
Calculating Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
Oct 21, 2016

In order to receive financial assistance from the federal government (and in many cases from their own states and schools), college students are required to complete the FAFSA every year. The financial details that they provide on this form are used to calculate their expected family contribution (or EFC). Knowing your EFC is important for several different reasons. Read More...

The Pros and Cons of Globalization
Oct 21, 2016

Some praise globalization while others protest the phenomenon and blame it for job loss and other ills. Even if you’re investing in emerging market funds or buying items made abroad, you may not have given much thought to the arguments for and against globalization. Is one side correct or is globalization more of a mixed bag? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of globalization. Read More...

All About IRS Form 4562
Oct 21, 2016

Starting a business can be expensive. You’ll likely have to cover the cost of a building or office space, equipment, utilities and legal and accounting fees. Fortunately, business owners can recoup some of the money they’ve spent by deducting expenses on their tax returns. While you can’t write off the total cost of any property you’ve invested in (at least after your first year of operation), you can get an annual tax break for depreciation and amortization by filing Form 4562. Read More...

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Personal Finance
How Much Does Adding a Teenager Increase Your Insurance?

Aug 12, 2015 Most teenagers dream about the day the get their driver’s license and are able to take their first car out for a spin by themselves. For…

5 Reasons Why Your First Home Should be an Investment Property

Sep 27, 2016 If you’re young and you're looking to purchase a new home to live in, maybe you should consider turning your first home into an investment…

Top 10 Best Cities to Be a Real Estate Agent

Oct 21, 2015 Across the country, real estate markets are much healthier than they were a few short years ago, when a housing bubble precipitated a much…

Personal Loans
How to Write a Personal Loan Agreement

Jan 28, 2016 Negotiating a loan with a friend or family member can be a great alternative to high-interest forms of consumer credit. Formalizing that…

Data Articles and Studies

The Happiest Places in America – 2016 Edition
May 27, 2016

Though the U.S. doesn’t rank as the happiest country in the world (that honor goes to Denmark) Americans report high levels of life satisfaction. The U.S. ranked 13th in a recent World Happiness Report that looked at 156 countries. But how do individual counties within the U.S. stack up in the happiness stakes? Let’s take a look. Read More...

The Best Cities for Women in Tech
May 25, 2016

Women in the U.S. tech industry have long faced major disparities in both employment and pay. Last year, SmartAsset’s analysis of Census Bureau data found that women hold less than 26% of tech jobs in the U.S. and on average earn just 85% of what men in those positions earn. We further found that in many top tech cities, the numbers are worse. In San Francisco, for example, just 21% of tech workers were women. Read More...

The Income Needed to Pay Rent in the Largest U.S. Cities
May 25, 2016

Big-city living comes with quite a few perks. Grocery stores and shopping centers are often in walking distance and there are usually plenty of restaurants, bars and activities close by. But when you live in a city with a high cost of living, you have less purchasing power. You might spend a lot more on housing, food and healthcare than you would if you lived somewhere else. Read More...


Personal Finance
SmartAsset Talks to Patrice Washington of Real Money Answers (Video)
Mar 05, 2015

Patrice Washington says she is an accidental personal finance blogger. Regardless, it’s a role she seems born to play, and one she’s certainly making the most of! Patrice is now much more than a personal finance blogger, she is a personal finance educator, author and advocate. You can see, hear and read Patrice pretty much everywhere from the Steve Harvey TV and radio show to her own books on personal finance. We caught up with Patrice in New Orleans for this edition of SmartAsset Talks. Read More...

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