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What Are High-Risk Pools?
Feb 22, 2017

There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the individual health insurance marketplace. One of the plans for replacing the Affordable Care Act is establishing high-risk pools for health insurance. Need a refresher on what high-risk pools are and how they work? You’ve come to the right place.  Read More...

Credit Cards
All About Payroll Cards
Feb 22, 2017

Most Americans receive their earnings via direct deposit or check. Some, though, get paid via payroll cards. These cards function like pre-loaded debit cards and can be used at an ATM to take out cash. However, the fees on payroll cards make them a controversial feature of the American employment landscape.  Read More...

Mortgage
Salary Needed to Afford Home Payments in the 15 Largest Cities
Feb 22, 2017

You finally have enough savings for a down payment and you’re ready to buy a house. How much will monthly house payments cost? Like with any big financial commitment, it’s important to know how much you’ll need to budget per month. It can be hard to calculate exact payments as property taxes and homeowners insurance are also factors. We crunched the numbers to find how much median home payments cost in the 15 largest U.S. cities and the salary needed to pay them. Read More...

Mortgage
Raising a Family in Los Angeles
Feb 22, 2017

We all know that raising a family in this country isn’t cheap. According to the USDA, the average cost to raise a child is $233,610. That includes food, shelter and other necessities. It doesn’t include the cost of college or private school. Curious about raising a family in Los Angeles? We’ve got you covered.  Read More...

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Student Loans
Countries with Free College

Aug 31, 2015 The rising cost of tuition and fees at US colleges has rendered college unaffordable for many families. The average US college student now…

Auto
How Much Does Adding a Teenager Increase Your Insurance?

Feb 03, 2017 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…

Mortgage
5 Reasons Why Your First Home Should be an Investment Property

Dec 20, 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…

Mortgage
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

Mortgage
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...

Mortgage
The Best Cities for Women in Tech
Dec 14, 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...

Mortgage
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...

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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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