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Mortgage
6 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Fall
Sep 26, 2016

Spring is traditionally the hottest time of year to buy a home. But there’s a lot to be said for waiting until September or October to begin shopping around for a property. As nature’s landscape begins to change, so does the home-buying landscape. If you planned to wait until March or April to become a homeowner, here’s why you might want to buy a house in the fall. Read More...

Investing
What Is Kanye West’s Net Worth?
Sep 26, 2016

Kanye West is one of the most polarizing figures in entertainment today. The outspoken rapper knows how to keep fans guessing with his unpredictable behavior. While we don’t know what he’ll do next, one thing we do know is that he appears to be as wealthy as he is provocative. Kanye West’s net worth is an estimated $145 million. Let’s look at how the star’s assets and debts add up. Read More...

Retirement
4 Unique Ways to Save More for Retirement
Sep 26, 2016

Saving for retirement can be a daunting task and it’s hard to do it without a road map. Maxing out your employer-sponsored plan (such as your 401(k) account) can be a great starting point. But there’s more than one way to pad your retirement accounts. If you’re looking for creative ways to boost your savings, here are some ideas that you can begin to implement. Read More...

Retirement
What Is a SEPP?
Sep 23, 2016

SEPP stands for substantially equal periodic payment. Setting up a series of substantially equal payments is a little-known maneuver that can enable you to withdraw money from your retirement accounts before age 59 1/2 – without paying an early withdrawal penalty. Often an SEPP comes as a result of a lay-off. Want to learn more? You’re in the right place.  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…

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…

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

Apr 01, 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
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...

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...