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The Top 10 Financial Certifications
Aug 21, 2017

When you are looking around for a financial adviser to hire, you’re likely to encounter an assortment of initials after each financial professional’s name. CFA, CPA, CLU. These letters signify different financial certifications. Curious to know more? Read on and allow us to explain. Read More...

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Credit Card Processors: What They Are and How to Choose One
Aug 18, 2017

Any business that wants to accept credit cards as payment needs a credit card processor. The processor opens up the channel of communication between the merchant’s store and the client’s bank. It allows the payment to move from one end to the other. Read on as we explain what is a credit card processor and how to choose one. Read More...

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Places Where It’s Hardest to Save Money
Aug 17, 2017

Many Americans don’t manage to save much. According to a survey done by the Federal Reserve, 31% of respondents had no retirement savings at all. Whether it’s because of high student debt or climbing housing costs, Americans across the country are finding it hard to save. But not every place presents the same challenges. In some places, high housing costs make it hard to save, and in others, it’s low salaries. We look at these and other factors to find the hardest places to save money. Read More...

The Best Places to Raise a Family in Florida
Aug 17, 2017

Florida is a wonderful place to raise a family. The weather is almost always great and the cost of living is also relatively low, meaning parents won’t have to break the bank to live there. Plus, Florida has no state income tax. That means keeping more of every paycheck you earn. But what are the best places in Florida to raise a family? Read on as we rank the top 10 cities. Read More...

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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…

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…

5 Reasons Why Your First Home Should be an Investment Property

Aug 03, 2017 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…

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The Best Cities for Women in Tech in 2017
Apr 10, 2017

The fight for equal rights for working women remains an uphill battle. That’s one reason why about 3 million people around the world recently participated in women’s marches and thousands took part in demonstrations on International Women’s Day. An analysis from the Center of American Progress estimated that A Day Without a Woman could have cost the U.S. GDP $21 billion if every woman who worked outside the house went on strike. Read More...

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The Biggest Credit Card Complaints in America
Apr 14, 2017

Credit card complaints can be difficult to address. Sometimes credit card companies are hard to reach or it’s not clear who you should be complaining to. In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, the federal government set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help protect consumers. The CFPB government agency helps consumers address complaints they have with banks, credit unions, credit card companies, payday lenders and other financial companies. Read More...

The Best Cities to Be a Homeowner
Mar 23, 2017

Home is where the heart is, so the saying goes. For homeowners, their home is also where they probably invested a large chunk of their money. In some places homeownership has proved to be a worthwhile investment, as the home values skyrocket. But in other places, depressed home values and high property taxes may have made owning a home less worth it.  Read More...


Personal Finance
SmartAsset Talks to Patrice Washington of Real Money Answers (Video)
Apr 11, 2017

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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