financial decisions

4 simple steps to get out of debt fast — no matter how much you owe
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There’s no sugar coating it: Debt sucks. f you’re one of the 80% of Americans who are in debt, you probably have a TON of reasons as to why — and it might not even be your fault. After all, we don’t come out of the womb knowing how debt works. There’s no “pay off […]

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401(k) Vesting: What It Is and Why It Matters
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You’ve almost certainly heard that if you’re saving for retirement, taking full advantage of your 401(k) employer match should be your first step. That match represents an immediate 50% to 100% return on investment, which is better than anything you’ll find anywhere else. It’s the standard advice because it’s good advice. Making sure you’re getting the […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 30): Getting Your Family and Friends on the Same Page
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“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from the beginning! Last time, we looked at what you can do when your goals change, even in the midst of working toward a major personal finance target. Today, we’re going […]

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The Pros and Cons of Investing With Robo Advisors
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The last few decades have been very good for individual investors. Vanguard introduced the first publicly available index fund in 1976, and since then index mutual funds and ETFs have exploded in availability. Given what we know about investing – namely that minimizing fees and using index funds both increase your odds of success – […]

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10 Friends Who Will Ruin Your Finances If You Let Them
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We’ve always heard a good friend is “worth their weight in gold.” But is that always true? With some friends, absolutely. A good friend can be there for you when times are tough, help you celebrate when times are good, and make your day-to-day life a lot more fun. Unfortunately, not all “good friends” are good with money. […]

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 28): Handling the Long Valley
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“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from the beginning! Last time, we took a deep look at tactics that a person might use when handling a personal crisis. Things like a death in the family, a car […]

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I’d Rather Be ‘Average’ Than Broke
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When you read up on investing, it’s easy to get the sense that there’s one way to invest for “average” people, and another way to invest if you really know what you’re doing. You know what I’m talking about. You’ll hear people say things like, “Index investing is great for the average investor,” or, “If […]

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Six Times You Should Hire a Financial Planner (and Three Times You Shouldn’t)
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Financial planners get a bad rap, and to a large extent that’s deserved. Far too many “planners” are really just salesmen in disguise, tasked with leading their clients into high-cost products sold by the companies they work for. But there are good financial planners out there if you know where to look, and in the right […]

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How and Why to Tell Your Kids ‘No’
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Do you ever get sick of telling your kids “no” all the time? Do you feel bad saying “no,” even though you know you should? This is me, 24/7, 365 days per year. My five- and seven-year-old girls ask for at least 100 things per day, and get a big fat “no” around 95% of the […]

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What a Good Financial Planner Does (and Doesn’t Do)
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When just about anyone can call themselves a financial planner, it’s understandably hard for consumers to know whom to trust for financial advice. See, unlike doctors and lawyers who have to meet certain standards in order to hold themselves out as certified professionals, there are virtually no requirements you have to meet in order to […]

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The Key to Financial Success Is Being Accountable to Yourself
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Over the years, I’ve written about literally thousands of tactics for spending less money, earning more money, and putting that extra money to work to eliminate debt, build an emergency fund, save for retirement, or succeed at other goals. At a glance, most of those tactics seem really, well, simple. It’s not really rocket science […]

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