If you are more than halfway through repaying your home mortgage you likely have a decent amount of equity in the house. With refinancing and borrowing against your mortgage rates well below 5%, doesn’t it make sense to take equity out of your house and put it into the stock market? You could double your … Read more Should You Use Your Home Equity to Invest in the Stock Market?
A child born today that goes to college will pay over $200,000 in tuition and fees for the privilege. While most students will not pay “sticker price” due to scholarships and grants, you are still talking about a ton of cash. To generate $200,000 in 18 years of investment, you would need to save $4,370 every … Read more Should You Pay for Your Kid’s College Living Expenses?
Saving up a significant cash savings or an emergency fund capable of holding 12 months of living expenses is a Herculean effort in of itself. Once you have managed such a feat, the next question becomes what do you do with the money? Having it sit inside a big bank account earning 0.20% interest doesn’t … Read more Comparing CDs, Peer-to-Peer Lending, and Reward Checking Accounts
There are a seemingly never ending supply of scams and ripoffs designed to take your hard earned money away from you. Some con artists use simple methods to extract money from their victims, while others use a more sophisticated style. The Ponzi scheme can fall into both categories; both types will end up with you … Read more What is a Ponzi Scheme and How to Avoid It
Owing a debt that you are behind on can be a humiliating and frustrating experience. When your unpaid bill is well beyond being past due, it is written off and sold to a debt collection agency. The collection agency buys your debt for pennies on the dollar and any money they get you to pay … Read more How to Deal with Debt Collectors and Stop Harassing Calls
Buying a house is a big undertaking with a lot of legal paperwork filled with fine print. It can be overwhelming to understand exactly what you are signing and what you are actually paying for. One big piece of buying a home is paying the closing costs. But what exactly are closing costs? What is … Read more What Do Closing Costs Include When Buying a Home
In the previous article, I discussed how to overcome a personal debt crisis. In this article, I want to discuss how to avoid it in the first place (or prevent it from reoccurring). The best way to overcome a personal debt crisis is to never have one. With some forethought, discipline, and planning you can … Read more How to Avoid a Personal Debt Crisis
You’ve hit a brick wall. You have run out of money and have no available credit. Everything is maxed out. You have no easy way to increase your income, and there are still bills due this month. The cable has been disconnected, and the power is next. You’re out of money and you’ve got bills … Read more How to Overcome a Personal Debt Crisis