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Investing in Bonds for Beginners

When building an investment portfolio, most people focus on an asset allocation that includes two main types of assets: stocks and bonds. While we hear about stocks all the time (thanks to a financial media fixated on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500), we don’t really hear much about bonds. However, bonds … Read more

10 Extra Costs When You Buy a New Construction Home

10 Extra Costs When You Buy a New Construction Home 3

When you purchase a new construction home, there are several hidden costs that you might not think about. The normal costs of homeownership like mortgage payments (e.g., principal and interest), property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and utilities are obvious. Other costs, though, can come as something of a surprise. When we bought our home (a new … Read more

Liability, Collision, and Comprehensive Auto Insurance Explained

When buying auto insurance, you need to know the differences between your coverage options. Understanding what different types of coverage are included in your policy can help you make better decisions about protecting your car and your assets. Types of Auto Insurance Coverage There are three types of auto insurance coverage: liability, collision, and comprehensive. … Read more

What Income Do You Need to Report to the IRS?

What Income Do You Need to Report to the IRS? 20

One of the realities of earning more money is that you also need to report that income to the IRS. When you have a side hustle, you are supposed to report that income — no matter how insignificant it seems to you. Your income is reported on your tax return, usually using Form 1040. Additionally, … Read more