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Emergency Fund: Your Safety Net Against Financial Emergencies

You know you need to have some money set aside for life’s emergencies, but how much is the right amount? Should you have a separate fund for your car, for unemployment, and for medical problems? At the end of the day having some sort of emergency fund, specific or not, is better than having none at … Read more Emergency Fund: Your Safety Net Against Financial Emergencies

Using Multiply-By-25 Rule to Retire One Expense at a Time

Most people think about financial freedom as a point in time when you can fully cover your living expenses with non-job income. This usually involves saving and investing a significant amount of money so that a small percentage could be safely withdrawn to cover living expenses each year. To many people, this is just hard … Read more Using Multiply-By-25 Rule to Retire One Expense at a Time

Using 401(k) and IRA for Down Payment for Home Purchase

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Homeownership is the ultimate American Dream. If you’re going to buy a home, though, you will likely need a down payment — especially if you want the best mortgage rate. For those trying to make a 10% or 20% down payment on a home, coming up with tens of thousands of dollars can be a … Read more Using 401(k) and IRA for Down Payment for Home Purchase

What is a 401(k) Plan and How Does It Work

The easiest way to get started saving for retirement is to use your employer’s 401(k) plan. A 401(k) is a retirement savings plan sponsored by your employer. It lets you save and invest a portion of your paycheck before income taxes are taken out. The specific rules and investment options vary from plan to plan, … Read more What is a 401(k) Plan and How Does It Work

Financial Checklist of 25 Important Tasks To Do Each Year

It can be hard to keep track of all the various financial tasks you need to do during a given year. Today I thought I would share a list so you can map it out on whatever calendar application you like to use.  Here are some of the key financial tasks that should be done … Read more Financial Checklist of 25 Important Tasks To Do Each Year

Are You Wealthy? U.S. Net Worth by Age and Income

Net worth is the total value of all your assets minus all your debts. It is the one number that represents a singular measure of your financial success. And what net worth you need to have to be considered wealthy? To many people, wealthy means having an abundance of material possessions. For me, I would … Read more Are You Wealthy? U.S. Net Worth by Age and Income

How to Open a Roth IRA or a Traditional IRA

You are probably aware of the importance of saving for retirement through a tax-advantaged retirement account. One of the best ways to grow your wealth efficiently is to do so with a Roth IRA which grows tax free — you put after-tax dollars into an investment account, and when it comes time to withdraw the … Read more How to Open a Roth IRA or a Traditional IRA