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How to Calculate Your Financial Independence Ratio

How to Calculate Your Financial Independence Ratio 1

How close are you to financial independence? What if I tell you that you can calculate this number down to a reasonably precise percentage. Regardless of where you stand financially, knowing where you are is a great way to help you move closer toward your goal of financial independence. Like measuring distance or time, knowing … Read moreHow to Calculate Your Financial Independence Ratio

Portfolio Rebalancing Strategies: How and When to Rebalance Your Portfolio

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Most investors use asset allocation as a core investing strategy. This means investing a specific amount in each investment, which could be viewed as slices in a pie. At the high level, these pies are different asset classes like equities, fixed income, real estate, commodities, and cash. Within each pie, an investor also decides a … Read morePortfolio Rebalancing Strategies: How and When to Rebalance Your Portfolio

A Guide to Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP)

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A Dividend Reinvestment Plan, or DRIP, is an easy way to buy more shares using the dividends you received from your stocks. With this plan, you grow the number of shares you have over long periods of time. Many companies offer their shareholders the ability to convert dividends into additional shares of stock directly without … Read moreA Guide to Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP)

Dividend Investing Basics, Advantages, and Disadvantages

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One of the more popular investment strategies is to invest in dividend-paying stocks. In this article, we will go over the basics about what are dividend stocks and the advantages and disadvantages of dividend investing. Dividend investing is a powerful method to grow your wealth while generating regular income. Depending on your financial situation, you … Read moreDividend Investing Basics, Advantages, and Disadvantages

Invest in Peer-to-Peer Lending with Lending Club, Returns and Risks

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I have been lending in peer-to-peer lending networks like Lending Club and Prosper for about ten years now. Today, I want to share with you some of the things I have learned, and you can decide if this is the right investment for you. For those looking for quick answers: yes, peer-to-peer lending is a … Read moreInvest in Peer-to-Peer Lending with Lending Club, Returns and Risks

The 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate Retirement Drawdown Rule

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The 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate (SWR) was first introduced by William Bengen in 1994 and later supported by the Trinity Study in 1998. The rule basically states that when you hit retirement age, you can withdraw 4% of your total retirement savings initially. Each year, you increase the amount by the inflation rate. Assuming you … Read moreThe 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate Retirement Drawdown Rule

Different Types of Saving and Investment Vehicles

There are many different financial products out there that can help you achieve your saving and investing goals. Each type is better at meeting specific financial objectives, while others are better for different purposes. When you start investing, it is a good idea to become familiar with the more common ones. I am an experienced … Read moreDifferent Types of Saving and Investment Vehicles

Tax-Efficient Retirement Withdrawal Strategy

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When you stop working and have to start withdrawing money from your retirement accounts, you have to decide the best way to withdraw money from different accounts. Do you take money out of your tax-free accounts like Roth IRA and Roth 401(k) first? Or do you withdraw from your tax-deferred accounts like Traditional IRA and … Read moreTax-Efficient Retirement Withdrawal Strategy

Asset Location: Best Accounts for Different Investments

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Asset Location is a tax-efficient investing strategy to help you minimize taxes and grow your investments faster by holding investments in the best-suited investment accounts.  This strategy leverages the fact that investments in Roth IRA and 401(k) are tax-free, and investments in Traditional IRA and 401(k) are not taxed until the money is withdrawn. For … Read moreAsset Location: Best Accounts for Different Investments