Author: Amanda Holden

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Understanding mortgage basics

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Do you ever window shop for the perfect home, whether by browsing online or taking a stroll through your favorite neighborhood? You’re not alone. It’s fun …

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Easy ways to save money

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Saving money is important for a whole host of reasons. For one, It can enable you to afford large expenses (such as a vacation or new …

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A guide to exercising employer stock options

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You’re staring at a pile of paperwork about your company stock option plan, and it’s giving you a headache. Why does it look like it’s in …

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Can you deduct your child’s tuition from taxes?

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Are you a parent who looks at rising tuition costs in a mild form of agony? Are you committed to both helping your kids get through …

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The difference between speculation & investing

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All investments carry some risk, but the difference between speculating and investing can illustrate the level of risk involved. Speculating often describes scenarios when there’s a …

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What Is a dividend?

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Investing in the stock market can be an exciting proposition. Stocks provide an opportunity to make your money work for you. In fact, there are two …

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Credit card statement balance vs. current balance

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As you get familiar with your credit cards, you’ll notice that each issuer may have a slightly different method of presenting and even calculating the numbers …

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Bond ETFs explained

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Investing in individual bonds can be complicated. Bonds don’t trade in an open marketplace, they can be somewhat illiquid, and investors may need a broker—who will …

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A guide to tax-efficient investing

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When investing, the ultimate goal is to find ways to have your money make you money. Really, that’s it! Though investing strategizing can become complicated, the …

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How to buy shares

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Owning a piece of the stock market can be an exciting endeavor. After all, with the purchase of stock shares, an investor does technically become part …

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Price-to-earnings ratio explained

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When a shopper goes looking for a new appliance, perhaps a coffee maker, they may ask themselves questions like: “Is this worth the price?” and “What …

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How long should you hold stocks?

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In a few clicks of a button, an investor might become the proud owner of new stock. Researching new stocks can be a hard-but-rewarding endeavor. And …

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Smart medical school loan repayment strategies

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If you’re a doctor or studying to be one, you probably have student loans. For most medical school students, student loans are a necessary — and …

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5 tips for finding a mortgage lender

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Buying a home is an incredible accomplishment, but it doesn’t come without challenges. Not only are you on the hunt for your dream home (you know, …

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How to start investing in stocks

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The very idea is sublime: Having your money make you more money? Yes please! If you’re reading this, you’ve likely heard about the opportunity to earn money …

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How much money should I save a month?

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We’ve all got dreams. Maybe yours is drinking from a coconut on a beach in Bora Bora during your honeymoon, raising a family in a warm …

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Examining the different types of stocks

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The ups and downs of the stock market can be downright exhilarating — or terrifying, depending on who you are. There’s a reason so many people …

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How to know when to sell a stock

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Whether on TV, on the radio, or from your third cousin at the Thanksgiving dinner table, there is a lot of chatter dedicated to the discussion …

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Important retirement contribution limits

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By saving and investing for retirement, you are working toward financial freedom — a goal worthy of your time and effort.As you may know, there are …

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9 smart ways to pay off student loans

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No one ever wants to talk about the unglamorous work that goes on behind the scenes, but it’s the unspoken progress that makes or breaks every …

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Can you buy partial shares?

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Have you ever looked into buying a stock only to get major sticker shock? “Holy smokes, this stock costs $1,000 — I’ll never be able to …

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Understanding the different types of retirement plans

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Retirement will likely be the biggest expense of your lifetime, which means saving for retirement is a big job. This is especially true if you envision …

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Handling a financial windfall

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Who hasn’t dreamt of all the crazy things they’d buy if they were to win the lottery? Or stared out into the night sky, wondering if …

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Are you bad with money? How to know & what to do

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So, you think you’re bad with money. Welcome to the club. At some point, many people may feel this way. It’s probably no surprise, considering that …