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America’s 10 cheapest states for college

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The cost of attending college in the U.S. can be quite expensive. In addition to tuition and fees, students may need to cover the cost of …

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Is it really OK to use your 401(k) to buy a home?

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  Withdrawing money from a 401(k) to buy a house may be allowed by your company-sponsored plan, but this tactic is not always advisable, especially for …

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Common budgeting mistakes & how to avoid them

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Sure, a budget is an important tool to help you balance your income and your spending, keep your savings on track, and help you avoid debt. …

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Here’s how much that dream exotic car will cost you

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You’ve probably imagined yourself behind the wheel of a Lamborghini, cruising in a Maserati, or putting the pedal to the metal in a red Ferrari. Exotic …

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Yes, you should start retirement planning in your 20s. Here’s why

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When you’re starting your career in your 20s, the last thing on your mind may be the end of your career and the retirement that comes …

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Can you afford a classic car?

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Most people buy cars for practical purposes. They need transportation to get to and from work and to run errands around town. But for classic car …

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Can you actually make money renting your car?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has driven up rental prices, which may not get back to normal until 2023, according to some experts. In addition, people who are …

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Dreaming of sailing on your own boat? Here’s what it’ll cost you

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“Boat” can mean a surprisingly large number of things. The types of craft that fall under the category of boat range from kayak to mega yacht. …

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How much does it really cost to own an electric car?

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At first, electric vehicles were marketed as luxury cars with price tags that put them out of reach for most people. However, as interest in eco-friendly …

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Yes, you can increase your car’s value. Here’s how

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When you’re ready to sell your car or trade it in for a new model, you’ll discover that your car is no longer worth anywhere near …

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12 tips to help you save on your next car

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If you’re getting anxious, worrying about how to save money on a car, go no further. We’ve got this. Related: Can I pay off a personal …

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Served in the military? You may be eligible for special auto loan refinancing

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Refinancing the loan on your vehicle can be an important tool in helping you save money. This is especially true if your financial situation has recently …

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Can you extend a lease on a car?

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  Leasing a car can be a good option for people craving flexibility. They want to drive a relatively new vehicle. And at the end of …

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Are student loans tax deductible? A guide to rules & limits

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Are student loans tax deductible? You betcha: If you paid on student loans in the prior tax year, you might qualify for the student loan tax …

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How long is the average car loan?

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  Editor’s note: Lantern by SoFi seeks to provide content that is objective, independent and accurate. Writers are separate from our business operation and do not receive …

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SIMPLE IRA contribution limits for employers & employees

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  A SIMPLE IRA, or Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees, is a way for self-employed individuals and small business employers to set up a retirement …

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Am I on track for retirement?

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  If everyone got a dollar every time they wondered, “How much do I need to retire?” we’d all be a lot closer to retiring.   …

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Understanding property valuations

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  If you’re applying for a mortgage, you probably expect the lender to take a look at your income, debt, credit history, employment and assets. There’s another …

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Traditional IRA income and contribution limits

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  A traditional IRA is a tax-advantaged investment account that helps individuals save for their retirement. The contributions a person makes are typically fully or partially …

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How to win a bidding war on your dream home

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  In housing markets teeming with buyer demand, it’s not uncommon to put an offer on a home, only to be outdone by a competing offer. …

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Should you take out a personal loan to pay off credit cards?

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People talk all day long about their workouts, favorite apps and their love lives, but bring up the subject of money, especially credit card debt, and …

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6 simple ways to reduce your mortgage payment

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  It’s often said that your mortgage payment should be no more than 28% of your gross monthly pay. A really conservative take is that your …

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The dos & don’ts of using social media for investing tips

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Social media has become an important new source for many people, including for investors looking for ideas to guide their strategy. That said, social media users …

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Savings goals by age: Smart financial targets by age group

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  Mapping out your financial future can be daunting, especially if you only have a vague sense of what you want to accomplish.   It can …

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How to read financial statements: The basics

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  A company’s financial statements are like a report card that tells investors how much money a company has made, what it spends on and how …

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Top 50 safest cities in the US

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For many homebuyers, safety is a top concern when shopping for a house. It can influence where you feel comfortable living, and safety ratings can have …

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Tips for buying a home in the winter

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Sunny days can mean that more people are primed to go out and look at houses. There’s the common adage that spring or summer is one …

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When to count your home equity as part of your net worth

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Your home may be your largest asset, but should you include it in your net worth calculations? In some situations, it’s a good idea, and in …

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How to calculate stock profit

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You’ve just sold some of your stocks and were lucky enough to make a profit. Now, like Scrooge McDuck rubbing his hands together with dollar signs …

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8 steps to buying a vacation home

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If you’re like many Americans, you dream of having a beach house, a desert escape, or a mountain hideaway. Perhaps you’re tired of staying at hotels …