Author: Laura Adams

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Interest rates are rising. Here’s how to pay down credit card debt fast

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I’ve received several questions from Money Girl podcast listeners about paying off credit card debt. It’s a fundamental goal because carrying card balances come with high …

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Seniors, should you have both a 401(k) & IRA?

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Having more than one retirement plan can change the tax rules and benefits you receive. Laura explains what you need to know and how to get …

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Is paying mortgage points ever a good idea?

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If you’re shopping for a home mortgage, you’ve probably seen the term “mortgage points.” Before you take the next step to sign a mortgage preapproval or …

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6 ways to stand out as a homebuyer

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Buying a home is an exciting process, but it can also cause a considerable amount of stress, especially if you’re buying in a competitive housing market. …

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8 steps you need to take before buying a home

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Buying a home is a huge, expensive decision, no matter if you’re a first-time homebuyer or have been buying and selling real estate for decades. Homeownership …

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7 easy ways to slash your tax bill

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While paying taxes that you legally owe the tax authorities is critical, there’s no need to pay more than you owe. While evading taxes is a crime, …

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New to investing? Read these 7 tips now

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The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis have triggered extreme stock market volatility. This week, Wall Street also saw the stock price for GameStop, a video game retailer, …

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Are you eligible for the Advance Child Tax Credit?

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  The child tax credit gives financial support to American families has been significantly expanded for 2021. Don’t miss the advance monthly payments from July through …

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Dumb money mistakes to avoid as a new parent

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Starting a family is an exciting life change for new parents. While caring for a child involves lots of feeding, diapering and nurturing, there are essential …

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10 things first-time car buyers need to know

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If you’re thinking about buying or leasing your first car, you may not know exactly where to start. While you may want to head straight for …

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Bitcoin basics for beginners

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You’ve probably been hearing a lot about bitcoin and cryptocurrency in the news these days. On October 20, 2021, bitcoin shot up to $66,975 and then …

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Your complete guide to 401(k) retirement accounts

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  The Quick and Dirty If you have the option to participate in a 401(k) at work or a solo 401(k) if you’re self-employed, use these …

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6 easy ways you can invest in crypto (including tax-friendly options)

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  You’ve probably noticed that the use of various cryptocurrencies is exploding! It seems like new coins and blockchain technologies are getting created every day. So, …

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The ultimate guide to paying off debt faster

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Many people think that all debt is bad and should be avoided or paid down as quickly as possible. However, you should break down debt into …

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Essential money rules every couple should follow

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  Being a new couple includes many “firsts,” including managing money together or even buying a home. From deciding whether to open a joint bank account or …

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5 reasons travel insurance is a good idea

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If you love the idea of traveling but are worried that your plans could backfire due to a pandemic-related issues or other unforeseen mishaps, it’s time …

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8 signs you have too much debt

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Debt is a powerful tool that can boost your success or cause your financial life to crash and burn. The trick to using debt wisely is …

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What’s the difference between a traditional & Roth IRA?

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If you work for a company that offers a retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b), you probably have the option of making “traditional” or “Roth” …

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8 investing rules to follow when the stock market drops

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Staying invested for the long-term has historically paid off. The market reflects the overall growth in the economy and rewards long-term investors, even though temporary dips …