Author: Valerie Zell

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How much should I spend on a house?

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Enjoying a leisurely dinner with friends. Hearing laughter as the neighborhood children play on a swingset out back. Snowy evenings curled up with a cup of …

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How often can you refinance your home?

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Other than possible lender-imposed waiting periods after a mortgage loan closes, you can refi as many times as your heart desires. But you’ll want to crunch …

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How to determine your retirement goals

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The median retirement account balance for all working Americans is $0, and half of those households are over age 55 (not a typo). But it’s not just …

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Tips for creating a financial plan

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It’s time to talk about the big picture for a minute, so close your eyes and imagine your future. What does it look like? Are you …

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Student loan options: What is refinancing vs. consolidation?

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Student loans can have a way of making you feel like a hamster in a wheel — spinning like crazy but getting nowhere fast. And while …

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5 ways to achieve financial security

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We all have a vision for our financial futures, whether it’s a vacation home on a tropical beach, a completely debt-free (and work-free) retirement, or selling …

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6 moves to make before a market downturn

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For Americans who view the stock market as a spectator sport, it can be entertaining to watch TV’s financial pundits roll up their sleeves and start …

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4 tips for paying off a large credit card bill

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You know which three little words no one wants to hear? Credit card debt. It can go from zero to thousands with one quick swipe or …

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How often should you check your investment accounts?

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In theory, the concept of “set it and forget it” feels pretty ideal with the rise of automated investing apps. But in reality, investment opportunities should come with …