Investment Types—for Newbies

Jul 12, 2017 by

You know you should be investing, but don’t know where or how to start. Well, start here. 🙂

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Fossil Fuel Is Dead

Jun 14, 2017 by

Let’s discuss: Investors with a time horizon of more than 5 years should avoid fossil fuel-related companies, mutual funds, and ETFs.

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Financial Insomnia

May 30, 2017 by

A recent telephone survey of American adults revealed that 38% lose sleep over health care and health insurance worries. To the surprise of no one who relies on their brain to make decisions, that portion is up by a whopping 37% from one year ago.

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Credit and Home Insurance

May 11, 2017 by

Think your credit rating doesn’t matter unless you borrow money? Think again. Example: South Dakotans with poor credit pay 288% more for home insurance.

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When Thin is Bad

Apr 26, 2017 by

The brains behind Millennial Personal Finance writes about the importance of polishing your credit score.

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Extend Your Tax Deadline!

Apr 17, 2017 by

File IRS Form 4868 to get an automatic 6-month tax filing extension. But you can’t postpone paying what you owe!

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WHICH Credit Score Matters?

Mar 28, 2017 by

Not all credit scores are created equal. And pretending otherwise just cost a big credit reporting bureau $3 million.

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Where’s My Refund?!!?

Mar 14, 2017 by

If your tax refund is late, it could be because of new legislation that requires the IRS to delay issuing refunds for millions of filers.

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IRS May Have Your Money!

Mar 6, 2017 by

The IRS says it owes about $1 BILLION in total to an estimated 1 million taxpayers. Are you one?

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Why I Love Capital Gains (and ...

Feb 23, 2017 by

What’s the best thing about capital gains? The income tax you don’t pay on them!

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What Would You Do? #8

Feb 18, 2017 by

Help a Money Counselor reader decide how best to use an unexpected $15,000 gift!

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Can’t Seem to Save?

Feb 11, 2017 by

The #1 reason you can’t seem to save suggested in this article. Do you agree?

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2016 EITC

Jan 31, 2017 by

Overlook the Earned Income Tax Credit and you may have missed out on the chance to cut your tax bill by $6,269!

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Underwater Car Loan?

Jan 23, 2017 by

Will the boom in subprime auto lending turn into another economic meltdown?

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Top 10 Posts 2016!

Jan 18, 2017 by

What did visitors to Money Counselor read most in 2016?

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Happy Anniversary to Us!

Jan 2, 2017 by

On our 20th wedding anniversary, twenty reasons I’m happy and grateful to share a marriage with Ms. Money Counselor.

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Why the Trump Bump?

Dec 27, 2016 by

The S&P 500 is up 5.8% since U.S. Election Day. Do investors love Trump so much, or might the reasons for the stock price run-up be a bit more complex?

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Benefits of Debt Freedom

Dec 8, 2016 by

Ms. Money Counselor and I have been debt free for nearly 15 years now. Here’s what’s been most wonderful about it.

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Bonds’ Trump Thump

Nov 21, 2016 by

Bonds lost over $1 trillion in value on November 9-10. How has Trump’s surprise victory affected your investments?

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Building a Better Portfolio

Nov 17, 2016 by

Suggestions here from Joseph Hogue, CFA, on how to build a better investment portfolio—crucial to a secure retirement!

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Our Dividend Portfolio

Nov 15, 2016 by

Revealed for the first time: Ms. Money Counselor’s and my dividend-paying stock portfolio! Yes, we do own stocks!

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Car Lease? Just Say No.

Nov 10, 2016 by

Should you lease or buy your next vehicle? Here’s the argument for buying.

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Trump, Clinton, and Your Money

Nov 7, 2016 by

Will you be better off financially if Trump or Clinton is elected tomorrow? My take here!

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Mortgage Help Deadline Near

Oct 12, 2016 by

If you’re behind on a mortgage or struggling to make payments, please read this. Help is available, but only until December 30!

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