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Should I Pay Off My Mortgage or Invest in the Stock Market?

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage or Invest in the Stock Market?

By in Debt, Investing, Reader Question, Real Estate | 22 comments

Paying Off Mortgage vs. Investing – Which is Better? A reader asked, “Am I better off making extra payments on my mortgage at 2.9% or investing the money in the stock market?”  Should I Pay Off My Mortgage or Invest in the Markets? This question is a favorite and a one I’ve pondered many times. Actually, I’m adding $250 to my mortgage payment every month, to get the mortgage paid off by the time I reach retirement.  Whether to pay off your mortgage or not, isn’t an easy question.  There are financial and psychological aspects when considering whether to...

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10 Steps to Take Before Investing – Beginner Investment Tips

10 Steps to Take Before Investing – Beginner Investment Tips

By in Automatic Saving, Budget, Debt, Investing | 24 comments

“How many millionaires do you know who have become wealthy by investing in savings accounts? I rest my case.” – Robert G. Allen What to Do Before Investing in a Stock or Mutual Fund Buying and selling stocks, bonds and mutual funds is a path to wealth, yet, there are steps to take before investing. At the start of my investing career, I thought it was cool to research and invest in the stock and bond markets; until I had my first loss. When my first stock pick drops 50% in price, I wasn’t having fun! Fortunately, I learned...

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6 Steps to Avoid Outliving Your Money in Retirement

6 Steps to Avoid Outliving Your Money in Retirement

By in Debt, Guest Post, Retirement | 0 comments

Guest Contributor, Kostas Chiotis Don’t Outlive Your Retirement Money! Planning for retirement is one of the most important things you can do financially. It’s also one of those things that people tend to put off until retirement is right around the corner. But if you don’t have a solid plan in place, you risk outliving the money you set aside for retirement. Although, if you start today, it’s possible to avoid outliving your money. Make it a priority and your future self will thank you. So whether you are already retired, nearing retirement, or still have decades to go, this article...

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Being a Landlord Sucks-Why You Shouldn’t Invest in Real Estate

By in Debt, Make Money, Real Estate | 29 comments

Should I Invest in Rental Real Estate? Real Estate Investing Series – Part 1 With interest rates still very low, you may be considering investing in real estate. It’s all quite glamorous when you read the “no money down” success stories. There are more than enough real estate gurus out there to show you the way. But before you buy, I’m going to share with you reasons why you might not want to invest in real estate, now, or ever. In fact, I gave up owning rental property decades ago because being a landlord sucks. So, let’s imagine that...

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5 Tips to Manage Debt and Save as a Family – Without Sacrifice

5 Tips to Manage Debt and Save as a Family – Without Sacrifice

By in Debt, Saving, Tips | 2 comments

Women’s Money Week 2017 Featured Article – #WMWeek17 Behavioral Finance Tips to Help You Manage Debt & Save By staff columnist, Alexandra Deluise Having a family adds a challenging dynamic to debt payoff strategies: instead of being able to dedicate every waking moment to side jobs, you may now be confronted with sleepless nights, expensive child care, and feelings of guilt at not spending enough time with your children. Not only that, but children start to eat more, outgrow all their clothes, and develop costly interests as they get older. For a solid financial future, it’s important to manage debt and save....

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The Difference Between 401k Loans vs. 401k Early Withdrawals

The Difference Between 401k Loans vs. 401k Early Withdrawals

By in Debt, Guest Post, Retirement | 0 comments

By Gust Contributor, Anum Yoon If you need a large amount of money, you might be tempted to dip into your retirement fund. Many 401k plans let you borrow money or take an early withdrawal. Both have their pluses and minuses. However, they have one thing in common: If you take out money, you’ll typically have saved less when it’s time for retirement. The consequences of taking a 401k loan or a 401k early withdrawal could cost dearly in retirement. Don’t take this decision lightly or in your later years, you might be forced to change your lifestyle or postpone your...

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