What is the safest way to earn a higher interest rate on our money than by using our traditional savings account or a money market account?

In order to stay within your "safest" criteria, you would want to stick with an FDIC or NCUA insured account. You can get slightly higher interest rates by shopping around for high-interest savings accounts from online banks and credit unions. Currently (November 2018), rates on savings accounts are….

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Do Credit Cards Charge Interest on New Purchases If One Is Paying Off a Balance?

When credit cards carry a (any) balance they charge interest on the entire amount, even purchases, on a daily basis. So there is a difference, because the client in scenario B would accrue interest daily on the purchases they made that month, while in scenario A they are only accruing interest . . . .

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If a private individual leases a property to a non-profit, is there an exemption for property taxes for the term of the lease?

Simply leasing a property to a non-profit will not, on its own, exempt a private individual from having to pay property taxes. Since property taxes are state taxes, the exemption will depend on the laws in your individual state. Non-profits are exempt from all state property taxes because. . . .

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How To Keep The Recent Market Drops From Ruining Your Financial Plan

The end of last week saw a stock market drop which has many spooked and supposed experts have been using words like ‘market crash’, ‘historic drop’, and ‘recession’. Here are the 5 things you should do to keep the market downturn from ruining your financial plan.

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What are the pros and cons of annuities versus stocks?

Despite what you might hear, there are some very good ‘pros’ in favor of annuities. But, there are also a lot of very big ‘cons’ with buying an annuity. Annuities provide a fixed income until you die, which is very attractive for retirees. With a fixed annuity, the fact the insurance company is taking. . . .

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Are there any sure proof ways to safeguard my nest egg?

There are no sure proof ways to safeguard a nest egg, but there are things you can do which will improve your protections and increase the safeguards. Below are some general recommendations which can help you see what tools are available to you to protect your wealth based on the. . . .

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Don't Focus on Rapidly Paying Off Student Debt

Focusing on rapidly paying off debt may seem like common-sense, but it can be devastating to your financial plan. Not only can this strategy reduce your future retirement accounts by hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it actually increases the risk of going further into debt if you lose your job or another emergency happens.

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Joshua Escalante Troesh