Posts in Investing
As someone who has only invested in long-term retirement funds, what short-term, non-retirement funds should I consider investing in?

Based on the goal of using the funds to pay off the mortgage at an unknown and flexible future date, you will want to invest the funds in a traditional taxable account. You can set one up at a discount brokerage company, with a financial adviser, . . . .

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How do I find the right financial advisor for me?

Finding the right adviser is difficult but not impossible. You will want to research advisers and then set up appointments with at least three or four of them. An adviser should be a fiduciary, should not be a commissioned. . . .

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I want to invest some of my savings with a long-term strategy to use to pay back the loans I will be taking out for school; what kind of investment strategies or accounts should I consider?

Before we discuss the investment opportunities for paying back the loans, start by talking with a financial planning specialist to identify additional financial aid opportunities to offset the schooling costs. Although it's great you . . .

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I am saving for a down payment for a house; should I keep the money in my savings account or move it somewhere different?

Considering you have a 3-year timeline, a standard savings account isn't optimal due to the low interest rates being unlikely to keep up with inflation. A money market savings account or certificate of deposit would be a better to consider. If you are comfortable with taking on more risk . . . .

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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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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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