Savings and Retirement Tips: Pay off your Mortgage Early or Invest?

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When it comes to saving money, especially for your future, it can be hard to decide where to put that money to get the best bang for your buck. If you have loans, like a mortgage, you might consider an early pay-off. What feels better than being debt free, right? But building wealth can be tricky.

When it comes to saving money, interest rates rule the world. You want your money to earn more than it would cost you elsewhere. So, if your rate of return on investing is more than you would save in paying down interest, then investing would earn you more money and be a smarter option. However, if your mortgage interest rate is higher than your rate of return on investing, then you would save more money by paying down aggressively on your mortgage instead.

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College Savings or Retirement – Which Should you Save for First?

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Which should you save for first – your child’s future college tuition or your personal retirement?  As a parent, this is a very emotional question – saving for your children’s continuing education to help them incur less debt and get a good education or financially preparing yourself and securing your future.

Many parents have decided that college savings should come first and are not only forgoing putting money in a retirement account, but they are dipping into their retirement savings to cover the costs of tuition. Yes, saving for college is important, but it is actually a luxury. How much you save for your child’s tuition is not a direct correlation to how likely it is that they will graduate. And don’t worry, your child can find other ways to pay for school: scholarships, grants, financial aid, part time jobs, or even finding a more affordable school.

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Surprising Expenses You Don’t Expect When Planning for Retirement

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When it comes to planning for retirement, the process seems pretty simple: contribute to your IRA or 401(k), put extra savings aside each month, and reduce your spending as much as possible as you get closer to retirement. Once you are ready to retire, you should be able to rely on a combination of your investments, Social Security, your savings and Medicare to cover your needs.

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Telemarketers: How to spot them and how they get your number

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With the invent of email, instant messaging, texting and video chat it’s become the social norm to ASK permission to call someone – especially in business.   So why does it seem like our phones are ringing more and more? Well, odds are it’s a telemarketer and their getting sneakier and sneakier – calling from “local” phone numbers to get you to answer. Telemarketing isn’t necessarily illegal, but it’s certainly annoying.  

Why is it happening and what can you do about it?

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Financial goals to Strive for by the Time You’re 30

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When you are in your 20’s you experience a lot of exciting changes in your life – graduating from college, starting your first job, buying your first car, getting your first apartment, etc. And of course not everyone moves at the same pace or takes the same path in life, but it is important to plan ahead and set some financial goals.

When you set financial goals, especially at a young age, it can set you up for financial freedom later on in life. It might not seem super important right now to plan 20, 30, or 40 years ahead, but doing so can give you more choices in the future.  It is a great feeling knowing you are on track with your money, and now is the perfect time to start working towards financial security.

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What Type of Mortgage is right for you?

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When it comes to buying a home, most people  know there are a few different mortgage options to choose from, but many don’t understand that there are actually quite a few options that vary depending on your situation. Once you’ve taken care of the homework – setting a budget, figuring out a down payment, and reviewing your credit, you’ll have a better idea of what loan works best for your needs.

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Identifying Phishers, Scammers and the “Alleged Debt Collectors”

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Hackers and scammers have honed their craft to the level that even the savviest become victims.  From spoofed email accounts from well-known banks and credit card institutions alerting individuals their account has been compromised to robo-phone dialers with local numbers who appear to know quite a bit about you – the situation with ID theft and social engineering is only going to get worse.

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Foreclosure sales – how do they work?

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When it comes to house hunting, you are bound to come across a foreclosure sale or two. It can be a great way to score a good deal on the home of your dreams, but it’s important to know how the process works.

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Credit Card Churning: What is it and Should You be Doing it

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The term credit card churning is relatively new, but the process has been around for years. So, what is credit card churning? It’s the practice of repeatedly opening and closing a credit card to earn its signup bonus over and over. Churners amass tons of reward points or airline miles from credit cards that they have no intention of continuing to use or even keep open. You’ve probably seen ads or even received offers in your email or mailbox from credit cards that offer valuable points, miles, or cash back to new account holders. Most also require you to charge a certain amount of money to the card within a certain period in order to receive the new card bonus.

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Advice from Millennials on How to Buy a House in Your 20s

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If you’ve been paying attention to the real estate trends, you may have heard the Millennials just aren’t buying homes at the same rate as their previous generations. Aside from the simple fact that it’s just not affordable for most, many site reasons like high student debt and low loan availability. Studies show that only 37% of millennials owned homes in 2015 – that’s 8% lower than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers at the same age.

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