Saving for Long Term Goals: How to Make Progress (Even with Boring Goals)

Long term goals seem so daunting don’t they? When you’re starting from zero paying off $30,000 in debt or saving $500,000 for retirement can seem downright impossible. And not only that, but some long term goals, like saving for retirement or your child’s college education, are just boring. (Tell me I’m not the only one […]

Pave Student Loans Review: Student Loan Refinancing

Note: Pave stopped lending in June 2017. If you’re looking to refinance your student loans, look at our guide to the best places to refinance your student loans.   A student loan should be a sound investment in your future, not a necessary burden. Many online lenders see the need for a new type of student […]

Get Creative in Funding Your Real Estate Venture

Many people have all the knowledge and nerve to be investors, but they lack an equally important part: the money. Getting the cash together to get started or to expand in real estate can be very difficult, especially when you’re young. Once you overcome that startup hump, you’re in business, but what a hump it […]

9 Creative Ways For Students To Save On Christmas Gifts

Don’t have a lot of money for Christmas gifts? No problem. The best gifts are always the ones with meaning and thought put behind them. Even if you’re living on a ramen-noodle type of a budget it’s possible to inexpensively spread some holiday cheer. With a little creativity you can make your dollars stretch a […]

College Changes and Stages: Tips for Making the Move Off Campus

There comes a point when a cramped dorm room becomes too much to handle. Maybe it’s the roommate that bugs you or the lack of laundry services. For some, it’s the cost of on-campus housing. In London, the cost of campus housing now exceeds the cost of off campus housing. Students pay as much as […]

How to Make Ends Meet When You Feel Like Giving Up

While personal finance guidelines like paying yourself first, saving for a rainy day, and investing as much as possible are all great advice, they’re simply not practical for everyone. If you are barely making ends meet the last thing you’re going to be doing is saving for retirement or stashing away money for your kid’s college education […]

How To Start Preparing Your Financial Plan For After Graduation

When you are in college, you have your entire life ahead of you. During this time, it can seem like you have plenty of time to plan out your financial future. Many college students are not worried about how they are going to buy a home, or what their retirement plans will look like. However, […]

When Dividends Matter, and When They Don’t

Dividends are the hottest thing on Wall Street, but they’re not always the most important part of finding quality investments. In more conservative times, companies were valued based entirely on their dividend policies. Investors know that you can’t fake a dividend; a company has the cash or it doesn’t. In 2001, fewer than 20% of […]

How to Prevent and Eliminate Student Debt

You’ve got a degree and the debt to back it up, so now what do you do? This is a question that is plaguing many Americans as the student loan debt rate continues to rise and the number of citizens with balances increase each year. While getting an education is a good thing, the hefty […]

Closed-End Funds: The Ins and Outs

Hidden in the small cap corners of the investment universe are hundreds of closed-end funds overlooked by Wall Street. These funds do it all, from private equity-style investments in small companies to leveraged junk bond investments you can’t find anywhere else. Let’s look at the closed-end fund category and explore why investors might choose to […]

5 Board Games That Teach You About Investing

I love board games! I grew up playing Monopoly and other strategy games, and loved it! We’ve talked before how video games can teach personal finance skills to kids. But boards games can also teach kids about the basic concepts of investing, money management, and more. And with a push to stop the TV and […]