Finding the Right Financial Advisor

Finding a good financial adviser is a little like deciding on a marriage partner. It involves evaluating a variety of elements — experience, standards, goals and philosophy — and determining how well your particular styles mesh. Here are a few tips and questions you should ask before you say, "I do," with a financial adviser. Continue reading

Buying Rental Property: How to Make a Good Investment

Don't wear your homeowner hat when you go out to buy rental property, because the elements to consider are very different. You may love houses with big backyards and picket fences, but the most important factor when buying a rental property is financial. Whether it's determining your return on investment (ROI) or per-unit cash flow, it's important to do the math first rather than buying based on... Continue reading
How to Increase Your Home Value

How to Increase Your Home Value

A home is often a person's biggest investment. When you're thinking of selling, it makes sense to select improvement projects carefully. Choose ones that will boost your home's value rather than spending money on expensive remodeling that may not attract buyers. Experts agree that some fixing-up is in order before you put your house on the market, but you may be surprised at how little money is... Continue reading

How Do I Invest Wedding Money?

A wedding can provide newlyweds with a sizable nest egg, when guests give cash as gifts. Before blowing it all on a luxury honeymoon, consider setting aside a portion of the money for your future. The younger you are, the more powerful a small investment will be. Even at a modest 2.5 percent yearly return, every dollar you set aside today will have doubled in 30 years. Continue reading

How to Trick Yourself into Saving Money

If you find it difficult to save money, you're certainly not alone. Only 48 percent of Americans have more than $1,000 in their savings accounts, and one in five Americans don't even have a savings account. Here are a few ways to trick yourself into the healthy habit of saving. Continue reading

How to Protect Your Business from Cyberfraud

With so many large data hacks dominating recent headlines; it would be easy to assume that only large corporations are the targets of cybercrime. But even small business owners can fall victim. In order to protect your business and your employees' sensitive data, it's best to be proactive when it comes to preventing fraud. Developing a plan to protect data isn't difficult, but effective security... Continue reading

Ways to Minimize Student Loan Debt

Student loans are a normal part of the college experience these days, but it's still a good idea to keep your post- graduation debt as small as possible. Having a good game plan and making a serious budget helps you to avoid leaving college with bloated debt. Continue reading

A Financial Checklist When Traveling Abroad

Gone are the days when you needed traveler's checks to shop or conduct business abroad. But that doesn't mean you should run to the international airport with only a wing and a prayer. It pays to take the time to get ready and get set at least a week before you go. Continue reading

How to Turn Your Internship Into a Job Offer

Sometimes internships teach you exactly what you don't want to do in life, but the right internship can ignite a passion and potentially evolve into a full-time position. If you think you've found the right fit, take the necessary steps to turn a beloved internship into a dream job. Continue reading

Top Tips for Career Changes for 40-Somethings

"Hold on to what you've got." As employment advice, this is as much a relic of years past as dial telephones. It used to be that you decided on a career as a young adult, and then stuck to it valiantly no matter what. These days, young people change jobs several times in the first decade of their working lives. And mid-life workers, longing for meaningful work, often make the leap to a new career... Continue reading