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Smart Financing Ideas

What Are Some Smart Ways to Refinance? Recently, fixed mortgages were near their lowest rates in almost 30 years. And if you are one of the many people who took out mortgages in the few years prior to that, you may be wondering if you should look into refinancing. If your mortgage was taken out […]


Reverse Mortgages

What Is a Reverse Mortgage? Many Americans facing retirement would love to increase their monthly income. Fortunately, there is a way that homeowners can use their homes to help finance their retirement — to turn the value of their property into usable cash without the emotional trauma of having to sell and move. A reverse […]


Biweekly Mortgages

What Advantages Does a Biweekly Mortgage Offer? Most homeowners make their regular mortgage payments every month for the duration of the loan term, and never think of doing otherwise. But prepaying your mortgage or making biweekly payments can reduce the amount of interest you’ll pay over time. Under a biweekly mortgage, instead of making the […]


Managing Cash

How Can I Better Manage My Short-Term Cash? The most important attribute of a cash reserve is its availability in time of sudden need. And even though a federally insured savings account is considered one of the safest places to put money being reserved for emergencies you may want to consider other alternatives when interest […]


Money Market Funds

How Do Money Market Mutual Funds Work? Just like individuals, the government, corporations, and banks often need to borrow money for a short time to make ends meet. Unlike most individuals, however, the scale of this borrowing is phenomenal. The money market is the name given to the arena where most of this short-term borrowing […]


Cash Management Tools

What Cash Management Tools Are Available? There are a number of short-term cash management instruments available to the individual establishing a sound cash management program. These alternatives include money market mutual funds, Treasury bills, and certificates of deposit. Money market mutual funds simply pool investors’ dollars and purchase large denomination money market instruments. Individuals invest […]


Doubling Your Money

How Long Will It Take to Double My Money? Before making any investment decision, one of the key elements you face is working out the real rate of return on your investment. Compound interest is critical to investment growth. Whether your financial portfolio consists solely of a deposit account at your local bank or a […]


Cash Management Basics

What are some tips for managing my money? As with virtually all financial matters, the easiest way to be successful with a cash management program is to develop a systematic and disciplined approach. Spending a few minutes each week to maintain your cash management program, can help you keep track of how you spend your […]


Roth IRAs

What Is a Roth IRA? Roth IRAs are tax-favored financial vehicles that enable investors to save money for retirement. They differ from traditional IRAs in that taxpayers cannot deduct contributions made to a Roth. However, qualified Roth IRA distributions in retirement are free of federal income tax and aren’t included in a taxpayer’s gross income. […]


Save Now or Save Later

Save Now or Save Later? Most people have good intentions about saving for retirement. But few know when they should start and how much they should save. Sometimes it might seem that the today’s expenses make it too difficult to start saving for tomorrow. It’s easy to think that you will begin to save for […]


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