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Rule of 72 Calculator

2021-11-04T14:56:20+00:00November 4th, 2021|

Rule of 72 Calculator HOW IT WORKS The Rule of 72 predicts how long an investment will take to double based on a fixed annual interest rate. The rule is this: 72 divided by the interest rate number equals the number of years for the investment to double in size. For example, if the interest rate is 12%,

Inflation Calculator

2021-11-04T13:27:20+00:00November 4th, 2021|

Inflation Calculator HOW IT WORKS Inflation measures the rate of rising prices in an economy. Contributing factors include an increase in the cost to produce goods or an increase in the demand for goods or services. No matter the reason, inflation is typical and the Fed has an inflation target of approximately 2% (this helps a healthy

Financial Wellness Assessment

2021-04-15T21:45:50+00:00April 15th, 2021|

Coach: Financial Wellness Assessment HOW IT WORKS The Financial Wellness Assessment lets you take a step back, analyze your spending, budgeting, and saving habits so you can reflect on how you’re currently managing personal finances. This assessment addresses your individual financial decisions and goals before giving you recommendations on where you can improve and how to get

Leaving a Job with a 401(K)

2021-11-09T18:55:35+00:00October 30th, 2020|

When you leave a job with a 401(k), you’ll generally have four options for what to do with the money. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so deciding what’s right for you will depend on your situation and preferences. Leave the Money in Your Old Account If you have more than $5,000 in

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Interest

2020-08-07T19:04:25+00:00August 7th, 2020|

Interest plays a role in almost all aspects of personal finance, including savings, investing, credit, and loans. Simply put, interest is the money earned or paid when someone makes or receives a loan. You can be paid interest for keeping money in a bank account, purchasing a bond, or making other investments. You

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Avoiding Inappropriate Investments

2021-11-09T19:20:05+00:00August 6th, 2020|

There's outright fraud and there are inappropriate investments. Follow these tips to stay away from both. It's essential to avoid doing business with dishonest salespeople selling fraudulent investments and those who pressure you for immediate decisions by insisting that an opportunity will evaporate. It's equally important, but it may be harder to decide whether

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Meet Your 401(k)

2020-08-10T18:03:51+00:00July 1st, 2020|

If you’re lucky enough to be introduced to a 401(k), you’ll make a friend for life. Even if you’re just starting your first real job—actually, especially if you’re just starting your first real job—it’s time to start thinking about retiring. That’s not a comment on how motivated or unmotivated you are, or a

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Portfolio Building

2020-08-10T18:12:11+00:00July 1st, 2020|

As logical as it might seem to look for the perfect stock, bond, or mutual fund and make it your investment of choice, that’s not the best approach to meeting your financial goals. No single investment, or type of investments, provides a strong return year in and year out. The saving grace is

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Certificate of Deposit

2020-06-30T18:54:27+00:00April 1st, 2020|

CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT A certificate of deposit (CD) allows you to earn high-interest rates by agreeing to leave money in the bank for a specified amount of time. The length of a CD can vary, but anywhere between six months and five years is common. The minimum deposit is often $500. In

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