How to Start Investing In Stocks with a Small Budget

So you want to start investing in stocks but you don’t have a lot of seed money? Don’t be intimidated. It’s not as expensive as you think to get into the stock market. It’s entirely possible to begin investing in stocks without a fortune in your back pocket. If you're looking to jump in with a few dollars and learn the ropes, what follows is a step-by-step quick-start guide. Read on and check out these ten steps for getting into the stock market with a small budget.

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How To Start Planning For Retirement

Wondering whether now is the right time to start planning for retirement? The answer is yes. It doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you make, or where you are in your career. It’s never too early to start thinking about your future. If you take the right steps now to prepare for retirement, you have a much better chance of leading the life you envision once you close the book on your career. Check out these tips and begin your retirement planning today.

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Ten Tips for Early Retirement

More than ever before, Americans are contemplating the idea of early retirement. But it isn’t easy, and it could take some seriously frugal living and meticulous planning to earn yourself a post-professional lifestyle sooner than later. But it can be done. Read on for a look at the strategies that could help deliver you to that sandy shore, scenic overlook, or late morning wake up while you’re young enough to really enjoy it. 

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Should I Buy a Fixer-upper?

A fixer-upper can be a great investment as long as you know what you’re getting. Here, we discuss the best strategy for finding the right work-in-progress home along with a look at the Pros and Cons of Buying a Fixer-upper.

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Should I Buy or Build a House?

Getting a new home is a pretty big decision, so you obviously want to consider all of your options first. You’ve probably also noticed just how competitive the housing market is these days. If you find your dream house on the market, there’s a pretty good chance that dozens of others also think they’ve found their dream home. So wouldn’t it just be easier to build your own home? Well, if you’re looking for a home that checks off every box on your wishlist, it might be preferable to design, contract out, and build your perfect dream house. But it might not necessarily be the most affordable option and certainly isn’t the easiest way to get a new home.

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How to Buy a House With Bad Credit

Bad credit can seriously derail your dreams of home ownership. Your credit rating will be a key figure used by mortgage lenders as they evaluate your ability to repay a home loan. Your credit rating will play an important role in determining both the total sum of the loan banks are willing to provide you for a new home and the interest rate that you’ll pay each month on top of your original loan. For those with poor credit, buying a home may even feel like an impossibility. But there are actually home loans designed to assist prospective buyers with bad credit. 

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10 Reasons to Invest in Cryptocurrency

What is cryptocurrency? Should cryptocurrency be part of your investment strategy? We cut through a lot of the hype and complexity surrounding cryptocurrency so that you can understand the risks, the benefits, and the opportunities in this emergent system of alternative currency and exchange. In the simplest terms, crypto tokens are virtual currencies that can be used to make transactions without passing through conventional centralized financial entities or institutions like banks, stockbrokers or exchanges. The idea behind this decentralized financial (DeFi) system is to create a form of financial transaction that is at once more secure and transparent than traditional finance and, simultaneously, more private, more accessible, and less beholden to fees or regulations than traditional finance.

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