Debt Repayment

car loan

Should I Buy a Car with Cash or Take Out a Loan?

by Sophia Bera August 16, 2017

Suppose you decide to buy a new car and, after considering whether to buy or lease it, you’ve decided to buy. Now comes your next big decision: should you pay cash for a car or finance it? Once again, there’s no one “right” answer. It truly depends on a few factors, like: The kind of […]

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Online financial tools

The Best Financial Tools, Apps, and Calculators I Recommend All the Time

by Sophia Bera June 28, 2017

Managing and automating your finances has never been easier. There are so many online and mobile tools available (most for free!) that setting yourself up for financial success involves little more than 30 minutes of set-up and a few minutes of monitoring a month. You’re more likely to meet your financial goals if those goals […]

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blogs and podcasts

Personal Finance Blogs and Podcasts to Add to Your List

by Sophia Bera June 14, 2017

Summer’s a quiet time for financial planners. Lots of clients worry about money in January after setting New Year’s resolutions, or in April when taxes are due. For now, everyone’s going on vacation! But summer is a great time to learn about personal finance. You’ve got time to fill on long flights, after all! And […]

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Lending money to loved ones

How to Lend Money to Loved Ones Without Wrecking Your Relationships

by Sophia Bera February 22, 2017

Here’s a question that can negatively affect your relationship with a friend, relative, or significant other for years to come: Can I borrow some money? When someone you care about needs financial help, you don’t want to leave them in the lurch. After all, these are the people you’d turn to in a crisis — […]

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2017 Money Moves

17 Quick & Dirty Money Moves You Can Make in 2017

by Sophia Bera January 11, 2017

It’s a new year, and you are pumped to make some changes to your finances. Only you don’t know where to start and you’re afraid to make a mistake. You’ll totally get around to it, though … once you’re done with a bunch of other chores you just remembered you had to do right now. […]

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Raising your credit score

5 Ways to Repair Damaged Credit

by Sophia Bera August 10, 2016

When used responsibly, credit cards and loans can be amazing tools. Using a credit card instead of cash allows you to maintain a detailed record of your spending, and racking up rewards points can save you a lot on large expenses. Loans make it possible to spread out payments on big-ticket items like a house […]

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grad school

How to Pay for Grad School, Law School, or Your MBA

by Sophia Bera April 20, 2016

If you’re considering going back to school to get a master’s degree, law degree, or MBA, you might be looking into student loans to help pay tuition — especially since many graduate programs cost $50,000 a year or more. Yikes! This is a choice to not take lightly. Taking on debt of this magnitude (possibly […]

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Financial planning for an inheritance or settlement

What To Do with an Inheritance or Settlement

by Sophia Bera April 6, 2016

If you receive a large windfall from an inheritance or lump sum settlement, you’re suddenly faced with financial decisions you weren’t expecting. Getting a lot of money at once can be a blessing and a curse. You’re not only dealing with the emotions of receiving this money (maybe from a loved one who passed away, […]

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Student Loans

Student Loan Debt and What to Do About It

by Sophia Bera February 24, 2016

When you work with Millennial clients like I do, you are very well-acquainted with how student debt can affect a person’s everyday life. As countless articles and news reports lament, today’s 20 and 30-somethings are putting off buying homes and cars, getting married, having kids, and saving for retirement. While a bachelor’s degree is generally […]

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Recession-proof your finances

Are You Prepared to Ride Out the Next Recession?

by Sophia Bera January 27, 2016

The stock market experienced quite a few drops in January, causing a frantic debate in the media over whether or not another recession is coming. You might have been in college during the 2008 recession, or recently graduated and struggling to find a job. Or maybe you were a few years into your career and […]

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