financial planner

Should I Hire a Financial Planner?

by Sophia Bera December 13, 2017

With the new year around the corner, many of you are setting financial goals for 2018. You’re paying off the last of your student loans, switching jobs, starting that Roth IRA, or getting ready to buy a home. You might also be in the middle of some major life changes — getting engaged or married, […]

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Money mistakes in your 40s

9 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 40s

by Sophia Bera November 29, 2017

Your 20s were all about setting up your financial foundation and establishing good habits. Your 30s were about life changes like getting married, having kids, and building your career. In your 40s, everything is amplified even more. You’ve got growing kids and aging parents — and what you don’t have is a ton of spare […]

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Money mistakes in your 30s

8 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 30s

by Sophia Bera November 22, 2017

“It’s complicated” is a great way to describe life in your 30s. You’ve been working for a while, so you might finally feel more financially stable than ever before. But on the other hand, you often have competing financial priorities. Career growth, serious relationships, family, and major life purchases tend to make this a very […]

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Money mistakes in your 20s

8 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s

by Sophia Bera November 15, 2017

Ah, to be in your 20s. Brunches are frequent, hangovers are less debilitating, and all the big, serious life stuff seems so far away. So top off your bottomless mimosa, my friend, because you’ve got absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to your finances … or do you? Well, I’ve got good news […]

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Career Path

How to Create Your Own Career Path

by Sophia Bera October 26, 2017

Before going to college, you dedicated a lot of time to think about what you should major in. You likely picked schools to apply to based partially on specific programs they offered. And now, many years after graduating, you’re feeling a bit stuck and ready to make some kind of career move. How do you […]

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Earning more

How to Earn More and Grow Your Net Worth

by Sophia Bera October 18, 2017

When you’re young and just starting your career, you’ve likely never earned five figures before, so that $30,000 offer for a job in New York City can feel like a king’s ransom! Besides, you barely have relevant work experience yet, so it’s not like you deserve more money. Right? Wrong! As you gain experience and […]

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Career planning

The Role of Career Planning in Financial Planning

by Sophia Bera October 11, 2017

When I work with financial planning clients, I tend to ask a lot of questions that don’t seem to be directly related to money at all. Where do you want to live? Do you have any upcoming travel plans? Do you like your job? Here’s the thing: most decisions you make in your life are […]

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Retirement savings for the self-employed

Retirement Planning if You’re Self-Employed or a Small Business Owner

by Sophia Bera September 27, 2017

Many people refer to retirement savings plans as “401(k)s” even if they’re not, because so many financial advice articles out there focus heavily on 401(k)s. The reality is that there are a variety of ways to save for retirement, and the options you choose can depend on what kind of company you work for, or […]

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Benefits for the self-employed

How to Create Your Own Benefits Package When You’re Self-Employed

by Sophia Bera September 20, 2017

When you’re a full-time employee for a company, you might take for granted all the benefits you get in addition to your actual salary. It turns out that of your total compensation package, 30% goes toward benefits like health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, 401(k) matches, paid vacation and sick leave, and more. But nearly […]

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Equifax breach

How Do I Protect Myself After the Equifax Breach?

by Sophia Bera September 13, 2017

After news of the Equifax security breach broke, many of my clients have asked me what they should do to protect their personal information. I wanted to share my recommendations with all of you. What Happened? Equifax is one of three major credit bureaus, which means they compile and use a lot of consumer data […]

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