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Wealth Doesn’t Happen Overnight — Here’s How to Get Rich Slowly

by Sophia Bera July 17, 2019

You daydream about quitting your job if you won the lottery. The truth is, for most people, accumulating wealth takes time. Getting rich slowly isn’t what most people talk about, but it’s the real path to wealth. It’s not sexy or exciting — it’s pretty much like watching paint dry. Very few people develop an […]

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How to Help Your Family Financially Without Going Broke

by Sophia Bera May 22, 2019

As Gen Y gets older, we’re reaching financial stability in greater numbers, and that means that the family members who helped us out financially for so long may need our help now. Baby Boomers are getting older, and that can come with increased medical expenses, or even retiring in a less secure position than they […]

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How to Budget for the Hidden Costs of Homeownership

by Sophia Bera April 10, 2019

Lifelong renters are often surprised at the random additional expenses they have to cover when they buy a home for the first time. Because landlords cover a lot of the cost of maintaining their property (or roll that cost into your rent amount), rent is the highest amount you pay for housing per month, while […]

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I’m Scared to Spend Money, But I Make Six Figures

by Sophia Bera February 27, 2019

I’ve spoken to so many successful millennials who earn a comfortable salary and save and invest a healthy amount. Yet they still hoard cash like their luck is about to run out, or are racked with fear whenever faced with a chance to spend on something that isn’t essential to survival. They’re so afraid to […]

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How Do Trust Funds Pay Out?

by Sophia Bera February 21, 2019

Whether you’re the recipient of a trust fund or you’re setting one up for the benefit of someone else, it’s important to understand the basics of how trusts work. Trusts can be complicated, but they’re also helpful estate planning tools that allow people to pass their wealth down, while in many cases bypassing the expensive […]

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The FIRE Movement: A Financial Planner’s Perspective

by Sophia Bera January 23, 2019

More and more, I work with clients who are interested in the FIRE movement (which, if you haven’t heard of it, stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early). Countless blogs, websites, and podcasts are dedicated to FIRE, sharing the stories of how people penny-pinched their way to freedom from The Man. My friend Paula Pant interviewed […]

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