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get rich slowly

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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Roth IRA

What Happens to My Roth IRA When My Income Increases?

by Sophia Bera March 20, 2019

I frequently recommend Roth IRAs to my clients as part of their retirement savings strategy. Because you contribute after-tax income, millennials who are still establishing their careers (and therefore are in a lower tax bracket) can lock in a lower tax rate on contributions now, and then pay no taxes when withdrawing money in retirement […]

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FIRE movement

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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dealing with money

Ways People Put Off Actually Dealing With Their Money

by Sophia Bera December 20, 2018

I regularly assign my clients money-related homework assignments, and I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s hard to deal with your money. I struggle, too! (That’s why I hire a financial planner myself.) I also try to help my clients knock out a few tasks during their meetings so they feel accomplished after […]

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restricted stock units

The Gen Y Planning Guide to Company Stock: What Are Restricted Stock Units (RSUs)?

by Sophia Bera October 10, 2018

This is the fourth post in a series on employer stock programs. Check out the previous posts on Incentive Stock Options, Non-Qualified Stock Options, and Employee Stock Purchase Plans. Like other forms of company stock, Restricted Stock Units, or RSUs, are granted to employees to attract, reward, and retain them. This can be when you’re […]

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Employee Stock Purchase Plans

The Gen Y Planning Guide to Company Stock: What Are ESPPs?

by Sophia Bera September 26, 2018

This is the third post in a series on employer stock programs. Check out the previous posts on Incentive Stock Options and Non-Qualified Stock Options. Employee Stock Purchase Plans (ESPPs) can be a great way to take advantage of buying shares in your company stock at a discounted price, typically 10-15% off. Plus, your company […]

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