Young Professionals

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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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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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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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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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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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