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12% Returns: The Investment Everyone Needs to Know About

Yes you read the title correctly--For nearly a year I have been investing in an investment that I believe will produce about a 12% long term average annual return for me.  No, this is not a get rich quick scheme or some kind of gimmick but rather a relatively new kind of investment that I [...]

Series 7 Exam Prep: How to Pass the FINRA Series 7 Exam

I frequently get asked by young finance professionals what are the best Series 7 exam prep materials and how to pass the FINRA Series 7 exam on their first try. During my career, I have taken and passed many different financial exams on my first try (CPA, CFP, securities exams, etc).  That is surprising to [...]

Custodial Account Pros and Cons and Common Alternatives

Once you understand the basics of custodial accounts, it's important to know when UTMA and UGMA accounts are appropriate to use as well as be aware of common alternatives.  Understanding the pros and cons of custodial accounts is a great place to start. There are some great advantages to using a custodial account.  Here are [...]

Personal Finance Basics:  Financial Tips, Advice & Help

Very few people have comprehensive personal financial plans that cover all of the personal finance basics.  Fortunately there is no shortage of financial tips, advice, and help available to you in this day and age.  Below are some of your options: There are many financial advisors who for a fee are willing to create a comprehensive personal [...]

P2P Lending: Are Lending Club & Prosper Loans a Scam?

Peer to peer lending and borrowing has occurred since the beginning of time.  However, it wasn’t always done efficiently, and borrowing from complete strangers was difficult.  P2P lending companies such as Lending Club and Prosper now exist to help solve these problems, but many consumers seem to wonder whether Lending Club and Prosper loans are a scam. [...]

Peer to Peer Lending: Prosper & Lending Club Reviews

Peer to peer lending sites, such as Prosper and Lending Club, facilitate the lending of money by investors to other consumers who are looking to borrow money.  Read on for my Prosper & Lending Club reviews. Peer to peer lending can greatly benefit both investors and borrowers.  For investors, it adds additional diversification to their investment portfolio and provides the opportunity to [...]

Real Estate Investing 101: Benefits of Investing in Real Estate

I’m a big fan of investing in real estate.  Although I set money aside in tax advantaged retirement accounts and have other investments, I hope to be able to fully fund my future retirement with income from real estate.  Real estate investing has the potential to create wealth like few other investments can. Real estate [...]

Becoming a Landlord 101: How to Be a Landlord & Make Money

Becoming a landlord can be an intimidating task.  Many people have no idea how to be a landlord but become one out of necessity or in the hopes of making money. There’s a chance you may become a landlord at one time or other during your life, if you haven't already.  Perhaps you need to [...]

What is a Custodial Account: UTMA Account vs UGMA Account

In the U.S., there are two main types of custodial accounts for minors: UGMA accounts and UTMA Accounts.  So what is a custodial account and what is the difference between a UTMA account and a UGMA account? In many jurisdictions, minor children are not able to enter into legal contracts like an adult can.  Therefore, [...]

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