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Research and articles related to personal finance

Financial Advice


Articles and research about personal finance

Research and articles related to personal finance

Financial Advice


Articles and research about personal finance

Alternatives to Payday Loans

Payday loans are nothing short of predatory. Learn how they work, why you should avoid them, and how to consider a number of alternatives so you don't become a victim of the neverending cycle of fees and debt. [MORE]

Important questions about money management and budgeting

Good money management is all about building a good budget, habitually sticking to it, but also rewarding yourself on occasion. In this article, we explore the challenges and rewards of good money management practices. [MORE]

Debunking myths about Share Certificates and CDs

With so many different ways to earn money on your savings, CDs and Share Certificates can be confusing. In this article, we clear up some commonly-held myths about CDs and Share Certificates. [MORE]

Here are some creative ways to give money to loved ones

Giving money for birthdays, graduations, and other big life events has always been a nice way to show you care. Instead of giving gift cards or envelopes of cash, consider some other creative (and possibly tax advantageous) ways of gifting money. [MORE]

CD Laddering helps you maximize dividends without sacrficing liquidity

CD Laddering refers to diversifying your savings across CDs (or Share Certificates) with staggering maturity dates so that at every interval, you can access your funds or choose to reinvest. Learn more about this strategy here. [MORE]

Having multiple banking relationships is a smart way to diversify your financial wellbeing

Maintaining multiple banking relationships actually has some benefits, especially when you're shopping for loans and decent deposit rates. In this article, we explore the benefits of diversifying your banking relationships. [MORE]

How to Calculate Home Equity

Published December 8, 2015 | Updated December 10, 2015

How to calculate your available home equity

Contemplating a Home Equity Loan or other financing options? Here is a guide to help you calculate your available home equity so you can crunch numbers before you apply. [MORE]

You can do anything with a Home Equity Loan; here are some ideas

Home Equity Loans are a great way to finance big projects, pay for unexpected expenses, and even make life event transitions easier. While the possibilities are limitless, here are some common uses for Home Equity Loans. [MORE]

You can do anything with a Home Equity Loan; here are some ideas

Amplify spoke with financial expert Richard Barrington to find out what it takes to get on the path to future financial stability as well as how money market accounts can help you get there. [MORE]

How financial planning can help you build future financial stability

Janet Al-Saad, Senior Editor for Wise Bread, sat down with Amplify to share her insights and opinions about why financial planning is so important to begin at an early age. [MORE]

Money Saving Tips

Published March 27, 2015 | Updated April 14, 2015

Tips and tricks for saving money on your monthly bills

Lowering your cost of living starts with managing how much you're paying for things like insurance, cell phone plans, and bank fees. Here are some easy tips for saving money on bills, expenses, and avoiding fees. [MORE]

Budgeting & Money Management Tips

Published April 3, 2015 | Updated April 10, 2015

How to create an easy budget and manage your money for financial success

Building a budget doesn't have to be difficult or cumbersome. Check out our budgeting and money management tips and tools that will have you managing and saving your money like a pro in no time. [MORE]

How to Save Money

Published March 23, 2015 | Updated March 30, 2015

Tips and tricks for saving money each month and growing your savings

Even if you live paycheck-to-paycheck, putting money aside into savings each month is an important part of reaching financial stability. Here are some simple ways you can start saving money automatically. [MORE]

How to Diversify Your Savings Plan

Published January 27, 2015 | Updated February 24, 2015

Basics of savings plan diversification. Diversify your savings plan with these tips.

Learn how to diversify your savings plan between liquid accounts and high-interest accounts. Higher earning account types may limit your access to your funds, so it's important to keep enough money in liquid accounts. [MORE]

Inheritability of Vehicles in Texas

Published September 12, 2014 | Updated October 1, 2014

Learn how the State of Texas treats vehicle inheritability

In Texas, transferring ownership of a vehicle after a loved one passes away depends largely on whether or not the vehicle is owned free and clear. Learn more about how vehicle inheritability works in Texas. [MORE]

What is a Homestead Exemption?

Published February 25, 2014 | Updated May 18, 2014

Definition and basics of homestead exemptions in the State of Texas

Are you taking full advantage of all the benefits a homestead exemption has to offer? Find out how homestead exemptions work in the state of Texas, why they matter, and how to apply for one. [MORE]

Are Your Credit Card Balances Under Control?

Published January 13, 2014 | Updated January 15, 2014

Article about keeping your credit card balances under control and manageable

While it may be tempting to use your credit card to get the rewards, allowing your balance to carry over month to month can quickly lead to balances getting out of control. This rule of thumb can help you avoid the slippery slope. [MORE]

How to Save Money During the Holidays

Published November 25, 2013 | Updated December 1, 2013

Save money this holiday season with these tips and tricks

The Holiday Season can wreak havoc on our wallets and bank accounts, especially if we wait until the last minute to buy gifts. Here are some easy tips to keep your finances in balance during the Holiday Season. [MORE]

Do's and Don'ts of Using a Credit Card

Published August 29, 2013 | Updated November 1, 2013

Credit card dos and don'ts to help you stay on top of your finances

Credit cards offer lots of benefits, but if not properly used and maintain, they can become a burden on your finances and credit score. Learning these basic do's and don'ts will help you understand how to use credit cards wisely. [MORE]

Pitfalls of Using a Debit Card to Rent a Car

Published September 18, 2013 | Updated September 30, 2013

Information about using a debit card to rent a car

Don't have a credit card? Next time you rent a car or hotel room, you may benefit from having a credit card on hand. Here are some factors to keep in mind should you rent a car or hotel room with your debit card. [MORE]

How to Use Assets as Collateral for Loans

Published July 17, 2013 | Updated July 22, 2013

Basic differences between unsecured and secured loans

Need a loan with a low interest rate? Consider putting up collateral for the loan. This article covers the basics of using your assets, such as a car, home, or other piece of equipment, as collateral for a loan. [MORE]

5 Things Every Credit Card Holder Should Know

Published October 12, 2011 | Updated July 2, 2012

Every credit card user should know these five things about credit cards

There are many advantages to using a credit card, but they can also carry some financial risk. Learn how to use credit cards wisely, protect yourself from rising interest rates, and boost your credit card IQ with these simple tips. [MORE]

5 Habits of the Financially Fit

Published July 3, 2011 | Updated June 6, 2012

Stay on top of your money and finances with these tips from the financially fit

Financial fitness starts with a commitment to minding your budget, setting financial goals, and setting yourself up for future financial success. Check out these 5 tips that will help get you on the road to financial fitness. [MORE]

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