All Credit Freezes Now Free For Everyone

Snow Covered MountaintopRemember last year when the Equifax data breach exposed the personal information of almost 148 million Americans? Thanks to that hack, Congress passed a new federal law in May to help prevent identity theft. Starting today September 21, 2018, that new legislation goes into effect and you’ll now be able to freeze your credit report for free at all three of the major credit reporting agencies.

Read about the new changes and how you can freeze your credit today.

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What’s The Difference Between Frugal and Cheap?

Don't Be A Cheap-AssIt has been said there is a fine line between being frugal and being cheap. Frugalness is perceived as an admirable quality. Cheapness is not. Tell your friends you saved a bunch of money on car insurance by switching to Geico and they’ll all be patting you on your back. Tell your friends you are saving a bunch of money on car insurance because you decided to cancel your policy and everyone will consider you a cheap-ass. Don’t be a cheap-ass.

What is the difference between frugal and cheap and how do you toe the thin line between the two without crossing over to the cheap side?

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Letting Your Parents Manage Your Money Is A Dumb Idea

Parents and Money ManagementFirst of all, if your father is Warren Buffett then you can disregard everything I say in this blog post. For the rest of us, giving your parents all your money to invest for you is a bad idea. It’s not bad because I’m saying your parents are going to steal your money or go invest it all on pumpkins. Our parents have our best interests at heart, but they are actually making it worst for their children.

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What Is An ETF and Are ETFs A Good Investment?

What Are ETFsAn exchange-trade fund or ETF is a basket of securities that tracks a particular index, bonds, commodity, or asset class. First created in 1993, ETFs have grown to over 2,100 funds available today just in the U.S., and over 6,000 funds worldwide containing over $4.5 trillion in assets.

ETFs have become very popular since they’ve become available. They are attractive to many investors because of their low costs, diversification, tax efficiency, and ability to be traded just like stocks. Read more to see if ETFs are a suitable investment for you.

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Money Market Accounts vs Savings Accounts: Which Is A Better Choice?

Money Market AccountsThe Federal Reserve has been increasing interest rates as the economy has been getting stronger. Yet the rates on your savings account at the local brick and mortar bank is still holding steady at a fraction of a percentage. You go online and see online savings and money market accounts offering rates over 150 times higher.

You start thinking about all the extra money you could be earning from your hard-earned cash, but should you go with a savings account or a money market account? Which is better? What’s the difference between the two accounts?

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A Million Dollar Bet On How Index Funds Are Better Than Hedge Funds

Million Dollar Bet Against Hedge FundsFor most people, professionally managed investing means buying mutual funds. For the wealthy, this may mean getting access to hedge funds, the exclusive investment vehicle available only to qualified investors. For outsiders looking in, hedge funds are how the rich get richer.

In 2005, what is possibly the greatest investor of all time, Warren Buffett offered to make a $1,000,000 bet with anyone that over ten years, a boring; low cost; passively managed S&P 500 index fund will outperform any collection of hedge funds. This is what happened.

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FICO Credit Score Revealed: 5 Factors That Affect Your Score

FICO Credit Score Factors AnalyzedWhen you are getting a loan, a new credit card, or even a quote for car insurance, a little three-digit number determines whether you are approved and what rates you will pay. This number is your credit score and it is calculated from everything that is in your credit report to determine your credit worthiness. Lenders use your credit score to quickly decide the chances that you will repay your loan obligations if they do business with you.

As you can imagine, your credit score is very important in your financial life. It is not often that someone can pay for an entire house in cash, so for most people earning and maintaining a high credit score is key.

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Amazon Prime Prices Are Going Up and What You Can Do

Cats Love Amazon Prime TooLast Friday Amazon made headlines after announcing they will be increasing the price of monthly Prime memberships by 18%. They will be bumping the subscription fee up from $10.99 to $12.99 a month. This comes out to $156 a year or a $24 increase.

This new pricing will take affect immediately for new subscribers. Current Amazon Prime members who are on the monthly payment option will renew at the new price starting February 19.

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