4 ETFs You Should Consider Owning Now

4 ETFs You Should Consider Owning Now ::

The appeal of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs, for short) is simple: They trade like stocks, but contain a basket of assets, much like a mutual fund. This provides instant diversification, without the need to research every last stock or bond. For example, an S&P 500 ETF covers all (or most) of the stocks on the...  Read more

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How to Make Smart Wardrobe Purchases That Will Last (infographic)

How to Make Smart Wardrobe Purchases ::

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average American spends over $1400 on buying clothes and related items per year and it’s been estimated that most people only wear 20% of the clothing they own. Want to look great, keep the closet clutter to the minimum, and stop wasting money on unworn items? The key is...  Read more

Consumer IQ

5 Easter Budgeting No-No’s

5 Easter Budgeting No-Nos ::

Whether you’re religious or not, Easter can be an incredibly fun time of year — delicious candy, beautiful eggs, fluffy bunnies, and pastel everything. But if you’re not careful, it can also be an expensive time of year. A lot of things that people love to do to celebrate Easter will come back to bite...  Read more


Real Estate Q&A: Mortgage Rate Buydowns and Parent-to-Child Property Transfers

What are Mortgage Rate Buydowns? ::

Zillow real estate investment writer and long-term investor Leonard Baron, MBA, is answering questions from MintLife readers. If you have a question about investment properties, cash flows, insurance, mortgage financing, homeowners associations, renting versus owning, foreclosures and more, drop Leonard an email. Comparing Mortgage Rate Buydowns Missy of Fairfax, VA asks: I’m refinancing and have some...  Read more

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DIY Easter Treats for Everybunny’s Basket

DIY Easter Treats for Everybunny's Basket ::

Filling up your child’s Easter basket can be an expensive endeavor. Americans will spend $2.2 billion on chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and other East candy this year, according to the National Retail Federation. If you’re in the market for something a little more creative, why not try your hand at a few do-it-yourself Easter treats?...  Read more


How to Start Investing: Part 2

How to Start Investing -- Part 2 ::

Happy Financial Literacy Month! Welcome back to MintLife columnist Matthew Amster-Burton’s three-part series on how to be a great investor. Week 1: Before you invest Week 2: The secret of great investing Week 3: Staying in the game This is it, folks. I’m going to reveal the secret of being a great investor. But I...  Read more

Consumer IQ

The Best Tax Day Meal Deals

The Best Tax Day Meal Deals ::

There’s not much that can make the pain of tax season less taxing, but restaurants sure try. Come April 15 (tomorrow!), once your return is filed and the check in the mail to Uncle Sam, be on the lookout for tax-themed freebies and deals. Be on the lookout for more offers from both national chains...  Read more


What Happens If I’m Denied Credit?

What Happens If My Credit Application is Denied? ::

“John, I applied for a credit card about 3 weeks ago. Today I received a letter from the credit card company telling me that my request for credit has been denied.  The letter also included by credit score, which was a 598. Why did I receive this letter?” What you received was a letter formally...  Read more


5 Easy Investment Strategies That Build Wealth

5 Easy Investment Strategies That Build Wealth ::

It’s exciting when you hear that the stock market is up about 30%, which it was for 2013 overall. It sounds like good news for the economy, for Wall Street—but did you see a 30% return on your money? Probably not. Typically there’s a gap between what the market returns (investment returns) and what actually...  Read more