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

How To

5 Steps to Getting the Financial Education You Need

5 Steps to Getting the Financial Educaiton You Need ::

When I started my financial planning career seven years ago, I quickly learned that the people who were financially successful were the ones who dedicated the time and energy to regularly budgeting, managing, and planning out their finances. In other words, they had the discipline get a financial education, and continue to expand that education...  Read more


Great Expectations: Recent Graduates’ Dreams Vs. Realities

Graduates' Expectations Vs. Reality ::

We’ve all heard stories of starry-eyed college grads stepping out into the real world only to have their dreams crushed by an unforgiving labor market. But are young professionals really that idealistic, or do they have a better understanding of their prospects than we think? The following inforgraphic takes a look into pay gaps, salary...  Read more


What is the Average American Credit Card Balance?

What is the Average American Credit Card Balance? ::

As much as we may hate it with every atom in our bodies, credit card debt is a reality virtually every one of us must deal with. Obviously, everybody’s goal is to eradicate or at least minimize the debt, but that’s oftentimes far easier said than done, especially if your income is low enough that...  Read more


Real Estate Q&A: Avoiding Rental Scams and How to Build a Career in Real Estate

How to Avoid Rental Scams ::

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. Avoiding Rental Scams Marge of Columbus, OH asks: I keep hearing about rental-property scams,...  Read more


How to Start Investing: Part 1

How to Start Investing - Part 1 ::

It’s Financial Literacy Month again! How did you celebrate last year? I bet your financial literacy party wasn’t as much of a rager as mine, which consisted of a comfy couch, a local craft beer, and a big pile of personal finance books. This year, I’m bringing the party to you. I’m going to teach...  Read more