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70% of Americans Can’t Answer These Three Questions Correctly

Monday, May 12th, 2014

IF this is true, it’s very sad. According to Business Insider, 70% of Americans cannot answer all three of these questions correctly (not sure how they came up with that number, but we’ll go with it). 1. Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2 percent per year. After […]

AFM Reader Question: Roth IRA for Emergency Fund?

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I received the following email the other day: I read a blog post a few weeks ago at Mint.com about using your Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund. Here’s the blog post: Does Using a Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund a Good Idea? I’ve been following your blog for several years now (you even […]

PLEASE Make Your High School Kids Watch This Financial Planning Video Series!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

I just found this on YouTube this morning and have been working my way through the videos. This is very well done except that it’s hard to hear the questions from the audience. Regardless, if you want to give your kids something that will have a positive impact on their lives, have them watch this […]

The Basics: Setting and Reaching Financial Goals

Friday, August 6th, 2010

One of the most important areas of personal finance is setting and reaching financial goals. Why are financial goals important? Without them, it’s likely you won’t save and invest your money wisely. Having goals tends to help us focus on what’s important. Without them, we tend to allow life to just happen to us. What […]

Should I Liquidate My 401(k) In Order to Pay Off My Credit Cards?

Monday, March 8th, 2010

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day. He asked me whether or not he should liquidate his 401(k) in order to pay off his credit cards. Here are some of the details: • credit card debt around $15,000. Interest rates of 19% and higher. • 401(k) balance of $16,000 from a […]

Reader Question on How to Determine How Your Investments Are Doing

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The following comment was left on this post from last week: Have a question: What reasonable standards should investors use to measure how well or poorly that they are doing? I’m sure that an answer would include “it depends” but if so, depends on what? We are about 10% under our 12.31.07 balances and we […]

This is One Crappy Car Loan! Lessons on How NOT to Buy a Car!

Friday, April 10th, 2009

I received this email earlier today: Hi! I’ve been subscribing to AFM for quite some time now and I really appreciate almost all of your blog posts. My room mate just bought a car yesterday and because he has little to no credit (and may have been an easy target) got a 24.99% 6 year […]

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