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  • 10 Things to Know About Working in Houston

    Houston boasts a diverse population and a lower cost of living than many other large U.S. cities. People are flocking to the Texas city. The U.S. Census Bureau found that Greater Houston experienced faster population growth than any other metro area in … Continue reading → The post 10 Things to Know About Working in Houston appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Average Salary by Age

    How much money is enough? Some people answer this question by comparing themselves to others in their age group. No one likes to feel like they’re at the back of the pack. To help you get a sense of where … Continue reading → The post The Average Salary by Age appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • How Early Can You Retire in the 15 Largest Cities?

    Does retirement sometimes seem like a pipe dream? It’s true that incomes and jobs aren’t what they once were. Plus, planning for something 20, 30 or 40 years in the future can be difficult. But with careful planning and financial … Continue reading → The post How Early Can You Retire in the 15 Largest Cities? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What Are High-Risk Pools?

    There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the individual health insurance marketplace. One of the plans for replacing the Affordable Care Act is establishing high-risk pools for health insurance. Need a refresher on what high-risk pools are and … Continue reading → The post What Are High-Risk Pools? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • All About Payroll Cards

    Most Americans receive their earnings via direct deposit or check. Some, though, get paid via payroll cards. These cards function like pre-loaded debit cards and can be used at an ATM to take out cash. However, the fees on payroll cards make … Continue reading → The post All About Payroll Cards appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Salary Needed to Afford Home Payments in the 15 Largest Cities

    You finally have enough savings for a down payment and you’re ready to buy a house. How much will monthly house payments cost? Like with any big financial commitment, it’s important to know how much you’ll need to budget per month. It can … Continue reading → The post Salary Needed to Afford Home Payments in the 15 Largest Cities appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Raising a Family in Los Angeles

    We all know that raising a family in this country isn’t cheap. According to the USDA, the average cost to raise a child is $233,610. That includes food, shelter and other necessities. It doesn’t include the cost of college or … Continue reading → The post Raising a Family in Los Angeles appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Are Pre-Approved Credit Card Offers Guaranteed?

    If you’re like most adults, you probably receive mail from credit card companies regularly. In some cases, you might receive a notice about your latest credit card statement. In others, you may get a letter saying you’ve been pre-approved for … Continue reading → The post Are Pre-Approved Credit Card Offers Guaranteed? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best Places for Pay in STEM Jobs – 2017 Edition

    Employment growth among jobs in the STEM field varies widely. According to the Department for Professional Employees, the number of job opportunities for aerospace engineers increased by 53% between 2005 and 2015. Within the same period, the number of jobs … Continue reading → The post The Best Places for Pay in STEM Jobs – 2017 Edition appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • How Long Does It Take to Open a Bank Account?

    Many of us have a lot on our plates. Besides our demanding jobs, there may be dishes to wash, children to feed and errands to run. If we have to do something outside of our normal routine, we often wonder … Continue reading → The post How Long Does It Take to Open a Bank Account? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

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  • 10 Things to Know About Working in Chicago

    Chicago is the third-largest city in the U.S., with a diverse population and a diverse economy to match. Financial services, engineering and publishing are some of the biggest industries in the Windy City but manufacturing and food processing are key … Continue reading → The post 10 Things to Know About Working in Chicago appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What Is a Pre-Existing Condition?

    If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, we could return to a world in which health insurance companies can deny applicants coverage or charge higher premiums if applicants have pre-existing conditions. Need a refresher on what constitutes a pre-existing … Continue reading → The post What Is a Pre-Existing Condition? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Cities Where the Retiree Homeownership Rate Is Rising the Fastest

    Homeownership rates still have not fully recovered from the 2007 housing crisis, data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows. For some age groups, foregoing homeownership is not a hard decision. It can offer more labor market flexibility and the chance … Continue reading → The post Cities Where the Retiree Homeownership Rate Is Rising the Fastest appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • How Long Does It Take to Buy a House?

    We’ve all grown accustomed to instant gratification. We can get instant coffee and instant access to our favorite movies and TV shows. So when we actually have to wait for something, being patient can be challenging. This issue often arises … Continue reading → The post How Long Does It Take to Buy a House? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Average Salary of a Flight Attendant

    The average salary of a flight attendant is $44,860 per year.  The job of a flight attendant has a certain glamour to it. Flight attendants get to travel extensively and meet people from all walks of life. But the job has … Continue reading → The post The Average Salary of a Flight Attendant appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • America’s Best Hockey Towns of 2017

    Television ratings reveal that hockey is far from being America’s favorite pastime. In fact, the numbers seem to suggest that the sport’s popularity is declining, especially in terms of viewership. Only 3.9 million viewers tuned in for the six-game Stanley … Continue reading → The post America’s Best Hockey Towns of 2017 appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best Time to Buy Furniture

    Whether you just bought a house or you’re trying to renovate an old one, furniture shopping can be intense. And depending on what you’re looking for, it can also be expensive. If you’re on a budget, your best bet is … Continue reading → The post The Best Time to Buy Furniture appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What the Fed Rate Hike Could Mean for Retirees

    The Fed’s decision to raise rates at the end of 2016 sparked much speculation about what that would mean for everyday Americans. While the rate hike will benefit savers by boosting their interest rates, it’ll hurt borrowers by making it … Continue reading → The post What the Fed Rate Hike Could Mean for Retirees appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Hours of Work Needed to Pay Rent in the 15 Largest Cities

    Ever feel like you’re one step away from looking under sofa cushions to cobble together your next rent payment? You’re probably not alone. In past studies we’ve highlighted cities where rent payments are gobbling up the majority of residents’ incomes. Below, we … Continue reading → The post Hours of Work Needed to Pay Rent in the 15 Largest Cities appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • How to Create a Plan for Withdrawing Your Retirement Assets

    While preparing for retirement is a good idea, having a plan in place for how to withdraw your savings is equally important. Without considering how you’ll use the funds in your accounts, you could run out of money or lose … Continue reading → The post How to Create a Plan for Withdrawing Your Retirement Assets appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

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  • What to Know About Taxes on Life Insurance

    If you currently have a life insurance policy or you’re the beneficiary of someone else’s life insurance policy, you may be wondering what the tax implications of that policy will be. You may have heard that the proceeds of a … Continue reading → The post What to Know About Taxes on Life Insurance appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Can You Buy a Money Order With a Credit Card?

    If your landlord won’t accept your personal check or you’re sending cash to a family member, you may need a money order. Like checks, money orders can be used to pay for just about anything. They’re essentially a type of … Continue reading → The post Can You Buy a Money Order With a Credit Card? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • How to Get Rid of Mortgage Insurance

    Putting 20% down on a house may not be feasible for everyone. That’s why many homebuyers get stuck paying private mortgage insurance (PMI). Having to pay mortgage insurance can make owning a home more expensive. But you may not be responsible for … Continue reading → The post How to Get Rid of Mortgage Insurance appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best Cities to Be a Homeowner

    Home is where the heart is, so the saying goes. For homeowners, their home is also where they probably invested a large chunk of their money. In some places homeownership has proved to be a worthwhile investment, as the home … Continue reading → The post The Best Cities to Be a Homeowner appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What to Know About FHA Insurance Rates

    Just before the end of the Obama administration, outgoing Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julian Castro announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), would be lowering mortgage premium insurance rates on FHA loans. On his first day in office, … Continue reading → The post What to Know About FHA Insurance Rates appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Average Salary of a Police Officer

    The average salary of a police officer is $58,320.  You may think of police officers as having blue-collar jobs. However, the average salary of a police officer is higher than you might expect. Being a police officer comes with risks, but … Continue reading → The post The Average Salary of a Police Officer appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best Cities for Singles (Who Like Being Single) in 2017

    The marriage rate has declined over the past several decades and the median age of first marriages for women and men has climbed steadily in the past 50 years. While many people are postponing marriage or avoiding it altogether, walking … Continue reading → The post The Best Cities for Singles (Who Like Being Single) in 2017 appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • 5 Credit Card Perks You Might Not Know You Have

    Think a credit card is only good for building up your credit score and helping you borrow money when times are tight? Think again. Credit cards these days come with more rewards and perks than many people realize, and we’re … Continue reading → The post 5 Credit Card Perks You Might Not Know You Have appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Can You Sell Your Home Before Paying off Your Mortgage?

    Do homeowners sell their houses before paying off their mortgages? Turns out, it happens more often than you may think. After all, most mortgage loan terms last for 30 years and few homeowners stay in their houses for that long. … Continue reading → The post Can You Sell Your Home Before Paying off Your Mortgage? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best Cities for a Relaxing Retirement

    You’ve worked hard for 40-odd years and now you are ready to ready to enjoy a long relaxing retirement. But where should you live? You probably want to be somewhere affordable to get the most out of your retirement savings, … Continue reading → The post The Best Cities for a Relaxing Retirement appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

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  • Tax Breaks for Household Expenses

    Owning a home can be expensive. Paying for property taxes, repairs and homeowners insurance can significantly reduce what you can spend on luxury items and discretionary goods and services. Fortunately, homeowners may be able to recoup some of the money they’ve … Continue reading → The post Tax Breaks for Household Expenses appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What Are the Credit Score Ranges?

    You probably know that having a good credit score is key to getting low mortgage rates and credit card interest rates. But what exactly constitutes a good score? That’s where the credit score ranges come in. Credit score ranges let … Continue reading → The post What Are the Credit Score Ranges? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best Cities to Raise a Family

    Raising a family can be tough. First of all, it’s expensive. The USDA estimates that raising a child born in 2015 would cost a family $233,000 over 18 years. It’s common nowadays for both parents to work outside of the home, … Continue reading → The post The Best Cities to Raise a Family appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Tax Deductions: Is College Tuition Tax Deductible?

    Going to college seems to get more expensive every year. Tuition, fees, room and board for an in-state student attending a four-year public institution cost $20,092 for the 2016-2017 school year (on average). A decade ago, an in-state student would’ve … Continue reading → The post Tax Deductions: Is College Tuition Tax Deductible? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Average Salary of an Architect

    The average salary of an architect is $76,100 per year. Have you ever wondered how much an architect earns? Becoming an architect requires an investment of money and time, but pays off in the form of a rewarding career that comes … Continue reading → The post The Average Salary of an Architect appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best Cities for an Affordable Wedding in 2017

    Wedding costs are climbing. Between 2014 and 2015, the average cost of a wedding rose by 4.6%, according to The Knot Real Weddings Study. Nuptials now cost $32,641, on average, and one in eight couples spend more than $40,000 when … Continue reading → The post The Best Cities for an Affordable Wedding in 2017 appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Who Can You Claim as a Dependent?

    The IRS knows that some taxpayers provide their kids and relatives with financial support. That’s why the government offers folks with dependents the opportunity to reduce their tax burden. Being able to claim someone as a dependent may significantly lower … Continue reading → The post Who Can You Claim as a Dependent? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Top 5 Tips for Keeping Senior Care Costs Low

    Caring for an aging parent or friend can be expensive. But when you know that someone needs assistance, it’s hard to avoid offering to help. While there’s nothing wrong with providing a relative or confidant with financial support, you don’t … Continue reading → The post Top 5 Tips for Keeping Senior Care Costs Low appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Years of Work Needed to Afford a Down Payment in 15 Big Cities

    Buying a home takes a lot of planning. Neighborhoods need to be researched, open houses attended and, if you have children, schools need to be investigated. But first and foremost, before you can even take the first step in buying … Continue reading → The post Years of Work Needed to Afford a Down Payment in 15 Big Cities appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Are Credit Card Rewards Taxable?

    Credit card companies will do almost anything to get you to sign up for their cards. Some offer travel miles and others use sign-up bonuses to entice customers. No doubt those incentives sound great and they may have tricked you into … Continue reading → The post Are Credit Card Rewards Taxable? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

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  • How Businesses Can Prepare for Hurricane Season

    Hurricane season begins May 15 in the East Pacific Ocean and June 1 in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Central Pacific Oceans. But the season typically reaches its peak between mid-August and late October. If you live along the … Continue reading → The post How Businesses Can Prepare for Hurricane Season appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What Is Donald Trump’s Net Worth?

    He’s boastful, he talks a lot and controversy might as well be his middle name. Donald Trump might just be the most unpredictable presidential candidate the nation has seen. It’s hard to keep track of where he stands financially and, in … Continue reading → The post What Is Donald Trump’s Net Worth? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Biggest Changes in American Consumption

    In 2005 the American consumer landscape looked pretty different than it does today. Some once-ubiquitous items like Motorola Razr cellphones and Livestrong bracelets have all but disappeared. Changes in taste over time are expected as trends go in and out … Continue reading → The post The Biggest Changes in American Consumption appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • All About Taxes on Lawsuit Settlements

    Representation in civil lawsuits doesn’t come cheap. In the best-case scenario you’ll be awarded money at the end of either a trial or a settlement process. But before you blow your settlement, keep in mind that it may be taxable … Continue reading → The post All About Taxes on Lawsuit Settlements appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • 5 Mistakes Homebuyers Can’t Afford to Make

    Choosing to buy a home is a major decision that you probably shouldn’t make impulsively. Sealing the deal on a home sale before you’re ready – or buying a house that you aren’t completely satisfied with – could turn your … Continue reading → The post 5 Mistakes Homebuyers Can’t Afford to Make appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best Minor League Baseball Towns of 2016

    Don’t sleep on minor league baseball. Even some of the worst teams in the league manage to attract thousands of fans each season. Besides being able to find super-cheap tickets, the folks who attend minor league games get to root … Continue reading → The post The Best Minor League Baseball Towns of 2016 appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • 6 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Fall

    Spring is traditionally the hottest time of year to buy a home. But there’s a lot to be said for waiting until September or October to begin shopping around for a property. As nature’s landscape begins to change, so does … Continue reading → The post 6 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Fall appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What Is Kanye West’s Net Worth?

    Kanye West is one of the most polarizing figures in entertainment today. The outspoken rapper knows how to keep fans guessing with his unpredictable behavior. While we don’t know what he’ll do next, one thing we do know is that he … Continue reading → The post What Is Kanye West’s Net Worth? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • 4 Unique Ways to Save More for Retirement

    Saving for retirement can be a daunting task and it’s hard to do it without a road map. Maxing out your employer-sponsored plan (such as your 401(k) account) can be a great starting point. But there’s more than one way … Continue reading → The post 4 Unique Ways to Save More for Retirement appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What Is a SEPP?

    SEPP stands for substantially equal periodic payment. Setting up a series of substantially equal payments is a little-known maneuver that can enable you to withdraw money from your retirement accounts before age 59 1/2 – without paying an early withdrawal … Continue reading → The post What Is a SEPP? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

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  • What to Do When Your Homeowners Insurance Claim Is Denied

    Ideally, a good homeowners insurance policy should cover the cost of repairing or replacing your home when disaster strikes. But even if you believe that you have enough coverage, your insurance company could still deny the claim you file. If … Continue reading → The post What to Do When Your Homeowners Insurance Claim Is Denied appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • How Working in Retirement Can Affect Your Social Security Benefits

    By the time you turn 60, you may be ready to leave the workforce for good. But some seniors aren’t in the financial position to quit their jobs. While working in retirement won’t prevent you from claiming your Social Security … Continue reading → The post How Working in Retirement Can Affect Your Social Security Benefits appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best Places to Work in Manufacturing

    Ever since Samuel Slater brought the secrets of the English textile industry to America, manufacturing has been a big part of the American economy. From the New England textile mills to Pittsburgh’s steel and Detroit’s automobiles, manufacturing has long been a … Continue reading → The post The Best Places to Work in Manufacturing appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • 5 Fall Fashion Trends You Can Afford

    If you’re into fashion, you probably pay close attention to the fall Fashion Week events in New York City, Paris, London and Milan. Many people drool over the designs they see on the runway but not everyone can afford to … Continue reading → The post 5 Fall Fashion Trends You Can Afford appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • All About Bank-to-Bank Transfers

    Bank-to-bank transfers allow consumers to move money electronically. Specifically, they allow someone to transfer money from an account with one bank to an account with another institution. If you’ve never used this service before, it might seem a little confusing. … Continue reading → The post All About Bank-to-Bank Transfers appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best Places to Be a Nurse – 2016 Edition

    Entering the nursing field might not be a bad idea. The average growth rate for all jobs is 7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But growth for nursing jobs is expected to be a lot faster than average. In … Continue reading → The post The Best Places to Be a Nurse – 2016 Edition appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Top 5 Tips for Understanding Jobs Reports

    The monthly jobs reports (also known as the Employment Situation Surveys) offer insight into what’s happening in the economy. Investors, economists, employers and consumers use the information in these reports to make important decisions. And even the Federal Reserve relies … Continue reading → The post Top 5 Tips for Understanding Jobs Reports appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Can Selling Your Home Hurt Your Credit?

    Maintaining a good credit score isn’t always easy. Maxing out credit cards, making late payments and failing to pay off your student loan debt are just a few moves that can hurt your credit. Even selling your home could potentially have … Continue reading → The post Can Selling Your Home Hurt Your Credit? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What You Should Know About Absentee Voting

    Maybe you’re stuck on a business trip that happened to fall on voting day. Or maybe you’re a college student who doesn’t have time to go home and vote. The good news is that even if you can’t make it … Continue reading → The post What You Should Know About Absentee Voting appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Pros and Cons of Unions

    Unions are controversial in the U.S. – more controversial, in fact, than they are in other countries. Here in the States, some people tout unions as essential to a strong working class, while others criticize unions for putting too many … Continue reading → The post The Pros and Cons of Unions appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

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  • All About Taxes on Pensions

    If you have a pension, you’re one of the lucky ones. Defined benefit retirement plans like pensions are increasingly rare, having been largely replaced by defined contribution plans like the 401(k). But drawing on your pension income when you hit … Continue reading → The post All About Taxes on Pensions appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What You Should Know About Credit Scoring Models

    If you’re a little confused about how credit scores are calculated, you’re definitely not alone. Credit scoring models can be difficult to interpret, which isn’t very helpful when you’re trying to improve your credit. But don’t worry – we’re here … Continue reading → The post What You Should Know About Credit Scoring Models appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best Cities for Book Lovers

    Modern subway book lovers are in many ways like tango dancers. If they can’t get a seat, they bravely stand together, limbs interlocked for balance, books tenderly placed against noses, swaying together with the stop and go of the train, … Continue reading → The post The Best Cities for Book Lovers appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • 3 Economic Ideas That Democrats & Republicans Support

    Convincing politicians on both sides of the aisle to agree on anything can be a daunting task. Conservatives and liberals have opposing viewpoints on everything from immigration to healthcare and trying to find common ground usually isn’t easy. But once … Continue reading → The post 3 Economic Ideas That Democrats & Republicans Support appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • 5 Pitfalls First-Time Renters Should Avoid

    Whether you’re a new college grad or you’re a homeowner who’s ready to ditch your mortgage, hunting for an apartment can be nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time. You might be eager to settle into a new place, but … Continue reading → The post 5 Pitfalls First-Time Renters Should Avoid appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • The Best College Towns to Live In – 2016 Edition

    A college town can be a fun place to live even as an older adult. There are often endless activities to participate in from football and hockey games to concerts and cultural events. And since the students in the area are … Continue reading → The post The Best College Towns to Live In – 2016 Edition appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • 5 Ways the Rich Can Avoid the Estate Tax

    Donald Trump recently unveiled his economic plan for the country and announced that he wanted to get rid of the estate tax. While the prospect of paying fewer taxes probably excites you, the truth is that only a handful of American estates … Continue reading → The post 5 Ways the Rich Can Avoid the Estate Tax appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What Does the World Trade Organization Do?

    Although the World Trade Organization (WTO) affects all of us, many people aren’t very familiar with it. You might remember hearing about it over the years since its beginnings in 1995. If you had no idea that it exists, don’t worry. … Continue reading → The post What Does the World Trade Organization Do? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • Top 5 Ways to Stay Healthy This Fall

    Fall is on the horizon and the summer heat will soon be replaced by a chilly breeze. One factor that the fall season brings that we don’t love is cold and flu season. Between busy schedules and upcoming holiday travel plans, … Continue reading → The post Top 5 Ways to Stay Healthy This Fall appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

  • What Is a Good Debt-to-Equity Ratio?

    The debt-to-equity ratio is one of the metrics people use to evaluate publicly traded companies. A high ratio indicates that a company is highly leveraged and may be a risky investment. Knowing what the ratio is and what makes a … Continue reading → The post What Is a Good Debt-to-Equity Ratio? appeared first on SmartAsset Blog.

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