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#500 Five Rules of Persistence for Entrepreneurs

Author: Matthew Davis

Anything worth attaining will require persistence, is the first lesson of entrepreneurship. This is especially the case when it comes to trying to close a new client. My mentor Grant Cardone said it best: If you are one of those people that became convinced by your parents, teacher and environmen... see more

#499 Tax Breaks for Volunteering

Author: Ethan Smith

Taxes probably aren't the first thing on your mind when you decide to get involved in a worthy cause. But your volunteer ventures could still earn you some welcome deductions.First, however, make sure that the organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. As a general r... see more

#498 Credit Score: Hard Vs. Soft Inquiry

Author: Daniel Harris

How trustworthy are you with your finances? Financial institutions, creditors – even prospective employers – want to know and your credit report is how they find out. Sometimes they check you out without you knowing sometimes it can have a negative effect on your credit score. That could spel... see more

#497 Comparing Credit Card Companies

Author: Jacob Smith

When Diner's Club introduced its charge card in 1950, the idea that shoppers could use the same piece of plastic at multiple retailers was a novel concept. Times have certainly changed, with consumers now able to choose among hundreds of different credit cards. See Credit Cards: A Brief History.... see more

#496 Special Needs Children: How to Financially Plan for Them

Author: Matthew Williams

Having a client with a special needs child creates unique issues for a financial planner or advisor. Not only are there distinct financial issues for the present, but there's also a need for a comprehensive plan to care for the child in years to come. (For more, see: Help Parents Avoid This Retir... see more

#495 FHA Loans: An Option for Manufactured Homes, Too

Author: Matthew Smith

The tightening of mortgage-lending standards over the past few years has made the goal of home ownership tougher for the average borrower. But despite their modest cost, it can be even harder if you're interested in purchasing a manufactured home.The main reason is that fewer banks are in ... see more

#494 Mom, What’s This 401(k) Thing?

Author: Jacob Smith

As head of BlackRock's defined contribution team, I am well aware of the advice we give to young people just starting out in the work force. That advice is start saving for retirement. Now. Time is your biggest asset. You have a lifetime of future wages ahead of you and decades to put the markets... see more

#493 How Your Credit Score And Credit Report Are Examined By Lenders

Author: Matthew Williams

Your credit score and credit report go hand in hand, but they are actually two different entities that can impact your finances. Your actual credit score determines your overall worthiness as a borrower, while your report is a full summary of how you've handled credit within recent years.K... see more

#492 7 Secret Fees Cutting Into Your Travel Budget

Author: Michael Taylor

We're in the midst of the travel-planning season, as solo travelers and families gear up for domestic and international holiday flights. With recent airline mergers and the constant threat of airline-fare hikes, summer travelers will need to stay on top of backdoor costs and fees that put a strai... see more

#491 Find the Right Reverse Mortgage Counseling Agency

Author: Matthew Harris

If you want to get a reverse mortgage, odds are you'll have to get counseling first.The government requires applicants for a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) (which make up about 95% of the reverse mortgages underwritten) to complete a session with a reverse mortgage counselor before... see more

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