Everything You Need to Know About Real Estate Crowdfunding

Real estate crowdfunding: you may or may not heard of it, but the concept is quickly growing among investors. In a sense, crowdfunding is doing for real estate investing what Lending Club and Prosper are doing for personal loans. They are acting as online peer-to-peer marketplaces that match investors with borrowers, often under better financial […]


A Review of TD Ameritrade’s Essential Portfolios

TD Ameritrade has rolled out its own “robo advisor” feature, called Essential Portfolios. If you already invest with TD Ameritrade, or have been considering doing so, you should take a close look at this investment management tool. It’s a way that you can move some, or even all, of your investments into a low-cost, fully […]


Should You Ever Pay Off The Mortgage On Your Rental Property Early?

One of the critical strategies involved in purchasing and owning rental properties is using leverage. In a perfect scenario, you will purchase a property primarily using borrowed money. Then, the rent income from the property will not only pay the mortgage, but it will also provide you with a small profit. Over many years, that […]


Why Your Roth IRA Should Be Used for Retirement (and Nothing Else)

There are all kinds of sub-strategies floating around about how to use a Roth IRA as something other than a retirement account. Most involve using it as some form of short- or medium-term savings strategy. This can include using it as an emergency fund, a backdoor college fund for your kids, or even a nest […]


Mint or Personal Capital — Which is Better for Managing Your Money?

ie. Mint and Personal Capital are two web-based, money management platforms that are frequently compared to one another. While there are some similarities, the differences between the two render them very different services. Which you will prefer to work with will depend entirely on what you are looking for the platform to do. Mint vs. […]


How to Retire Early With a Roth IRA Conversion Ladder

If you are planning on early retirement, one of your biggest concerns is probably how you will be able to survive in the retirement years before you turn 59 1/2. Like most people, the vast majority of your savings and investments are probably in tax-sheltered retirement plans. Of course, you will also have to pay […]