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Roth 401k vs. Roth IRA: What's the difference? 
Q: I was at a recent retirement seminar at work where they said I could contribute a total of $30,500 to a Roth 401k and a Roth IRA. Can you explain how that works and what is the difference between a Roth 401k and a Roth IRA? A: A 401k is a type of retirement plan that’s managed by an employ
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Can you use your 401k to buy a home?
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What entrepreneurs need to know when starting a business: 
Oliver C., a student at the University of Southern California, asks: “I’ve been listening to your podcast for a few weeks now and have to say thank you for all the information you are sharing. I especially liked a recent episode, 6 Risky Situations When You Should Avoid Using a Deb
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If you inherit an IRA, you should follow these rules to avoid triggering huge tax penalties.
Kathleen D. says, “My daughter is an American working and going to school in Norway. Her father died in January and left her a traditional IRA. Can she roll it over to an account in her name in the U.S.?” Thanks for your question, Kathleen, and my condolences for the loss in your family
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5 signs you need a new financial advisor: 
I caught up recently with friend. Let’s call him Jake. Jake is one of those gregarious personalities that fills a room. Everybody who meets Jake immediately likes him, myself included. And, boy, can he talk—out of trouble, into jobs, you name it. Jake was a B student at a mediocre coll
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You can do these 3 things no matter what financial stage you are at.
We’re all at different stages in our financial lives. Maybe you’re a new graduate just starting your career. Perhaps you’re just getting back on your feet financially after experiencing a hardship. Or you may have decades of experience but finally be ready to go all-in with some ne
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Cutting the cord could give you a lot more room in your budget.
Since 2010, the average cable TV bill has increased by a whopping 40% and analysts say rates will continue to go up. Many people are paying big bills near $200 a month or more. If you’re one of them, it’s time to consider how to finally cut the cable TV cord and save money using the best
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How to get rid of your private mortgage insurance fee as quickly as possible: 
If you’re buying a home or refinancing your mortgage, the last thing you want to hear is that the lender is tacking on an additional fee, called private mortgage insurance or PMI, to your monthly payment. In this post I’ll explain what private mortgage insurance is and how to avoid payi
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Oops… 6 things you need to do after a parking lot car accident: 
Parking lots are busy places, with harried drivers pulling into and out of spaces, pedestrians making their way to and from stores, teenage skateboarders ripping around, and the occasional rogue shopping cart whizzing by. It’s estimated that one out of every 5 car accidents happens in a parki
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You know you need an emergency fund, but do you know where you should put it? 
A new Money Girl podcast listener named Brittany says: My husband and I are working hard to pay off our student loans, so your podcasts have been fun to listen to and help keep me motivated. We have an emergency fund of $40,000 that’s earning 0.75% interest in a savings account. What do you t
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Want to keep up with your fitness while also budgeting for holiday expenses? Here are 7 ways to save. 
Everyone knows that it’s smart to take care of your health so you feel good, look good, and live the lifestyle you want. Interestingly, studies have also shown strong connections between our health and our wealth. For instance, did you know that being overweight can cause you to earn much les
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Find out how many credit cards you actually need to have good credit:

Last weekend I got an email from our QDT Editor Alyssa who said, “How many credit cards should you have? My family is in a heated discussion about this right now because one of my 3 credit cards got cancelled!” In this episode, I’ll explain why a credit card company could unexpect
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Personal Finance Expert, Award-Winning Author, Host of the top-rated Money Girl podcast, Speaker, Spokesperson, Analyst for Bankrate Insurance, yellow dog lover
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I'm the author of an award-winning book, Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow Rich (St. Martin's Press) and host of the top-rated Money Girl podcast. I'm a speaker, financial literacy advocate, and spokesperson who's on a mission to help you live rich and love the journey!
Learn more about me at http://LauraDAdams.com
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