Porte, the 3% APY savings account – What’s the catch?

High-yield savings accounts (HYSA) do not feel high-yield anymore. The national average APY for US savings accounts is 0.06% according to the FDIC. 0.06% APY means that for every $10,000 you have tied up in a savings account, you are paid $6 per year. Obviously 0.06% will not protect you from any level of inflation, which means that these savings accounts are useless. Other online … Continue reading Porte, the 3% APY savings account – What’s the catch?

Buying homes with friends: Millennials’ new recipe for drama

With the price of homes still at record highs, some Millennials are coming up with a new strategy to get into home ownership: buying homes with friends. Millennials are growing tired of paying higher rents and losing out on building equity in real estate and the appreciation on home values. Therefore, some are partnering with friends and roommates to buy a nicer home than any … Continue reading Buying homes with friends: Millennials’ new recipe for drama

That’s a Yotta cash: The risk-free, lottery-based savings account

Saving cash is an important part of your financial planning. While “cash is trash” and similar headlines are spreading, having cash set aside is important for an emergency or making a big purchase soon. The reason why “cash is trash” has been going around is for two reasons: (1) interest rates on borrowing money is near record lows, and (2) the return on investing in … Continue reading That’s a Yotta cash: The risk-free, lottery-based savings account

Simple Budgeting: The 50/30/20 rule-of-thumb budget

Most budgeting systems are time consuming and complex. The beauty of the rule-of-thumb budget is the speed and simplicity of it. All you need to know is your after-tax income. Once you have determined your after-tax income, you simply allocate it as follows: 50% towards your necessities 30% towards your wants 20% towards your financial goals Next is to define the categories: Necessities, Wants, and … Continue reading Simple Budgeting: The 50/30/20 rule-of-thumb budget

Understanding opportunity cost: How much does that avocado toast and Starbucks actually cost me?

So called financial gurus tell you that if you want to be rich, quit eating avocado toast and drinking Starbucks. Admittedly, this does remove expenses that may add up over time. However, that frugality alone won’t make you “rich.” Rather, understanding the ideas behind the “avoid paying $10 for avocado toast and $5 for coffee” is what will make you handle your money better and … Continue reading Understanding opportunity cost: How much does that avocado toast and Starbucks actually cost me?

Passive investing 102: What is passive investing?

Pas-sive – not reacting visibly to something that might be expected to produce manifestations of an emotion or feeling. Dictionary.com In most areas of life, being active is seen as the optimal choice. “Pursue your dreams.” “Take life by the horns.” “Don’t sit back and wait for life to happen to you.” However, when investing, being active can be a costly choice. Common Misconceptions: Often, … Continue reading Passive investing 102: What is passive investing?

Passive investing 101 – Surviving and thriving in chaotic times

During these turbulent times it is easy for investors to make poor decisions, such as changing your investing strategy. In their recent newsletter, Edward Jones said that the “hardest part of investing is the one we have the most control over – our emotions.” Historically, people make the wrong investment decisions because they act emotionally. When the market crashes, the best option is to buy … Continue reading Passive investing 101 – Surviving and thriving in chaotic times