10+ Elements to Build A Successful Family Finance Plan

We talk about all sorts of different financial literacy topics here at Family Finance Mom. And sometimes, the amount of information out there to absorb and retain can be completely overwhelming. So this year, for Financial Literacy Month, I decided to create a checklist for you to follow to help you build a successful family…

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Finance News this Week 4-5-2021

It was a short week for the markets, with the stock market closed for Good Friday and the bond market closing early Friday at noon… but that didn’t stop there from being plenty of activity and finance news this week. The biggest news? President Biden unveiled the first part of his Build Back Better campaign…

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Monday Market Commentary 3-29-2021

The S&P 500 continued to have mixed performance last week, mostly coinciding with the direction of long-term interest rates. The market eventually finished the week up +1.6%, as long-term Treasury yields fell slightly, after closing at their highest yields in a year the week prior. This week, we also got insights on the housing market,…

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Market Weekly Update 3-22-2021

The S&P 500 put in a mixed performance this week: hitting a new all-time high Wednesday after the Fed’s FOMC statement but then selling off over the latter half of the week, ending the week down 0.8%. Long-term Treasury yields continued to rise, hitting their highest yields in a year, now surpassing pre-pandemic levels. This…

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Awesome Finance Books Every Woman Should Read

The most successful people in the world all have one thing in common: they never stop reading. Having previously shared what I consider the best books about finance, many of you expressed interest in reading and discussing them together, as well as having regular recommendations on finance books to read. And so last year, the…

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3 Ways Diversification in Investing Reduces Your Risk

The next element to cover in our Investing for Beginners series is Diversification in Investing. Diversification is magical, helping to reduce the overall risk, or volatility in your investment portfolio, without necessarily giving up significant returns. Think of it as smoothing your portfolio performance over time. Read on to learn what diversification is, how it…

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Market for the Week 3-15-2021

The S&P 500 closed on Friday at a new all-time high, now up 5.0% year-to-date, while long-term Treasury yield continued to rise, and have now returned to pre-pandemic levels. Inflation data for February came out on Wednesday. And Thursday, President Biden officially signed the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill into law. Read on for more of…

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Weekly Market News 3-08-2021

Last week, the market was down more than 1% through Thursday, before rallying on Friday on at least strong headline numbers from the February Employment Report to end the week up 0.8%. Bond yields continued to rise, and mortgage rates crossed 3%, their highest level since last summer. The Senate also passed the $1.9 trillion…

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5 Factors Driving Higher Inflation & What You Should Do to Prepare

For the last month or so, as the stock market rally has faltered, and longer-term interest rates have increased by more than 50% since the start of the year, the concerns and whispers from the market over higher inflation have grown louder and louder. So what exactly is inflation? Why are people suddenly more worried…

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Market Weekly Recap 3-01-2021

Last week, the stock market sold off for the second week in a row, as rapidly rising interest rates create headwinds and continue to drive inflation concerns. Mortgage rates saw their largest one-week increase in nearly a year, and we got an update on the new housing market, labor market, as well as consumer spending…

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