Monday Market Update 5-24-2021

The market was a bit mixed last week. Inflation and rising interest rates continued to pressure the market early in the week, while improving jobless claims numbers led to some market recovery on Thursday. We also got the Fed’s minutes from their April meeting, some insights into negotiations on the American Jobs Plan, aka Biden’s…

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This Week in the Market 5-17-2021

Earnings season just about wrapped up last week… but the biggest market impact of the week came from the CPI report. Despite everyone predicting it was coming, now that we actually see inflation in the reported data, the market didn’t like it too much. We also saw flat retail sales number for April too. To…

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Weekly Market Review 5-10-2021

Earnings season continued last week… but the two biggest market impacts of the week came from unexpected sources. First, a big negative surprise from the April Employment numbers drove markets…up? And crypto fans eagerly awaited Elon Musk’s host appearance on SNL and were likely not happy with what he had to say. It’s all outlined…

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Is This A Good Time to Buy a House?

One of the best things to come out of hosting a daily LIVE Q&A for all of you on Instagram is the insights I get into your most pressing questions. And right now, lots of you want to know is this a good time to buy a house? Many of your concerns are colored by…

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10+ Things to Know About How Mortgages Actually Work

This quarter for the Family Finance Book Club pick, we read The Big Short by Michael Lewis, giving many of you a front-row seat and eye-opening read about how the mortgage industry nearly collapsed the entirety of Wall Street, taking Main Street down with it… but it also left you with lots of questions. Like,…

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How to Calculate How Much House I Can Actually Afford

First time homebuyers, and even experienced homebuyers who may be buying in a new area or buying into a higher price point, often ask me how much house they can really afford or how much of their income their mortgage should be. The key to answering these questions is understanding that the total cost of…

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What Every Mom Should Know About Personal Property Insurance

Every six months when the insurance premium bill comes due, you groan as you pay it. But when life’s unexpected occurs – the storm that drops a tree through your roof, or the day you don’t hit the breaks in time and rear end the car in front of you – personal property insurance let’s you breathe a sigh of relief. Today’s Family Financial Savvy covers the second part of my interview with Eli Zimmer of Daigle & Travers talking about Property and Casualty Insurance.

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7 Secrets to a Successful First Home Mortgage

This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust.  All opinions are my own. “We are pre-approved for WHAT?!?!” I will never forget nearly falling out of my chair when my husband (then boyfriend) and I went to get our mortgage pre-approval to buy our first home over a decade ago. We still had student loans, car…

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