Kevin Mercadante

What Is Coast FIRE? Save Early, then Relax

Coast FIRE is one of the more interesting versions of FIRE, aka Financial Independence, Retire Early. With Coast FIRE, you build a portfolio early in life that can grow enough to fund your retirement, then live your life - or coast - until the big day arrives. That’s where this FIRE flavor gets its name.

How to Buy, Gift, or Give Stocks to Kids

Buying company stock as a Christmas or birthday gift for your child won’t match the sizzle of some hot new toy. But the gift of stock is an opportunity to change the child’s future direction. If they don’t “get it” now, they almost certainly will in a few years.

GetUpside Review: Cash Rewards with Everyday Purchases

If you’re concerned about saving money - and who isn’t - GetUpside is an app that enables you to take advantage of cash rewards offers available with gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores, and restaurants. The company advertises cash back rewards as high as $0.25 per gallon on gas and 45% on other purchases. Find out more in our GetUpside review.

How Much Money Should You Save Each Month?

If you’ve never been a regular saver but you’ve decided that now is the time, you may be wondering how much money you should save each month? This article explores two of the most common savings strategies. The one you choose will depend upon how much you need to save and how quickly you need to do it.

Mainvest Review: Earn Passive Income by Investing In Small Businesses

Mainvest offers investors an opportunity to spread their wings by investing in small, local businesses for as little as $100. Mainvest uses a crowdfunded investment model in which investors provide financing for small businesses in exchange for regular interest income. This Mainvest review covers the basics; key features, how to sign up, and the pros and cons.

VOO vs. VTI: S&P 500 vs. Total Stock Market ETFs

The Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) and the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) are two of the largest and most popular investment funds in America. Each ETF is used to represent the general US stock market in a portfolio. But in a head-to-head comparison (VOO vs. VTI), is one better than the other?

What Is Lean FIRE? Early Retirement for the Frugal Crowd

Like the other FIRE versions, Lean FIRE relies heavily on the safe withdrawal rate and building an extensive portfolio. But the main difference is that this version of FIR has a much stronger emphasis on frugality. Lean FIRE works incredibly well for people who can live on less than the average person does.

What Is a Stablecoin? The Benefits and Drawbacks of Stablecoins

As the popularity of cryptocurrencies grows, so are the products and services being offered in the asset class. One increasingly common example is Stablecoin. It’s a version of cryptocurrency that’s increasingly available on crypto exchanges, but it’s different from regular crypto because its value doesn’t fluctuate. Find out more about the benefits of stablecoin.

What Is Fat FIRE? Living Large in Early Retirement

If you've been spending much time reading personal finance blogs, you're probably aware of something called the FIRE movement. FIRE, in this case, is a moniker for Financial Independence, Retire Early. There are different FIRE versions, but Fat FIRE is like early retirement on steroids. That is, it's full-blown FIRE and not one of the watered-down variations.

How to FI: How to Create a Path to Financial Independence

Financial independence is a shared desire of millions of people. There’s even a moniker for it – F.I.R.E., which stands for financial independence, retire early. But how does one achieve FI? After all, it’s just a theory unless you have a plan in place to get there. Let's find out.

Seeking Alpha Review: Are the Paid Subscriptions Worth the Cost?

Choosing the right investments is one of the most difficult parts of investing for yourself. While they won't make recommendations, Seeking Alpha can provide the information and analysis you need for success. In this Seeking Alpha review, I let you know how the platform works, and cover the essential features.

Linqto Review – Is this Pre-IPO Investment Platform Legit?

Does participating in blockbuster pre-IPO stock purchases involving top-name companies seem like something only for billionaires? At one time, it was, but no more. A platform called Linqto provides fast, low-cost access to shares of rising private companies before they go public. Find out more in our Linqto review.

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