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Lincoln County ranks high for small businesses

Lincoln County is one of the top locations in Mississippi with a strong small business presence, according to a new study by SmartAsset. Lincoln County was ranked No. 2 in the top-10 list overall, with a Small Business Index of 54.43. The ranking was based on three factors — percentage of people in a county with small business income, proportion of that income to countywide small business income and taxes paid by small business owners.
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6 Things You Should Know About Buying a Home in Retirement

6 Things You Should Know About Buying a Home in Retirement. Retirees, even those who’ve owned a home for decades, can face unaccustomed challenges when buying a home. As you approach or enter retirement, you are likely to be thinking less about good schools and more about good hospitals and public transportation.
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4 Things Retirement Super Savers Do to Become Rich

4 Sacrifices Super Savers Make on the Road to Getting Rich. Most of us occasionally — or even frequently — dream of getting rich. But “super savers” take the next step, turning such visions into reality. Who are these folks? Principal Financial Group defines super savers...
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The Healthiest Housing Markets in North Carolina

With prices in most areas around the Carolinas reaching new highs almost every week, many have been wondering if our housing market is still healthy. Today, the financial planning website SmartAsset released its seventh annual study on the Healthiest Housing Markets in North Carolina. The study weighed factors including stability, risk of loss, the ease of selling a home, and home costs as a percentage of local median income.

Can't afford a new laptop? You may qualify for a free one

A laptop computer can change your life — help your child do homework, participate in school from home, and help parents find a job or earn money from home. Unfortunately, laptops are expensive. SPONSORED: Find a Qualified Financial Advisor. 1. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn't have to be...

Only a Sliver of Retirees Can Cover This Overlooked Expense

Only a Sliver of Retirees Can Cover This Overlooked Expense. Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on Long-term care is a wide-ranging and often-overlooked component of retirement planning. It runs the gamut from occasional help with cooking and cleaning to around-the-clock care provided in a nursing home setting. While analysis from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College shows that nearly 1 in 5 retirees won’t need any long-term services and supports, a large percentage of people who do need this type of care will struggle to pay for it. In fact, more than a third of retirees won’t be able to pay for even minimal needs, like hiring someone to help prepare meals, without running out of money.

19 smart ways to start making passive income right now

Making money while you sleep has a beautiful ring to it. I mean, who wouldn't want to be making some extra money while playing with the kids or while watching a game? Earning passive income provides the opportunity to do just that. Those who achieve financial independence will tell you...

The best county for retirees in every state

Retirement may be the time to move closer to family or put down new roots in a warm climate. Helping make that decision a bit easier is an index of the best places to retire in each of the 50 states, which was created by 24/7 Wall St. Suggesting locales...

20 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees

For myriad reasons, many seniors and retirees are staying in or jumping back into the job world. Money Talks News reports that by 2028 nearly a quarter of people 65 and older will be working. Reasons include staving off boredom and loneliness, saving for big expenses, paying off debt, or...

Surprisingly expensive products from Costco

Costco is known for free samples, cheap hot dogs, and low prices on bulk purchases. However, Costco sells some surprising — and surprisingly expensive — products, as well. How pricey? To buy one of every item on this list, you'd have to spend more than $1 million. While some splurges at Costco seem worth it, many of these had us scratching our heads wondering which of our fellow shoppers are going all out. Not a Costco member? You can apply here.

Clark County Among Counties In The State With Greatest Income Growth

According to a new study, Clark County residents were among those in Wisconsin who experienced the greatest amount of income growth throughout a five year period. The analysis was part of SmartAsset’s overarching study on paycheck friendliness in counties across the country. The study compared income levels in counties across the country to determine where growth levels were the greatest.

17 essential facts to know about retirement

From individual retirement accounts to employer-sponsored 401(k) and 403(b) plans, the average American household has seen retirement accounts grow by 5%. Our 2021 retirement statistics guide aims to provide a well-rounded view of trends, from average retirement savings to how many Americans have retirement accounts to retirement planning. First, here are 17 essential retirement statistics. SPONSORED: Find a Qualified Financial Advisor 1. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn't have to be hard. SmartAsset's free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes. 2. Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests. If you're ready to be matched with local advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

50 money-saving energy tips for winter

If you've been a little too prone to nudging the thermostat up or leaving lights on, now is the time to turn over a new leaf. While some energy myths can be safely ignored, budget-conscious people will want to know these energy-saving tips that can also help lower utility bills. (And check out these Home Upgrades That Will Save Money.)

A woman's guide to financial planning — for every stage of life

As women, we have unique needs and challenges when it comes to managing our money. According to data gathered in 2018, a working woman earned only 81.6 cents for every dollar her male counterpart earned. Further, the median annual earnings for women were almost $10,000 less than for men. Because...

29 Cars That Will Disappear in 2022

We are all hoping a few things will disappear in 2022 — COVID-19 and inflation, for starters. However, depending on your preferences, you may get a little misty-eyed at some of the car models that are slated to vanish from the scene later this year. Car and Driver says...

Inflation isn't going anywhere. Which price increases really hurt you most?

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tracks thousands of prices and folds them all into a weighted average they call the consumer price index, or CPI. 1. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn't have to be hard. SmartAsset's free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes.

7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50

As we age, health issues often creep up that threaten to tarnish our golden years. Treating some of these diseases and conditions can be expensive. Fortunately, there are ways to cut the cost of such care. Following are some health conditions that tend to strike after age 50 — and how to cut the cost of care if you are diagnosed with them.