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Matt Bell

Matt is a published author of four personal finance books, and writes for SoundMindInvesting.com and MattAboutMoney.com. He also holds a Master's Degree from DePaul University.

Latest articles by Matt Bell

Does Your Net Worth Even Matter?

You may not be raking it in like Warren Buffett, but yes, your net worth still matters.

Half of Americans Are Wrong About Their Retirement Savings

Most Americans have no idea what their retirement outlook is, for better or worse. Are you one of them?

5 Ways to Invest Like a Pro — No Financial Adviser Required

You don't need to hire a financial pro to invest like one. Try these DIY tips, and watch the confidence roll in.

Want Your Investments to Do Better? Stop Watching the News

If you want to be a better investor, consider stepping away from the market "news."

The Fiduciary Rule Is Under Review — How Will This Affect Your Investments?

The Trump administration is holding the fiduciary rule in limbo. How could this affect you and your retirement?

3 Reasons to Claim Social Security Before Your Retirement Age

Your Social Security benefits increase with every year you wait to claim them. But sometimes, sooner is better.

Your 401K in 2017: Here's What's New for You

2017 may not bring a lot of changes to your 401K, but you can still make sure you're making the most of your retirement plan.

How to Give Your Finances a Year-End Review

As the New Year begins, take a look back at how your money did last year and start planning for more financial progress this year.

These 5 Expenses Will Probably Cost You a Lot Less in Retirement

There's one silver lining to retirement planning: These five expenses are likely to dwindle in your golden years.

5 Financial Moves Now That You'll Regret When You Retire

Retirement may seem like a distant dot on the horizon, but if you make these costly money moves today, you'll really regret it later.

Everybody's Wrong About How Much House You Can Afford

Owning too much house often leads to your house owning you. Avoid becoming house poor with a radical approach to housing costs.

5 Essentials for Building a Profitable Portfolio

Investing is a bit of an art form, but it doesn't need to be a complicated one. Know the essentials, and you'll be on your way to great returns.

How to Stop Student Loans From Ruining Your Life

You got a higher education to improve your life — not to burden it. Don't let a student loan ruin everything.

4 of the Fastest Ways to Go Broke in Retirement

Retirement should be for relaxing. But if you keep up these four habits, you'll spend your golden years broke.

Easy Budgeting for People Who Hate Math

Face it, we aren't all math mavens. But even if numbers make your head spin, you can still budget like a pro.

How to Buy Your First Stock(s) or Fund(s)

There's a first time for everything — including investing! Ready to dive into the wide world of stocks and funds? Start here.

4 Things You Need to Know About Disability Insurance

What would happen to your income if you were suddenly unable to work?

Are You Choosing the Right Fund for Your Portfolio?

ETFs are rapidly becoming one of the more popular investments, hot on mutual funds' tail. So how exactly are they different?

401K or IRA? You Need Both

You know you should have either a 401K or an IRA. Have you considered you might need both?

Are You Making the Biggest Investment Risk of All?

Millennials are the most conservative investment demographic since the Depression era. Are they playing it too safe?