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Matt Bell

Matt Bell is the Associate Editor at Sound Mind Investing, a popular investment newsletter that provides proven strategies for successful investing.

Latest articles by Matt Bell

You May Be Putting Your Retirement Money in the Wrong Place

ETFs? Index funds? Stocks? Where should you put your retirement money? It depends on your situation and goals. Here's how to decide.

$4,000, $8,000, or Even $453,500 in 5 Years: A Low-Risk Investment Plan

If you're saving for a new car or a down payment on a house, you can boost your return in the short-term with little risk.

3 Ways to Get a Legit Business Education Online

The advent of online education has made it easy to get a business education. And if you don't need a credential or degree — it can be free.

6 Tax Moves You Need to Make Right Now

Think about taxes? Now? Absolutely! The tax moves you make today can pay off big next year — and long after.

Investing Advice by the Decade: Ages 11-20

Just as they do in their first decade of life, kids go through a ton of changes in their second decade. For boys, their deepening voices leave them thankfully less vulnerable to being confused for their mothers when they answer the phone! [more]

Investment Allocation by Age: Birth to 10 Years Old

When kids are young, investing is usually done on their behalf. However, it's possible to get kids started with their own investments at a surprisingly early age.

3 Ways to Stay Calm When the Stock Market Gets Volatile

If the stock market were a commercial jet and investors were passengers, a lot of them would be grabbing for that little bag in their front seat pocket right about now. [more]

2 Investing Concepts Everyone Should Know

Successful investors know how to get the most from compound interest and make sure they have the right asset allocation. Here's why these two investing concepts are so important.

Money Management in 5 Minutes a Day

Day-to-day money management doesn't need to take a ton of time. Here are some key steps and tools that'll help you create a super-efficient system.

The Types of Savings Accounts: Which Is Right For You?

Stashing money into a savings account isn’t a whole lot of fun, especially with today’s interest rates barely registering a pulse. [more]

Investing 101: 5 Essential Steps

For many people, investing is the toughest part of personal finance. It can be confusing, intimidating, and with the recent recession still vivid in our memories, scary. But it doesn’t have to be. [more]

Slow and Steady Wins the Debt Race

When you're in deep debt, bankruptcy can look appealing. However, the long way out of debt is usually the best way to get — and stay — out of debt.

How to Start Fighting Debt — Today

Having once had $20,000 of credit card debt, I know what it feels like to face a Goliath-size stack of bills. Fortunately, I also know the joy of victory over the debt giant. Here’s how to wage a successful war against your debts. [more]

How to Stick to an Exercise Plan

I used to joke that they only time you’d ever see me running would be if some big angry guy was chasing me. However, in the past few years I’ve gone from dabbling in running to running very consistently. [more]

How to Get Rid of and Avoid Late Fees

Of all the ways you can waste money, paying late fees is one of the worst. Learn how to never pay another late fee again.

Investing With Your Values

If you care about the environment, you’d probably never throw something in the trash that could be recycled. But do you invest in companies that trash the environment? [more]

A Comprehensive Guide to the Debt Snowball Method

If you're trying to pay off a stack of debts, the snowball method can give you the motivation you need to knock them all out. Learn how.

How to Avoid Holiday Debt, Starting Now

As we head into the holiday season, there are some steps we can all take to help maximize our enjoyment of this special time of year while minimizing our financial pain. It’s easy to get swept up in all the hype and sentiments of the season, on [more]

A Comprehensive Guide to the Envelope System

Whether you're intimidated by budgeting or are just looking for a new technique, the simple and effective envelope system can make budgeting oh-so-easy.

How to Thrive in Uncertainty

The economy is still shuddering, but that doesn't mean your finances need to shake in fear. Learn how to stay financially strong in times like these.