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Matt Bell

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

Latest articles by Matt Bell

3 Financial Penalties Every Retiree Should Avoid

By the time you reach retirement, you should know how to manage your money. Don't get hit with these financial fines!

4 Money Moves to Make After You Pay Off Your Mortgage

You own your home free and clear; congrats! Once you're done celebrating, it's time to make some smart post-mortgage money moves.

6 Questions All Rookie Investors Should Ask

If you're new to investing, you probably have questions. At least, you should.

4 Ways to Keep Envy From Ruining Your Retirement Investments

Envy is a mega-danger to your finances. The green-eyed monster can even ruin your investments.

4 False Assumptions That Could Threaten Your Retirement Years

Are you heading for a rough retirement? If you're counting on these things in your golden years, you may be in for a rude awakening.

How to Avoid These 3 Investment Worries That Will Derail Your Retirement

It's normal to have retirement worries. But these fears can derail your retirement completely.

5 Ways to Make Long-Term Care More Affordable

The numbers don't lie; long-term care is not cheap. With some careful planning, you can make it more affordable down the line.

4 Simple Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Investing

Don't be daunted by the stock market. With a little change in outlook, you can conquer your investing fears.

5 Common Budget Mistakes You Can Fix Right Now

We all make mistakes. These budget blunders are easy to correct with a few simple adjustments.

3 Common Retirement Regrets You Can Avoid

Some life regrets are hard to avoid. When it comes to retirement, however, smart planning is your key to smooth sailing.

The Secret to Successful Investing Is Trusting the Process

The key to successful investing isn't hot tips or insider knowledge. It's about trusting the process.

5 Ways to Get the Most From Your Employer’s Automated Retirement Plan

Your employer may be automating your 401(k) plan. Don't let the convenience lull you into complacency with your investments.

4 Portfolio "Blind Spots" That Are Ruining Your Investments

Mental biases can keep you blind. When it comes to your investments, they can also keep you poor.

How to Face These 7 Scary Facts About Retirement Saving

The familiar frights this time of year are make believe and not really scary. The facts about retirement may leave you cowering under the covers.

Three of the Toughest Decisions You'll Face in Retirement

A lot of financial decision-making goes into retirement. Once you reach your golden years, you have a few more questions to answer.

What to Do If You're Retiring With Debt

Debt's a burden at any age. For retirees on fixed or reduced income, it can feel especially heavy.

4 Red Flags That Your Retirement Plan May Be Off Track

Is your retirement off course? If these red flags apply to you, it just might be.

This One Mental Bias Is Harming Your Investments

The biggest threat to your investments isn't a market downturn — it's your own brain.

The Financial Basics Every New Grad Should Know

Congrats, grad! You undoubtedly learned a lot in your college career, but now it's time to learn these personal finance basics.

Here's How Rate of Return Can Help You Invest Smarter

It's easy to get bogged down with investment terminology. Rate of return is an important one to know.