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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

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?

Build Savings Faster With a Multiple Account Strategy

Trying to manage all your expenses out of one savings account? Your finances might actually be a little simpler with two or three accounts.

One Simple Thing You Can Do to Start Budgeting Today

Forget the spreadsheets. The best thing you can do for your budget is to take a step back and look at the big picture.

One Smart Thing You Can Do for Your Retirement Today

The smartest thing you can do for retirement planning is so easy, there's just no excuse not to do it. Even better? It's free.

Does Your Kid Need an IRA?

Ready to give your child a mega financial jumpstart? Consider opening them a Roth IRA.

4 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Investment Portfolio

Spring cleaning is in the air! After you dust the cobwebs out of your house, take time to dust them out of your investment portfolio, too.

How an HSA Saves You Money

A health savings account, or HSA, can help you tackle health care expenses with some extra peace of mind — and some extra tax savings.

6 Warning Signs You're Sabotaging Your Nest Egg

Do your future you a favor and stop making these all-too-common retirement mistakes.

Should You Set Up a Trust for Your Child?

Setting up a trust may be the right move for your family and heirs. You don't have to be a millionaire, either.

5 Things Newlyweds Must Know About Investing

First comes love, then comes marriage — then comes worrying about money. Here's how to manage your investments together for the long haul.

6 Sobering Facts About the Stock Market

The Stock Market is a safe, reliable way to grow your nest egg right up until it isn't.

Can't Pay Your Taxes? Here's What to Do

Tax season is upon us, and for many that means money owed. Here's what to do if you can't afford to make your tax payment.

5 Crucial Things You Should Know About Bonds

Boring and staid, bonds remain a fundamental piece of a well-made portfolio. Find out why you should add bonds to yours.

5 Dumb Investments Smart People Make

Investing early and often is smart money management — usually. Avoid these common mistakes and you'll keep your portfolio safe and growing.