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G. Brian Davis

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G. Brian Davis is a real estate investor, personal finance writer, and travel addict mildly obsessed with FIRE. He spends nine months of the year in Abu Dhabi, and splits the rest of the year between his hometown of Baltimore and traveling the world.
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16 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund Money Wisely

Every year, millions of Americans receive billions of dollars in tax refunds. Many blow it on dinners out, new clothes, and presents for themselves. But before you get carried away dreaming up inventive ways to spend your refund, do something to boost your future instead.
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Why Your Taxes Could Go Up in Retirement and How to Prevent It

Many people believe retirement means lower taxes. But just because you’re no longer earning a paycheck doesn’t mean the taxman's out of your life forever. And with major economic and demographic challenges on the horizon, it’s time to start laying the groundwork now for lower taxes in retirement.
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FIRE Movement: Can I Achieve Financial Independence & Retire Early?

Who says you have to work until you're 65? By merely questioning that one assumption, you crack open the door to new possibilities. The question raises others, such as: Why did 65 become the default...
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17 Endangered Destinations to Visit Before They’re Gone Forever

It's easy to think travel can wait. But dozens of historical and natural wonders are deteriorating quickly. Eventually, some may be gone. From ancient ruins to picturesque islands to the Door to Hell itself, plan to travel to these irreplaceable endangered locations - before it’s too late.
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Military Retirement Pay & Pension Benefits (Explained)

Until recently, only career military personnel qualified for pensions. But everything changed in 2018. Thanks to the new blended retirement system, most service members qualify for some kind of benefit. But how does the new system work, and how does it affect lifers? Find out here.
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Financial Health Checkup: 15 Numbers You Need to Know

How well do you know your financial health? If you've ever tried to improve your fitness, you know the importance of goals and measurements. It's hard to lose weight without a diet, a scale, and...
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What It Means to Be “Underbanked” – 4 Accounts Everyone Should Have

Roughly a quarter of U.S. households are either "unbanked" or "underbanked," according to the FDIC. To be unbanked is to be without a checking or savings account at a licensed, FDIC-insured bank. The FDIC defines being...
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15 Warning Signs Your Fixer-Upper House May Be a Money Pit

Sometimes, buyers can score a great deal on fixer-uppers. Other times, it's the seller who scores a great deal - by dumping their money pit on an unsuspecting buyer. When you buy a fixer-upper, you...
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How the SECURE Act Affects Your Retirement & Estate Planning

In late December 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act). Many of the changes volleyed around Capitol Hill for years, and proponents tout it...
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Figure Review – A New Way to Get a Home Equity Line of Credit...

For decades, very little has changed when it comes to how homeowners borrow money. So it's impressive to find a tech-oriented lender that's truly disrupting the home loan industry. Founded in 2018, Figure uses blockchain technology and...
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What Is a SIMPLE IRA and How Is It Different?

Small companies tend not to offer 401(k) plans, given the administrative costs and headaches associated with them. So where does that leave employees and owners of small businesses who want retirement benefits? There's a type...
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9 Types of Real Estate Investments Compared

Interested in investing in real estate but feeling overwhelmed about where to begin? Any new investment is intimidating at first when you're still struggling to learn the vocabulary, challenges, risks, and rewards. But real estate...