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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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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...
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Best Drones to Buy in 2020 (on Every Budget)

Remote control choppers have come a long way since you were a kid. Today, the industry for small remote control aircraft, or drones, is approaching $100 billion. Beyond toys and other consumer drones, the industry...
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27 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Saving More Money

The No. 1 key to building wealth is your savings rate. Your savings rate is the percentage of your income that you save, invest, or put toward debts. The higher your savings rate, the faster...
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How the Wealthy Think Differently About Money – Mindsets for Success

Money is a tool. Like any tool, you can wield it with great skill, or you can use it crudely. The self-made wealthy know not only how to wield it, but also how to use it...
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28 Best Travel Gift Ideas for Women (on Every Budget)

Looking for the perfect gift for a travel-loving lady? For the woman with wanderlust, you can't go wrong with these 28 travel gift ideas. They range from function to fashion, cute to kooky, and trivially...
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28 Best Travel Gift Ideas for Men (on Every Budget)

I spend 10 months of the year overseas. For months at a time, I live out of a suitcase, working full-time from my laptop while traveling internationally. And the following items are the ones I...