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G. Brian Davis

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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11 Best Places to Open an IRA Account – Brokerages for Traditional & Roth

The IRA remains a staple of American retirement planning. Unlike employer-sponsored accounts, you fully own and control the account, and it doesn’t change based on your employment. If you don’t have an IRA yet, there’s no time like the present to learn what your options are.
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Types of Tax-Advantaged Accounts for Retirement, Education & Healthcare

Savvy taxpayers can slash their tax bill using a range of tax-sheltered accounts, but these can seem confusing and often sound alike. Which combination of retirement accounts, education accounts, and health savings accounts can help you save on your tax bill? Read on to learn more.
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8 Best Stock Picking Services of 2020

Investors seeking an edge often look for individual stocks that will beat the market. Although some research stocks themselves, others prefer to lean on equities experts to analyze stocks for them. What are the best stock-picking services available? Read on for our list.
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Investing in Real Estate – What You Need to Know to Get Started

Investing in real estate takes more effort on your part than investing in paper assets. But for that extra effort, there are many benefits, ranging from immediate passive income to enormous tax breaks. Interested in trying your hand at real estate investing? Start with these fundamentals.
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12 Ways to Increase Rental Income From Your Vacation Home

If you’ve bought a vacation rental property or are thinking about investing in one, you’ll want to maximize your income from it. But how? Here are some proven ways to boost your income from your vacation rentals, including several that won’t cost you a dime.
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Buying a Vacation Home as an Investment Rental Property – Pros & Cons

It sounds so sexy: buy a vacation rental property to rent out for most of the year, and occasionally use it yourself just for fun. But many new vacation rental owners are surprised by just how many expenses they incur as a landlord. Here’s what you need to know before buying a short-term rental property.
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How Much of a Down Payment Do You Need When Buying a House?

There are three schools of thought on how best to pay for a home: borrow as much as possible, put 20% down, or put as much down as you can or pay in cash. There are pros and cons for each strategy. Which is right for you, and what steps can you take to afford a home faster? Read on to find out.
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How to Become a Digital Nomad – Travel While Working Remotely Online

Technology has made it easier than ever to work remotely while living anywhere in the world. Does your ideal lifestyle involve becoming a digital nomad or laptop entrepreneur? Follow these steps to untether your life from a specific location, and start writing your own rules for how you live and work.
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11 Recession-Proof Stocks & Investments That Protect You From Downturns

Are you worried about a recession wreaking havoc on your portfolio? If the specter of an upcoming recession spooks you, then forget about high-volatility equities such as penny stocks. Even solid blue chip stocks often take a nosedive during recessions. Instead, start looking into recession-proof — or at least recession-resistant — investments that can reduce risk in your portfolio and emerge from the storm even stronger.
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6 Ways to Prevent Emotional Investing That Can Devastate Your Returns

Studies show that emotion undermines the average investor’s returns. But removing emotion from your investing decisions is easier said than done. Implementing these steps will help you combat the powerful emotional impulses that can wreak havoc on your returns.
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States With the Lowest Overall Tax Burden (Income, Property & Sales)

State and local taxes in the U.S. add up to real money. There’s a huge difference between the highest-taxed states and the lowest. If you’re considering where to set down roots or looking to move to a lower cost-of-living area, read on to learn which states offer the lowest tax rates.
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12 Best Online Stock Brokers & Trading Platforms for Beginners

Whether you’re a student with under $1,000 to your name or a working adult who simply hasn’t taken the plunge to open a brokerage account and start investing, there’s no better time than the present to start catching up. And these are the best brokerage accounts for beginners.