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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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Real estate comes with incredible benefits for investors. As a source of passive income, it never dries up or matures, but instead provides ongoing income with no loss of assets. In fact, the underlying asset...
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Parents spend twice as much on their adult children as they invest for retirement. Where do the financial obligations of parenting end? For many parents, it’s clearly not when Junior turns 18. As a parent, it’s up to you to draw boundaries and give your adult child the push they need to become an independent grown-up. Here’s how you can wean your adult child off the Bank of Mom and Dad and get your own finances back on track.
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Everyone feels the temptation to try to time the market - the stock market, the housing market, any market. It's human nature to try to be cleverer than everyone else. And it's only the...
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There's no one-size-fits-all financial advice because everyone's financial priorities are different. And even when two people share similar financial goals, they can take several routes to reach the same destination. So how do you determine...
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