09/17/2020

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How to Make Student Loan Refinancing a Cinch

For borrowers who are eligible, the decision to refinance student loans is typically a no-brainer. Not only does refinancing allow you to choose between lower monthly payments and a shorter payment term, but it also lets you consolidate your monthly bill and – most importantly – save a significant amount of money over the life of the loan.

But even if you’re excited about the idea of sticking it to your student loans, you may be concerned about how much work will be involved in the refinancing process. Which is understandable, given that most important financial transactions involve a mountain of paperwork and multiple calls to an unhelpful customer service center.

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Self-Employed? Here’s Why You Need a SEP IRA

Being self-employed is great: You have more freedom and flexibility, and working for yourself can be financially rewarding. As a self-employed person, you have another big opportunity: setting up a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA. With this move, you can potentially save even more for retirement than you could with a 401(k), and get started saving towards your biggest financial goal—financial independence.

A SEP IRA is ideal if you’re a successful professional with no employees who wants to shelter your income from taxes and invest for retirement. When you’re self employed and receive 1099 income, you pay both the employer and employee portions of Social Security and Medicare taxes. Contributing to a SEP reduces these along with federal and state income taxes. While it gives you the flexibility to decide how much you want to save each year, it also gives you much higher contribution limits than the $5,500 limit of a traditional IRA—and it can be just as easy to set up. It can be a powerful wealth management tool.

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13 Boss Pieces of Career Advice from Nicole Lapin

When it comes to negotiating and owning your career, Nicole Lapin has been around the block. She was one of the youngest anchors to ever join CNN, and went on to be business and finance correspondent for Morning Joe on MSNBC and The Today Show on NBC and Bloomberg Television. More recently, she’s published two New York Times bestsellers all about how she got to where she is today—Rich Bitch and Boss Bitch.

As part of Raise Week, which was launched to empower career professionals to promote themselves and negotiate for what they’re worth (more on that here), Lapin stepped in to offer her career advice to Twitter users during a Twitter chat hosted earlier this week. Here’s Nicole Lapin’s advice on how to step up and claim your raise as you navigate your career.

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