Personal Finances

Should I Pay Off My Student Loan Debt Early?

Like many Americans, I accumulated student loan debt during college. While it’s been years since I was in school and the balance has diminished, it’s still non-zero today. I could have dispatched them years ago but didn’t. However, now I’m giving some serious thought to it in order to simplify my personal finances. Comparing Interest… Continue reading Should I Pay Off My Student Loan Debt Early?

Personal Finances · Travel

Avoid Foreign ATM Fees Using Fidelity’s Cash Management Account

During our family’s study abroad in Spain, one logistic I took on was getting cash for minor purchases that couldn’t be done via credit card. My goal was to avoid paying excessive foreign exchange or ATM fees. P2P Exchange Rates – 0% The first stop on the road to cash was a little unexpected. After… Continue reading Avoid Foreign ATM Fees Using Fidelity’s Cash Management Account

401(k) · Personal Finances · Retirement · Roth IRA

Is my 401(k) balance too high?

[As with anything tax-related, see my disclaimers.] You’re following the advice to max out your pre-tax contributions to 401(k) and Traditional IRA accounts. You notice the balances creeping up and you start to wonder, is there a point when you’ve saved too much in those tax advantaged accounts? Or, as Jeremy over at GoCurryCracker poses… Continue reading Is my 401(k) balance too high?

Parenting · Personal Finances · Roth IRA

Matching your child’s Roth IRA Contributions

[As with anything tax-related, see my disclaimers.] I first heard the phrase “Roth IRA” as a graduate student.  Jim, a fellow graduate student, and I were talking about saving and investing and he told me about his Roth IRA account.  I was 25 years-old at the time, and I remember feeling that I had missed… Continue reading Matching your child’s Roth IRA Contributions