ABLEnow: Accounts for People with Disabilities

In 2005, my best friend Erika gave birth to a gorgeous baby boy she and her husband named Isaac. Fifteen months later, Isaac was diagnosed with autism. While the diagnosis offered the family some reassuring context for why Isaac reacted to the world the way he did, it was also a difficult time. It was clear that this baby's future would be different from what the family had hoped for him. Isaac is a teenager now. As a family … [Read more...]

How to Build Passive Income with Equity Crowdfunding

Passive income is the holy grail of personal finance. Earning money without having to hustle for it sounds like a pretty good deal. However, you might assume that passive income is only available to people higher up on the socio-economic ladder than you. If you're not in the financial position to become venture capitalist, you might think that you're going to have to toil for every dollar forever. In the past, it may have been … [Read more...]

3 Real Estate Crowdfunding Sites to Add to Your Investing Portfolio

  As many wealthy investors can tell you, real estate is a solid investment that can provide annual income as well as long-term growth. Unfortunately, buying real estate also requires quite a bit of upfront capital, as well as time, energy, and money for maintenance. Plus there is the risk of finding and keeping good tenants. Thankfully, individual investors no longer have to save up hundreds of thousands of dollars or … [Read more...]

35 of the Best Passive Income Apps for 2019

One of the best forms of income is passive income. That's because it flows in while you're busy doing other things. It can provide a valuable second income, that you can use to fund your retirement plan, get out of debt, or save up for your next vacation. Fortunately, there are dozens of passive income apps available. You can find one for just about any income venture you can think of. Some are truly passive--you invest money or … [Read more...]

Investing in Fine Art with Masterworks (Our Review)

My mother owned an art gallery for nearly 40 years, and I literally grew up surrounded by art. Because of my background in the art world, I was both intrigued and a little wary of this new investment platform. Masterworks allows regular joes to buy shares of art masterpieces as an investment. My personal finance side is excited to see a platform open up an asset class that is generally out of reach of the average investor. … [Read more...]

Betterment vs. Wealthfront: Which is the Better Robo-Advisor?

Betterment vs Wealthfront, these are the two largest and best known independent providers in the robo-advisor space. They’re also two of the earliest entries to the field. Because of that, they've evolved to the point where they have far more services than what is offered by the typical robo-advisor. Betterment and Wealthfront are often taken together when the topic is robo-advisors, and there are good reasons for that. The two … [Read more...]

M1 Finance Review: The Free Robo Advisor YOU Control

  If you've been fascinated with the idea of robo-advisors, but still prefer to go the do-it-yourself route, you need to check out M1 Finance. It’s a robo-advisor for sure, but one with a unique twist: you choose your own investments. That's the self-directed part. But once you choose your investments, you get all the benefits of a robo-advisor. M1 Finance then manages your portfolio for you, including periodic rebalancing and … [Read more...]

The Cash Flow Analysis for Our Rental Property (at Year End 2018)

It’s time once again to do our annual rental property cash flow analysis. To see previous years, visit the link at the bottom of the post. Twenty-eighteen was another challenging year for our rental property: 100% occupied (thankfully), new contract negotiations, and major water damage that ruined the wood floors! If you're new to my recaps, this is property is our old personal residence - a Frisco, TX townhome we purchased in … [Read more...]

Personal Capital vs Mint: Which is Better for Understanding Your Investments?

Are you looking to get more control over your financial situation? Personal Capital and Mint both give you an overview of your spending and investments but in different ways. Mint is mostly an aggregator and budgeting app, while Personal Capital is mainly an aggregator and investment management platform--but also offers limited budgeting capabilities. Let's take a look at both services in detail, and see which will work better … [Read more...]

Start Investing for Only $5 with Stash Invest (Our Review)

Many people have trouble getting started investing. There are often high balance requirements that make it difficult to even open an account, let alone actually start investing. If you’ve been having difficulty getting out of the investment starting gate, you can get plenty of help through an app known as Stash Invest. Stash will enable you to invest in fully constructed investment portfolios that are consistent with your own … [Read more...]

The Best Passive Income Ideas That Actually Work

If you're like me you're always in search of the best passive income ideas. Honestly, though, passive income sounds a little bit like a leprechaun: a mythical creature that provides you with money without you having to work for it. But passive income--otherwise known as residual income or investment income--is the real deal, unlike magical bearded men with pots of gold. I have several passive income streams going on in my own life … [Read more...]

My $10,000 Real Estate Crowdfunding Experiment with PeerStreet [Review]

Are you an accredited investor looking for a way to get involved in real estate investing without actually owning and managing a piece of property yourself? I have my own rental property, but I can't imagine taking on another one at this point. And the turnkey stuff either seems shady or too involved. So I've been looking at all of the various options, and asking some friends. Coach Carson, author of Retire Early with Real … [Read more...]