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8 Signs You're Not Building Wealth as Fast as You Think

No matter how eager you are to build long-term wealth, the path to get there is usually long and slow. Instead of becoming a millionaire overnight, the small steps you take every day — and with every paycheck — will snowball until enough time has passed to let compound interest thoroughly do its job. But are you living up to your financial potential? Now, that's a tough question to answer. You may be investing regularly and saving plenty of money, but that doesn't mean you're not also working against yourself. By Holly Johnson via Business Insider with contribution from Luis F. Rosa, CFP® EA

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5 Reasons Why You Don't Need to Be a Rockefeller to Have an Estate Plan

We typically hear the word “estate” and automatically associate it with the super wealthy. The truth is that most working families will likely benefit from having an estate plan in place. There are non-monetary things that can be taken care of via wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. Here are five reasons why you should consider establishing an estate plan even if you’re not super wealthy.

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Saving vs. Investing: Here Are the Key Differences for Managing Your Money

Saving and investing are both important, but they’re not the same thing. While both can help you achieve a more comfortable financial future, consumers need to know the differences and when it’s best to save and when it’s best to invest. The biggest difference between saving and investing is the risk versus the reward. Saving typically allows you to earn a lower return but with virtually no risk. In contrast, investing allows you to earn a higher return, but you take on the risk of loss in order to do so. By James Royal via Bankrate.com.

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5 Money Moves to Make Before You Turn 40

Turning the big 4-0 is a perfect time to reflect on how far you've come in life, the milestones you've surpassed, and the relationships you've built. But for some people — especially those who don't have their financial ducks in a row — it's a time when panic sets in. After all, turning 40 can make you painfully aware that time is running out to fix any financial mistakes you've made in the past. At the same time, you need to get serious about your money if you want to enjoy your golden years without financial stress. That's why financial advisers suggest a handful of money moves everyone should make before their 40th birthday. By Holly Johnson via Wisebread with contribution from Luis F. Rosa, CFP® EA

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