We published more than 2,000 personal-finance stories this year. Here are 10 of the most read.
Hello!What a year it's been. We launched this newsletter in September to deliver money inspiration and guidance straight to your inbox.
But first, a recap of 2020: We published more than 2,000 personal-finance stories about everything from
-Tanza Loudenback, Personal Finance Insider correspondent and certified financial planner
10 of our most-read stories of the year
2. My dad retired comfortably at 54 thanks to a simple savings rule. Now I'm using that same rule to take time off work to raise my kids.Several of our contributors wrote this year about how their parents, in-laws, uncles, and other relatives' financial behaviors shaped their own. This story by Katie Oelker was a hit.
Writer Jen Glantz figured out how to create passive income streams that don't take up a ton of her time (or money) beyond the initial setup.
4. Other landlords may think I'm foolish because I've barely raised my tenants' rent in 10 years, but there are 3 reasons I know I've made the right choice
Readers were incredibly interested in real-estate investing this year. This story by writer Holly Johnson bucking a conventional rule struck a chord.
6. For years banks have asked for 20% down on a mortgage, but cash-strapped Americans are buying homes with less
In this story first published pre-pandemic, Knueven asks homebuyers and realtors: Is the 20% down payment rule dead?
7. I'm a financial planner, and there are only a few situations where I recommend homeownership to my clients
Financial planner Chloe A. Moore went from renting to owning a home and back again. In this story, she explains why homeownership for most people should be a lifestyle decision, not an investment.
9. I used an old savings trick to stash $5,000 in my emergency fund in less than a year, and I'd recommend the strategy to anyoneIn a year when emergency funds became a hugely valuable asset, writer Jackie Lam explains how she combined hyper-frugality with a tried-and-true automatic savings method to build hers.
10. I'm an attorney and have $50,000 in my retirement account. My white attorney friend has $1 million in hers - and it's not because she went to a better school.
In this deeply personal account of systemic racism, writer and lawyer Lynette S. Hoag says she's living proof of the racial wealth gap.Enjoying this newsletter and want to recommend it to a friend? Here's a sign up link.
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