Daniel Kurt

Daniel Kurt is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of well known media outlets. His professional interests include educating everyday investors, covering interesting business trends and interviewing some of North America's most dynamic executives. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Communication.

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  1. Retirement

    Is the New myRA Plan Right for You?

    The new myRA accounts seem to deliver on their promise of being “simple, safe and affordable.” Just be prepared for paltry annual returns.
  2. Retirement

    Should Social Security Be Privatized?

    The idea of controlling your own retirement money is one that continues to hold appeal for a large segment of voters.
  3. Savings

    Should You Look at 529 Plans Outside Your State?

    529 savings plans are not restricted by geography. So if your in-state offering has high fees or poor investment choices, look elsewhere.
  4. Retirement

    Get More Access to Work-Based Retirement Plans

    Some ideas to create more options for Americans who don’t have – or don't take advantage of – a retirement plan through their place of work.
  5. Investing

    Protect Your Creations--Register Your Trademark

    Federally registering your brand name or logo offers the broadest protection against potential trademark infringement.
  6. Retirement

    Millions on Medicare Face a Spike in Premiums

    For 7 million Americans on Medicare, premiums could have increased by a whopping 52% in the coming year. Here are the actual numbers.
  7. Entrepreneurship

    5 Barriers Small Businesses Must Overcome

    Small businesses can be nimble and innovative, but larger ones have name recognition, can raise capital and have other advantages that are hard to beat.
  8. Credit & Loans

    5 Signs You Need a New Credit Card

    High interest rates, hefty annual fees and poor customer service are among the indications that you have a bad credit card.
  9. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Picking Mutual Funds: What Matters Most

    Don't focus too much on a mutual fund's recent returns. To pick a winner, look at how well it is poised for future success, not how it did in the past.
  10. Insurance

    Who Should Be Your Life Insurance Beneficiary?

    It might seem logical to just name your young children, but doing so can have undesirable consequences. Here are some better ways to plan.
  11. Savings

    Saving for College: Life Insurance or 529?

    College is costly, and choosing the right savings plan is an important decision. Picking a life insurance policy or 529 plan depends on your risk profile.
  12. Home & Auto

    Is Making Your Home ‘Smart’ A Dumb Idea?

    Remote-controlled devices and home systems could allow hackers to penetrate your sensitive data, not to mention your premises.
  13. Retirement

    It's Open Enrollment: Move to Medicare Advantage?

    Oct. 15 - Dec. 7 is the time (after joining) to switch from Medicare's flexibility to the often broader coverage or lower cost of Medicare Advantage.
  14. Investing News

    Is The Internet of Things a Good Investment?

    Investing in the Internet of Things in a targeted way means picking individual stocks. So be prepared: It's a high-risk, high-reward undertaking.
  15. Home & Auto

    5 Smart Devices That Are Transforming Our Homes

    The automated, voice-controlled home of the future is here! These devices put you in greater control of your own home (and its costs) than ever before.
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