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. Credit & Loans

    Is it Worth Saving Up for a Bigger Down Payment?

    There are numerous low-down-payment mortgage options out there, but sometimes it makes sense to build up your savings so you can borrow less.
  2. Retirement

    IUL Insurance: An Alternative Retirement Plan?

    Indexed universal life insurance is the rise. But critics argue that wisely allocated IRA and 401(k) funds will normally offer better returns.
  3. Retirement

    When Is It Better To Forgo A Roth Account?

    Depending on how much you're currently earning, a traditional IRA sometimes offers more tax relief than its Roth counterpart.
  4. Credit & Loans

    Meet The Company Behind Your FICO Score

    There are other credit scores that evaluate lending risk, but FICO is still the choice of most U.S. lenders.
  5. Credit & Loans

    Cash Back, Miles or 0% APR: Comparing Card Perks

    Consumers have a lot of choice these days when it comes to credit card rewards, including cash back, airline miles and introductory periods of 0% APR.
  6. Credit & Loans

    Is An MIT Education Worth the Tuition?

    An education from MIT may look pricey on the surface, but the earning potential of graduates means it's usually a very solid investment.
  7. Personal Finance

    SAT Vs. ACT: 6 Key Differences

    While there's some overlap in content, the ACT and SAT exams have significant differences that students should consider before choosing which to take.
  8. Personal Finance

    GMAT or GRE: Is One Better for MBA Applicants?

    In prior years, those applying to an MBA program had to take the GMAT exam. Today, a growing number of universities accept the GRE as well.
  9. Personal Finance

    Is An MBA The Best Bet For Finance, Econ Students?

    An MBA offers a fairly comprehensive business education, while a master's program in finance or economics focuses on a more narrow set of skills.
  10. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The ABCs of Mortgage-Backed Securities ETFs

    ETFs focused on mortgage-backed securities, or MBS, offer an opportunity to further diversify the fixed-income portion of your portfolio.
  11. Retirement

    Tapping Retirement Funds Early – Without A Penalty

    The IRS offers several ways to skirt the 10% penalty on early retirement distributions.
  12. Taxes

    5 Smart Uses For Your Tax Refund

    Consider using the bulk of your refund to take care of long-term needs, like saving for retirement or college.
  13. Savings

    Why You Should Buy A Car Instead Of Leasing

    While leasing has certain advantages, buying a car tends to save you money in the long run and offers greater flexibility.
  14. Personal Finance

    What Gets You In Grad School: GPA Vs. Work History

    Grad schools usually take a holistic approach when evaluating applicants. That means it's a good idea to scrutinize every aspect of your application.
  15. Savings

    Is There a Way to Get Out of Your Car Lease Early?

    For those who no longer want their car for whatever reason, transferring the lease to an interested party can be a particularly appealing choice.
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