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. Social Security

    Social Security Announces Meager 0.3% COLA

    The Social Security cost-of-living adjustment is just 0.3% in 2017; advocates say senior inflation's much more. Result: Medicare costs will soar for some.
  2. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Not a U.S. Citizen? A Home Loan is Still Possible

    Many banks and mortgage companies offer conventional and FHA home loans to non-U.S. citizens, if they can verify their work history and financial status.
  3. Bonds / Fixed Income

    Will Bond Fund Returns Suffer if Interest Rates Rise?

    When the Fed decides to raise interest rates again, bond fund returns could suffer in the short term. But some say the impact may not be all that severe.
  4. Real Estate

    Are Retirement Villages a Good Investment?

    Demographic trends suggest that the days ahead are bright for retirement villages. But that doesn't mean they're foolproof investments.
  5. Budgeting & Savings

    How to Up Your Chances of Getting Student Aid

    Getting the best possible package for a college fund depends on minimizing assets and maximizing the energy you use to find possible funding sources.
  6. Income Tax

    Top 6 Reasons You Could Face a Tax Refund Delay

    Several factors could lead to a tax refund delay, such as having errors in your filing or claiming certain credits that are favored by the cheats.
  7. Real Estate

    What Foreign Buyers of U.S. Real Estate Need to Know

    Rising home prices and a strong dollar are making it tough for foreign buyers of U.S. real estate to pay cash. What to expect applying for home loans.
  8. Retirement Savings

    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.
  9. Retirement Savings

    New Rule Opens Door for State-Run Retirement Savings Plans

    The Department of Labor is enticing state governments to set up state-run retirement plans for private-sector workers, but some aren't happy with how.
  10. Retirement Savings

    When a 401(k) Hardship Withdrawal Makes Sense

    If you've exhausted all other avenues, there are ways to withdraw funds before age 59½ – sometimes without the 10% penalty that's usually due.
  11. Income Tax

    Protect Yourself From Tax Hackers

    By taking a few basic precautions, you can prevent tax hackers from stealing your Social Security number and claiming the refund that should be yours.
  12. Investing

    Why Money Market Funds Are Wooing Investors

    The rates on money market funds are higher than they've been in years. However, new regulations could bring some additional risks.
  13. Tax Deductions / Credits

    Good News for MBA Students Seeking a Tax Deduction

    A court's recent ruling in favor of a temporarily unemployed MBA candidate is giving hope to others seeking tax deductions for students.
  14. Politics & Money

    Why Trump and Clinton Want to Reinstate Glass-Steagall

    Both major-party platforms call for the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act. Whether the financial regulation would actually do any good is hotly debated.
  15. College Tuition

    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.
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