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 & Mortgages

    Is Crowdfunding Student Loans a Viable Option?

    More grads are trying to crowdfund student loans at sites such as GoFundMe. Does it work?
  2. Budgeting & Savings

    7 Ways to Save Money Next Year

    A few small changes to your spending habits could mean saving hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars in 2017.
  3. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Picking A Lender: Quicken Loans or a Local Bank?

    Online mortgage lender Quicken Loans has become known for its convenience and customer service. But brick-and-mortar banks offer benefits of their own.
  4. Retirement

    When Retirement's Getting You Down

    The secret to avoiding depression in retirement is to replace the social connections, steady routine and sense of purpose that your work life delivered.
  5. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    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.
  6. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Mortgage for a Manufactured Home? Try the FHA

    FHA loans are often a good alternative for those who have trouble obtaining a conventional mortgage, although you do have to pay an insurance premium.
  7. Retirement Savings

    The High Net Worth Guide to Social Security

    For well-off Americans, maximizing your net Social Security benefit requires a strategic approach. Work with a financial advisor to minimize your tax hit.
  8. High Net Worth Strategy

    The Best Way to Help Your Parents Buy a Home

    If your are thinking of assisting your folks with a home purchase, be sure you understand the financial consequences before you make any offers.
  9. Retirement

    6 Surprising Facts About Retirement

    With the shift away from pensions, workers are becoming more responsible for their own retirement needs. Unfortunately, many are falling short.
  10. Retirement

    6 Companies With Exceptional Retirement Plans

    These companies realize that it’s important to take care of their employees not only now but also in the future. Each offers a generous retirement plan.
  11. Retirement Savings

    Is the Middle Class Giving Up on Retirement?

    Americans aren't completely giving up on retirement, but many haven’t put away enough to take off at the traditional age of 65 (or Social Security's 66).
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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