Lita Epstein

Lita Epstein, MBA, earned her Master’s degree at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, where she ran the accounting lab for MBAs and Executive MBAs. After completing her MBA, she worked as the associate director of development for The Carter Center and then as assistant manager of facilities management for the Emory clinics. She is the author of more than 35 books, including The Business Owner’s Guide to Reading and Understanding Financial Reports, Bookkeeping for Dummies, and Reading Financial Reports for Dummies.  Prior to earning her Master’s degree, Lita worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and press secretary for a U.S. Congressman. Lita earned her undergraduate degree in Community Development at Rutgers University. She continues to work as a volunteer for community development entities in the community in which she lives.

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  1. High Net Worth Strategy

    A Rent-to-Own Car: How It Works

    If your credit is bad, rent-to-own may be a better way to purchase a car than taking out a subprime loan.
  2. Retirement Living

    How to Plan Your Retirement in the Philippines

    The Philippines has a warm climate, a low cost of living and plenty of people who speak English. There are also safety concerns ...
  3. Retirement Savings

    Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Roth IRA

    Don't lose out on the benefits of a Roth IRA by contributing too much, breaking rollover rules or making other avoidable ...
  4. Retirement Savings

    How Are Dividends on IRAs Taxed?

    Reinvesting dividends in an IRA is a great way to grow your retirement funds faster, but be sure you understand the potential ...
  5. Social Security

    How Secure Is Social Security?  

    The 2017 Social Security Trustees Report shows the program is nowhere near bankruptcy. Even with no fix, reduced benefits ...
  6. Retirement Savings

    Top Reasons Not to Roll Over Your 401(k) to an IRA

    Five cases in which keeping your plan in place – or employing another non-IRA strategy – is the better move.
  7. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Best Ways to Repair Your Credit Score

    Follow these 6 steps and you'll be on your way to a better credit score.
  8. Real Estate

    Six Gentrifying Neighborhoods in Los Angeles

    If you want to own a home in L.A. that doesn't cost $1million, you might start your search in one of these neighborhoods.
  9. Real Estate

    The Best States for Buying Foreclosed Houses

    If you want a good deal, look at states with the most-favorable-to-buyers foreclosure laws.
  10. Retirement Savings

    How Much Are Taxes on an IRA Withdrawal?

    How much taxes you'll pay on IRA withdrawals depends on a variety of factors. Use this guide to plan ahead.
  11. Real Estate

    Which Real Estate Projects Will Transform NYC in 20 Years?

    From Wall Street to Yorkville in Manhattan, as well as in Brooklyn and Queens, learn the new NYC real estate projects that ...
  12. Real Estate

    How a Rebate Makes Buying a Home Less Expensive

    When you're looking for a new home, you can save thousands if you find a real estate broker willing to offer a rebate.
  13. Real Estate

    Pros and Cons of Investing in Energy-Efficient Buildings

    The pros and cons of investing in energy-efficient buildings: higher upfront costs; bigger long-term savings.
  14. Real Estate

    Small Homes or Big: Which Ones Give You More Return?

    In answer to the small vs. big home question, a smaller one tends to provide greater profit potential on your investment. ...
  15. Real Estate

    8 Things to Consider Before Buying a Two-Family House

    Renters can help cover the mortgage payments, but property location, price and privacy are just a few of the things to consider.
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