Melissa Horton

Melissa Horton

Melissa Horton is a financial literacy professional who is passionate about educating individuals, families and entrepreneurs about the power of smart money management and the importance of financial literacy. She has used her undergraduate degree in finance and her master's in marketing to establish and co-own a comprehensive financial planning firm in Washington, D.C. During her decade in the financial services and planning industry, Melissa has taught thousands of clients how to create and sustain financial health through better understanding what their money has the potential to do for them. In addition to working with clients, Melissa contributes content for a number of online and print resources focused on financial education. Follow her on Twitter and check out her posts on P2Binvestor and iGrad.

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  1. Estate Planning

    What is the difference between revocable and irrevocable intervivos trusts?

    Learn what an inter vivos trust is, the difference between an irrevocable and a revocable inter vivos trust, and why it is ...
  2. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    What types of liens are seen as good and which are bad for my credit?

    Understand what a lien is and what types of liens are most common for individuals, and learn which types of liens are good ...
  3. Retirement Savings

    How can I avoid paying taxes on my Social Security income?

    Learn how to calculate the percentage of Social Security income benefits that may be taxable and discover strategies to reduce ...
  4. Retirement Savings

    Using Your 401(k) to Pay Off a Mortgage: the Pros and Cons

    Learn the advantages and drawbacks of using assets accumulated within a 401(k) retirement savings plan to pay off your mortgage ...
  5. Estate Planning

    What is the difference between an inter vivos trust and a testamentary trust?

    Understand the differences between a testamentary trust and an inter-vivos (living) trust, and learn why each is important ...
  6. Retirement Savings

    Can I take my 401(k) in a lump sum?

    Understand your options as it relates to taking a lump sum distribution from a 401(k) plan, and learn the benefits and disadvantages ...
  7. Budgeting & Savings

    What are the requirements for opening a savings account in the United States?

    Understand what information and documentation is necessary to open a savings account within the United States, and learn ...
  8. Small Business

    The 4 Most Common Reasons a Small Business Fails

    Discover the most common reasons small businesses fail, including capital formation, management concerns, planning issues ...
  9. Retirement Savings

    What rate of return should I expect on my 401(k)?

    Learn which factors affect your 401(k) performance, and understand what a typical rate of return is for employer-sponsored ...
  10. Taxes

    What are the differences between regressive, proportional and progressive taxes?

    Regressive taxes are those that have a greater impact on low-income individuals. A proportional tax or flat tax impacts low-, ...
  11. Insights

    Why is business ethics important?

    No matter the size, industry or level of profitability of an organization, business ethics are one of the most important ...
  12. Markets & Economy

    What is the difference between preferred stock and common stock?

    Preferred and common stocks are different in two key aspects. First, preferred stockholders have a greater claim to a company's ...
  13. FA Profession

    The Pros & Cons of a Financial Advisor Career

    Discover what a career as a financial adviser entails, and learn what pros and cons an individual faces when embarking on ...
  14. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    How to Buy a House With a VA Loan

    Discover the process, requirements and eligibility for securing financing for a home purchase with a Veteran's Administration ...
  15. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    How the Southwest Credit Card Works: Benefits and Rewards (LUV)

    Learn how the Southwest Airlines rewards credit card options work, what travel rewards are offered and for whom the card ...
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