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. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. Mutual Funds

    PRHSX, FDGRX, PRDSX: Comparing Top Rated Mutual Funds

    Learn which mutual funds are the top rated, and compare each fund based on performance, ownership expenses, diversification ...
  9. Mutual Funds

    Top 3 Mid Cap Mutual Funds (RPMGX, JVMAX)

    Understand how investing in mid-cap mutual funds benefits overall asset allocation, and learn the best mid-cap mutual funds ...
  10. Mutual Funds

    TFSIX,HSSAX: Top 5 Financials Mutual Funds for 2016

    Understand the investment opportunities in the financial services sector, and learn about the best mutual funds for financial ...
  11. Mutual Funds

    VUVLX,FLVEX: Top 5 Large Cap Value Mutual Funds

    Understand the advantages of investing in large-cap value securities, and learn the best large-cap value mutual funds to ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. Mutual Funds

    FAVFX: The Top All Cap Value Mutual Funds

    Understand the benefits of investing in value stocks across all market cap categories, and learn the best all-cap value mutual ...
  14. Retirement Savings

    How do I calculate my Social Security break-even age?

    Learn why age plays an important role for when to start receiving Social Security income and how calculating break-even age ...
  15. What are common advantages of investing in large cap stocks?

    Learn what large-cap stocks are and how investors can benefit from common advantages of adding large-cap stocks to their ...
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