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A Quick Beginner’s Guide To Finance and Savings

Mortgage rates, 401(k), IRA, credit scores, yikes! So many questions with so many scenarios. Even with a college degree, these concepts that force us into adulthood can seem puzzling. THANK GOODNESS for Mathew Zeitlin, Buzzfeed News Reporter, for simplifying these concepts and giving advice for grabbing adulthood by the horns!

 

 

What is the difference between a 401(k) and an IRA? Is one better than the other?

The main difference between a 401(k) and an IRA is who administers it. Your employer can run a 401(k) plan that you choose to sign up for, while an IRA is managed individually.

With 401(k) plans, you can contribute up to $17,500 in pre-tax income to your 401(k) and your employer can match your contributions. This is as close to free money as you can get and is by far the best deal in personal finance. Income on a 401(k) is pre-tax, meaning that for what you contribute up to the limit, your income for tax purposes goes down.

IRAs, on the other hand, have nothing to do with your employer. You have to sign up for one yourself through a bank or brokerage. Traditional IRAs have a similar tax advantage to 401(k) plans, but a lower contribution limit ($5,500).

 

So, how exactly does a credit score work?

There are five main factors to your credit score.

1)The first is payment history, which is a record of whether or not you’re paying your debts on time.

2)The second largest component is how much you owe, or “credit utilization.” Large balances, at or near your credit limit, hurt your credit score.

3)The third is how long you’ve had credit.

4)There’s also what’s known as the credit mix, which accounts for only 10% of the score.

5)And finally there’s “new credit,” which is a little more vague, but it’s basically bad to open a bunch of different lines of credit in a short time period.


 

Original Source:http://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewzeitlin/what-every-millennial-needs-to-know-about-saving-and-finance#.es6xgWeVe

Top 3 Credit Card Habits Every Twenty-Something Must Have!

A lot of times, habits are formed unconsciously and easily but take maximum effort to break. However, these habits are crucial to learn early on so bad practices don’t get in the way and you can reap the benefits of them in the future; because credit card debt is way overrated…

Educate Yourself

Credit isn’t the sort of thing you want to experiment with until you get it right — it’s a lot easier to kill your credit health than it is to fix it. You only get one chance to build your credit history from scratch, so before you begin, it’s important to get educated on the basics, like what factors go into your credit score and how to read your credit report.

Pay Your Bills On Time

Making timely payments is one of the best ways for consumers to build credit. Since your credit score is meant to measure how likely you are to repay debts in a timely manner, your on-time payment percentage is often one of the most highly-weighted factors used to calculate your score. Just one late payment could hurt your credit health for years.

Build An Emergency Fund

According to a February Bankrate survey, 21% of 18 to 29 year olds have more credit card debt than they have in their emergency fund. This is problematic because emergencies do happen. If you don’t have any money saved up and get into an accident or need emergency service done on your car, your inability to pay those bills could wreck havoc on your credit

 

Read more at: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2015/03/26/5-smart-credit-habits-to-start-in-your-20s#ixzz3dZLrCsbc