Miranda Marquit

I've been writing about money on the internet since 2005. My specialties include investing, retirement, and long-term financial planning. I have an M.A. in Journalism and an MBA. When not writing, I enjoy playing board games with my son, reading, travel, and the outdoors.

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9 Ways to Earn Extra Income With Your Home

on June 28, 2021

You might be surprised at how much money you could make off your property.

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Never Buy These 11 Things at a Thrift Store

on June 25, 2021

Sometimes a great deal is not worth it — or, even worse, is dangerous.

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8 Types of Companies That Look at Your Credit Report

on June 10, 2021

Federal law lets these entities peek at your credit — regardless of whether you’re borrowing money.

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11 Home Upgrades With the Best Payback in 2021

on June 1, 2021

These remodeling projects offer the best return on investment.

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16 States With the Worst Rates of Health Insurance

on March 30, 2021

These are the states with the biggest share of residents who reported having no health coverage at all.

Woman shocked by her tax rate
States With the Highest and Lowest Overall Tax Rates

on March 29, 2021

Your state’s effective tax rate includes a lot more than income taxes.

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26 States That Won’t Tax Your Social Security This Year

on February 25, 2021

These states don’t tax any residents’ Social Security income whatsoever.

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Americans’ Top 7 Retirement Priorities for Biden and Congress

on February 24, 2021

A survey reveals the concerns on the minds of today’s workers, and how they want the government to address them.

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8 Key Steps to Planning for Retirement as a Couple

on February 11, 2021

Ready for retirement? Not so fast. You might be surprised at some of the issues that come up for couples when they plan.

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The Best and Worst States for Raising a Family in 2021

on January 26, 2021

These states have big advantages or disadvantages when it comes to choosing a home for your family.

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6 Surprising Benefits of Not Retiring When Your Spouse Does

on December 28, 2020

Couples can reap substantial rewards by staggering their retirement timing.

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States That Depend Most and Least on Federal Funding

on September 14, 2020

Some states and their residents rely more heavily on the federal government than others. Where is your state on this list?

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The Top 9 Ways Americans Are Spending Their Stimulus Money

on September 9, 2020

Federal data reveals how Americans used or plan to use their coronavirus stimulus payments.

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The Top 10 Reasons Baby Boomers Are in Debt

on September 7, 2020

The most common type of debt among older adults might surprise you.

Couple protecting their finances during the pandemic
8 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Savings During the Pandemic

on August 24, 2020

Be fierce in guarding your retirement savings. Years from now you’ll be thankful you did.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Finances From Home Today

on July 29, 2020

Take these actions to better manage your money during the pandemic.

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3 Good Things About Recessions

on June 29, 2020

We don’t wish difficulty on anyone, but there can be an upside to a down cycle.

Earn a Better Return on Your Cash While Doing Good With This Account
Earn a Better Return on Your Cash While Doing Good With This Account

on June 22, 2020

This account offers cash back on purchases, a better interest rate than the national average and a way to be more socially responsible with your money.

The 15 Fastest-Growing Cities in America — and 5 That Shrank
The 15 Fastest-Growing Cities in America — and 5 That Shrank

on June 4, 2020

One state especially has more than its share of rapid growth.

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The 10 States With the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions

on May 27, 2020

Sick of being locked up with nowhere to go? Try visiting one of these states, which have the fewest COVID restrictions.

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