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"No Worries" by Jared Dillian Audiobook Review

For many people, money is a stressful topic they'd rather not even think about. And then, there are people like me who think about money often, while attempting to reduce anxiety about it in the process. Either way, when I saw the title of Jared Dillian's relatively recent book No Worries: How to Live a Stress-Free Financial Life, I was immediately interested. So, I cashed in one of my last...
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Book Review: 'Million Dollar Weekend' by Noah Kagan

I don't know about you, but my X timeline has been dominated by a recently released book for the past two weeks. That book is Million Dollar Weekend: The Surprisingly Simple Way to Launch a 7-Figure Business in 48 Hours by Noah Kagan (with Tahl Raz, which likely means he did most of the heavy lifting). Seeing how ubiquitous this book's green cover proved to be as I scrolled social...
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Book Review: "The Deficit Myth" by Stephanie Kelton

A couple of months ago, I reviewed Scott Santens' Let There Be Money. In that book, he mentioned The Deficit Myth from author Stephanie Kelton. Having enjoyed Santens' work overall, I decided to continue my education on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) by downloading Kelton's audiobook. Subtitled Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy, Kelton's book serves as a deep dive into the concept of MMT and how...
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"Gonzo Capitalism" Audiobook Review

As I've mentioned before, I fairly regularly look through Audible to find newly released finance audiobooks I might want to review. Not too long ago, I came across one I purchased nearly on sight: Gonzo Capitalism: How to Make Money in An Economy That Hates You by Chris Guillebeau. Released last summer, I'm not exactly sure how the book escaped me until now. Nevertheless, I'm glad I finally found it...
Let There Be Money

Book Review: 'Let There Be Money' by Scott Santens

For years, I've taken a strong interest in the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI). In turn, I've followed Scott Santens — a vocal UBI supporter and news source — on X. Yet, it was only a few weeks ago that I realized he had a book out: Let There Be Money: Understanding Modern Monetary Theory and Basic Income. What's more, on Amazon, a paperback copy of the book was...
Farnoosh Torabi standing next to a copy of "A Healthy State of Panic"

"A Healthy State of Panic" by Farnoosh Torabi Book Review

In my many years writing about money, I've seen the name Farnoosh Torabi plenty of times. From hosting the So Money podcast to writing books like When She Makes More to her numerous media appearances, she's easily one of the most recognizable figures in the personal finance community. That's why I was excited when I received an email bringing my attention to the fact that she had a new book...
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"The Year of Less" by Cait Flanders Book Review

I'm sure I'm the first person ever to mention that Twitter (or X) is both a blessing and a curse. For as much as I despise the discourse that comes from the platform, I've also met amazing friends from it as well. Furthermore, even though I'm not spending nearly as much time on the site as I once may have, I do occasionally see some nuggets pop up in my...
"Easy Money" by Ben McKenzie and Jacob Silverman

"Easy Money" Audiobook Review

My experience with cryptocurrency has been a bit complicated. While I've been interested in the technology for a handful of years, I never bothered to dive too deep into the topic. Similarly, while I'd buy a few dollars worth of Bitcoin and some other coins when they'd become available in apps like Robinhood, I'm pretty sure I've never owned more than a couple hundred dollars worth of crypto. That's something...
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A Guide to Building Credit and Increasing Your Credit Scores

When it comes to credit, there’s some good news. The average credit score in the United States has been steadily rising in recent years, coming in at 715 in 2023. That may be because, today, consumers not only have more ways to access their credit reports and scores than ever before but also because there are an increasing number of options that Americans have for building credit in the first...

2024 SoFi Checking and Savings Review

Ever since I started taking an interest in the FinTech sector, one company whose name I’ve seen pop up over and over again is SoFi. Lately it seems as though that theme has been sent into overdrive as the company has not only become a household name thanks to its stadium naming rights deal but also because of the company’s continued product expansions. The most interesting development in my mind...
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Brim Financial Raises $85 Million as It Eyes Global Expansion

Toronto-based FinTech infrastructure startup Brim Financial has announced a new funding round. About the round: Brim has revealed an $85 million round. The Series C was led by EDC Investments while new investor Vistara Growth and returning investors White Owl Group, Epic Ventures, and Zions Bank also participated. To date, the company has now raised $110 million including a Series B in 2021. According to Brim, the latest funding will...
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Chase Reveals Q2 2024 Freedom 5%(+) Bonus Categories

Chase has announced its bonus category picks for the second quarter of 2024 — including some interesting twists. About the categories: As April approaches, Chase has revealed what categories Freedom and Freedom Flex cardholders can earn bonuses on. From April 1st through June 30th, customers can earn 5% (or more) in three categories: Amazon.com, Hotels, and Restaurants. Similar to how Chase embraced a "New Year, New Me" theme last quarter,...
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Bilt Announces Home Collection Deal for May 2024 Rent Day

For May's Rent Day, Bilt is offering a deal that will allow members to decrease their rent bill while also adding to their home decor. About the Home Collection offer: Bilt has crafted a unique Rent Day offer for May 2024. Through the 1st, when Bilt members redeem their points toward rent payments, they'll receive the same number of points to be used toward Bilt Home Collection items. To take...