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Kevin Mercadante

Kevin Mercadante

Since 2009, Kevin Mercadante has been sharing his journey from a washed-up mortgage loan officer emerging from the Financial Meltdown as a contract/self-employed “slash worker” – accountant/blogger/freelance web content writer – on Out of Your He offers career strategies, from dealing with under-employment to transitioning into self-employment, and provides “Alt-retirement strategies” for the vast majority who won’t retire to the beach as millionaires.

Kevin frequently discusses the big-picture trends that are putting the squeeze on the bottom 90%, offering work-arounds and expense cutting tips to help readers carve out more money to save in their budgets – a.k.a., breaking the “savings barrier” and transitioning from debtor to saver.

Articles by Kevin Mercadante

Opensky secured visa review

OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card Review 2024

The OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card can help you build or rebuild your credit. With this card, no checking account is required and no credit check will be performed.

discover bank review

Discover Bank Review 2024

Not only does Discover offer some of the very best credit cards, but Discover Bank pays high interest on savings accounts and a wide range of CD terms.

How Much Social Security Will I Get?

While it’s important to learn how to save and invest for retirement, it’s equally critical to learn how much Social Security you will get. Here’s how you can estimate that benefit.

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What Is Credit Card Purchase Protection?

Because so many transactions happen online, having purchase protection is more important than ever. Find out why here.

how many stocks should I own

Portfolio Diversification: How Many (& Which) Stocks Should You Own?

How many stocks do you have in your portfolio? Financial advisors generally recommend 20 to 30. But the specific number will depend on your investment goals and intended portfolio composition.

Best Long Term Investments

5 Best Long Term Investments To Add To Your Portfolio in 2023

Will the 2023 investment picture look like 2022? If not, you’ll need to be positioned in the best long-term investments for 2023.

chase bank review

Chase Bank Review 2024

Chase Bank offers some of the best credit cards in the industry. This can make it a natural choice as a personal bank for both checking and savings. When should you consider banking with Chase?

PNC bank review

PNC Bank Review 2024

PNC Bank is a full-service bank with a large network of branches, as well as online and mobile banking. It offers a wide variety of banking products.

Chase vs Bank of America

Chase vs. Bank of America: What Is The Right Choice for You?

Chase and Bank of America are two of the largest banks in the country, offering all banking services. Which should you choose based on checking, savings, CDs, and money market accounts?

Robinhood Review: Pros, Cons, and If It's The Right Platform for You

This review will provide a balanced evaluation of Robinhood, including a deep dive into the pros and cons of the broker’s app and whether it’s the right choice for you.

axos bank review

Axos Bank Review 2024

Axos Bank is a digital bank offering online and mobile banking as well as several investment options. If you want to bank where you invest, Axos is an option.

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A Timeline of the Biggest Stock Market Crashes in U.S. History

As bad as the current stock market downturn feels, it’s hardly one of the biggest market crashes in U.S. history. There are strategies to survive and thrive in whatever happens with the market.

Foreign transaction fees

Foreign Transaction Fees: What They Are and How to Avoid Them

Most credit cards charge foreign transaction fees, and they can add up with frequent foreign travel. You owe it to yourself to avoid paying them. Here are four ways to do it.

Does a Balance Transfer Hurt my Credit Score

Does a Balance Transfer Hurt my Credit Score

Used the right way, a balance transfer with a 0% APR is one of the best tools to reduce or eliminate high-interest credit card debt. But can balance transfers hurt your credit?

secured vs unsecured credit cards

Secured vs. Unsecured Credit Cards? What Is The Difference?

If you have fair or poor credit, you’ll have a choice of secured vs. unsecured credit cards. What is the difference between the two, and which will work best for you?

Merrick Bank credit cards

Best Merrick Bank Credit Cards 2024

If you have bad credit or little credit, Merrick Bank might be able to help you. This bank offers three different credit cards specifically designed to build or rebuild credit.

what is apr

What Is Annual Percentage Yield (APY) And How To Calculate It

There are two interest rates posted with nearly every interest-bearing instrument: interest rate and annual percentage yield (APY). APY is the most important to you as an investor. Here’s why.

How to avoid bank fees

Bank Fees: 9 Common Types and How to Avoid Them

Along with banking come fees. Here are nine of the most common types of bank fees and how to avoid them.

CIT Bank Review

CIT Bank Review 2024

CIT Bank is a major online bank, offering high rates on savings and shorter-term CDs. It can be an excellent choice if you’re looking for a bank to earn high interest on your savings.

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Mutual Fund Fees and Expenses for Beginners

Mutual fund fees and expenses are confusing. Funds with the lowest fees can improve your investment performance by thousands of dollars.

mutual fund expense ratio

What Is A Mutual Fund Expense Ratios And What Is A Good One?

Buried deep in your investment funds are costs known as expense ratios. If you understand what they are and how to minimize them, you can improve your investment performance dramatically.

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Can You Pay A Car Loan With A Credit Card?

Can you pay a car loan with a credit card? It’s possible, but only in limited circumstances. Here are the few situations where the practice makes sense.

How much is my car worth?

How Much Is Your Car Worth and What Are Your Options After Appraisal?

Ever wondered how much your car is worth? You can find out in a matter of minutes with an online car value estimator—they are quick, easy, and free to use.