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Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode is dedicated to a conversation with David Auten and John Schneider of the Queer…

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Your love for animals drove you to pursue a career as a veterinarian. But you’re less thrilled about your student loans, which are becoming increasingly common among those that work in veterinary medicine. Outstanding student loan debt is growing 4.5 times as fast as incomes for new veterinary school graduates, according to the American Veterinary […]

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Adding authorized users to your account can be both a blessing and a curse no matter which card you hold. It’s an easy way to keep track of all household spending in one place and a way to extend credit to someone who may not qualify on their own. However, it’s also a risk—ultimately, you’re […]

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At first sight, the (Terms apply. See rates & fees) and have little in common. One is a premium card with a hefty annual fee, while the other is a more practical option for everyday use. The two cards offer similar welcome and category bonuses and their corresponding loyalty programs overlap with their transfer partners. […]

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Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of commotion within the federal student loan system. Some of the changes offered welcomed relief to borrowers, such as the temporary pause on monthly payments and interest charges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But other long-term adjustments simply led to further confusion. One of […]

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Newly elected Federal Housing Administration (FHA) commissioner Julia Gordon is on a mission to help people access and retain affordable housing. But record-high home prices, extremely low inventory, high demand and rising mortgage rates have created a Herculean task. “We want to provide alternatives to plain, vanilla single-family housing,” says Gordon, in an exclusive interview […]

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The risk-free rate is the rate of return offered by an investment that carries zero risk. Every investment asset carries some level of risk, however small, so the risk-free rate is something of a theoretical concept. In practice, it’s considered to be the interest rate paid on short-term government debt. What Is the Risk-Free Rate? […]

Employees have it relatively easy when it comes to paying taxes. Their employer withholds taxes from each paycheck and sends the money to the federal (and sometimes state) government. Employees pay taxes on their income as they earn it—and generally hope to receive a refund at tax time. For independent contractors, paying taxes isn’t quite […]

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