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August 8, 2017

As Vietnamese Americans we are often taught cash is king as we have memories of our moms carry wads of cash when traveling to other countries.  We also have fears ATM machines may not accept our cards or we don't want to incur extra foreign transaction fees or credit c...

December 15, 2016

Disclaimer: This is how I am thinking of investing my money, not necessarily how I think you should do it. I’m not a CFA nor do I have a certified title. Everyone is different in their investing philosophy. Please do your due diligence.

You go to school, get a degree, a...

October 7, 2016

The most difficult task when setting up a budget is adhering to it.

In general, you should not spend more than 50% of your income on fixed expenses. Here are some fixed expenses:

  • Rent/Mortgage and property taxes

  • Utilities

  • Car loan

  • Insurance

  • Cell p...

September 24, 2016

One of the old sayings is “Money is the root of all evils,” so should we teach our kids about money?

For my family and most Vietnamese Americans, we consider money as a taboo topic. For example, if you earn a lot of money, you should not talk about it or you try to be v...

July 22, 2016

Brexit was the biggest news last month even though it’s probably nothing compared to Pokemon GO.

On June 23, 2016, 52% of Britain voted to exit the European Union. This event threw the world's financials into turmoil. The Dows dropped 3%. The British pound fell to its l...

July 19, 2016

So you want to rent a car for your next trip. Where do you start?

Most travel websites will require a payment up front when you book a reservation. The following resources do not.

Autoslash is a website which does all the work for you.

  • They will find the best coupon c...

June 27, 2016

A credit report contains your personal information, status of your credit accounts, and loan payments history. It also has public information about you, credit inquiries, and contacts for dispute in case you find incorrect information.

Lenders use these reports to make...

June 27, 2016

We all hear about credit scores. But what exactly is a credit score?

A credit score represents one’s credit worthiness. There are three credit reporting agencies in the U.S and they have their own analysis based on Fair Isaac Corporation FICO method.


Here is a pie chart...

June 24, 2016

Yesterday was a historical day for Britain as it decides to leave the European Nation. This was a decision that affected their currency in a significant way. The British pound is down by 9% compared to Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

We see this as a window of opportunit...

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