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Articles by Melissa Brock

Melissa Brock
Melissa Brock

While working in college admission, Melissa Brock pursued a freelance writing and editing career. She currently works as a full-time freelance writer and financial editor covering higher education, investing, personal finance, mortgages, college savings, insurance, and more. 

She developed her website, College Money Tips, to help families navigate the college journey. She connects with a wide-reaching audience through her site, through an upcoming digital course, and the myriad of publications for which she writes. Melissa graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in communication studies with minors in psychology and Spanish from Central College. She's a longtime member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Contact Melissa Brock via email at [email protected]

Do You Need a Financial Advisor Before the End of the Year? Here’s How to Know for Sure
Do You Need a Financial Advisor Before the End of the Year? Here’s How to Know for Sure
November 26th, 2021  7:00 AM

Have you reflected on what went well and what didn't go so well with your finances this year? Do you need to get a financial advisor's help before 2021 winds down?

Did You Forget to Ask these 8 Money Questions During College Visits?
Did You Forget to Ask these 8 Money Questions During College Visits?
November 24th, 2021  7:00 AM

It's Thanksgiving — right when you think college visits have wound down. Not so fast. Have you asked these 8 important college money questions?

Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow: Is it a Trap, and Have You Fallen into It?
Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow: Is it a Trap, and Have You Fallen into It?
November 23rd, 2021  7:00 AM

A quote long attributed to Confucius: “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life." Is that a load of baloney or not?

Do You Have Financial Wellness Down Pat? Here
Do You Have Financial Wellness Down Pat? Here's What You Need to Know This Holiday Season
November 22nd, 2021  7:00 AM

Financial wellness might be crucial during the holiday season. Having a sense of peace about your money might mean that you can relax about everything else and actually enjoy the holidays. 

Ready to Retire? 3 Simple Financial Signs for Anyone (at Any Age!)
Ready to Retire? 3 Simple Financial Signs for Anyone (at Any Age!)
November 19th, 2021  1:00 AM

Thinking about retirement? Whether you're 30, 40 or 60, you must evaluate these three things — no ifs, ands or buts.

Disaster Prep Plan at the Ready? If You
Disaster Prep Plan at the Ready? If You're Not Prepared, it Could Cost You
November 18th, 2021  5:30 AM

Not disaster prepped? You might think the Atlantic hurricane season or wildfire season is history for another year, but now's the best time to prepare your finances — and yourself.

Need Retirement Savings Motivation? 7 Tips to Help You Boost Your Savings, No Matter Your Age
Need Retirement Savings Motivation? 7 Tips to Help You Boost Your Savings, No Matter Your Age
November 10th, 2021  5:00 AM

Sometimes, we all need a little motivation, especially when it comes to saving for retirement. Let's take a look at some ways to boost your willingness to save.

Think You
Think You'll Bump Up a Tax Bracket? Here's What to Do
November 9th, 2021  6:00 AM

Paralyzed with nerves because you think you've made more than usual this year? Here's what to do if you think you're going up a tax bracket.

There Are Downsides to Making a Lot of Money — Do You Agree?
There Are Downsides to Making a Lot of Money — Do You Agree?
November 8th, 2021  6:00 AM

Downsides to making a lot of money? What? Believe it or not, you can tap into several pitfalls of being wealthy. Let's walk through a few.

What Should You Do with Your Year-End Salary Increase? Raise Your Retirement Contribution. Here
What Should You Do with Your Year-End Salary Increase? Raise Your Retirement Contribution. Here's Why
November 5th, 2021  6:00 AM

What's the first thing you should do when you get a salary increase (besides high-five your cube mate)? Head to your HR office or up your retirement contribution online. Here's why.

Getting Married? Here
Getting Married? Here's How to Merge Your Complex Assets
November 4th, 2021  5:45 AM

Have you talked with your partner about big financial assets, like property and large stock portfolios? Here's what you need to do before you say "I do."

Burning Mortgage Question: Should You Retire, Then Pay Off Your Mortgage?
Burning Mortgage Question: Should You Retire, Then Pay Off Your Mortgage?
November 3rd, 2021  7:00 AM

What to do with that mortgage? Many soon-to-be retirees wonder whether they should pay it off, but what about current retirees? Here's how you can make that determination.

How to Get a Fresh Look at Your Finances: Because "That
How to Get a Fresh Look at Your Finances: Because "That's the Way I've Always Done It" is a Silent Killer
November 2nd, 2021  4:30 AM

Business owners shun the words, "Because we've always done it that way," and investors should, too. Here's why.

Getting a Raise Doesn
Getting a Raise Doesn't Guarantee Your Long-Term Financial Success. Here's Why and How You Can Fix It
November 1st, 2021  6:00 AM

Can't wait for the good news at year end about your raise or promotion? Think it'll solve all your financial problems? Well, maybe not.

Retirement Savers, What
Retirement Savers, What's Holding You Back from Saving All You Can?
October 29th, 2021  4:00 AM

Why can't you max out your 401(k) or other retirement plan? Maybe you really can and you have no idea. Let's take a look at a few common excuses and how to combat them.

Do You Believe Giving Attracts Wealth? Many Millionaires Do. Here
Do You Believe Giving Attracts Wealth? Many Millionaires Do. Here's How to Make it Work for You
October 28th, 2021  7:00 AM

Giving attracts wealth, or so many millionaires believe. Before #GivingTuesday, here's what you need to know about giving and living like a millionaire.

Got Only Long-Term Investments on the Brain? Hold up. Here
Got Only Long-Term Investments on the Brain? Hold up. Here's Why You Should Plan for Short-Term Investments as Well
October 27th, 2021  6:20 AM

If you're a planner, you may worry more about your long-term investments than your short-term investments. Here's why you need to consider short-term investments, too.

If You Don
If You Don't Watch Out, These 3 Tax Issues Could Blow Up Your Retirement
October 26th, 2021  5:30 AM

Worried about how taxes will decimate your nest egg? Yep, it can blow it to smithereens. Take a few tips from this piece and apply them to your situation.

Have a Plan for Your Year-End Bonus? It
Have a Plan for Your Year-End Bonus? It's a Good Idea to Plan Now
October 25th, 2021  1:00 AM

Your bonus is coming! Why not have a plan for it way in advance — in October? If you make a plan for that money ahead of time, you might find other (better) ways you'd like to apply it.

Received Extra Cash? Should You Invest or Pay Off Debt? 
Received Extra Cash? Should You Invest or Pay Off Debt? 
October 22nd, 2021  5:35 AM

Have you come into some money and now face the eternal conundrum: Pay off debt or invest? That's a tough one, but you do have options.

Having More than Once Source of Income Can Make You Rich. Here
Having More than Once Source of Income Can Make You Rich. Here's How to Make it Happen
October 21st, 2021  4:00 AM

Millionaires have hit the nail on the head: They have more than one income stream. If it's the secret to success, let's find out how to make it work for you.

Afraid of Making Poor Money Moves? Use Psychology to Predict Your Financial Behavior
Afraid of Making Poor Money Moves? Use Psychology to Predict Your Financial Behavior
October 20th, 2021  6:30 AM

Worried about your human nature working against you when investing? Here's how you can avoid making poor money moves before you make them.

Don
Don't Know Your Next Stock Move? Turn to Stocks of Companies You Know and Love
October 19th, 2021  6:10 AM

What do you know that others don't? Do you have a job or special interest that can give you an edge on investing? Take a look at what's right in front of you.

Want to Be a Super Saver? Here
Want to Be a Super Saver? Here's What Super Savers Do and What We Can All Learn (no Matter Our Income Level) 
October 18th, 2021  8:15 AM

What's going on in those big super saver brains? Let's find out.

Are You Prepared for a Major Medical Crisis? Here
Are You Prepared for a Major Medical Crisis? Here's How a Crisis Can Affect You Financially
October 16th, 2021  5:30 AM

Nobody likes to assume they'll face a health crisis, but it could happen. Are you prepared financially?

It
It's Time to Challenge These 4 "Old Rules" About Saving for Retirement. Do You Agree?
October 14th, 2021  6:05 AM

Can you think of a few old wives' tales? Catching a cold if you go outside in winter without a coat, waiting 30 minutes to swim after you eat... Some financial advice sounds a lot like that. Here's what you can do so you don't fall into a trap.

Tired of the Daily Grind? How to Financially Prepare to Take a Sabbatical from Work
Tired of the Daily Grind? How to Financially Prepare to Take a Sabbatical from Work
October 13th, 2021  6:10 AM

Ready for some personal and professional rejuvenation? Learn how to prepare financially for a sabbatical, whether your company will embrace one or not.

Why Some Experts Say Budgeting Doesn
Why Some Experts Say Budgeting Doesn't Help You Build Wealth. Have You Fallen into the Budgeting Trap?
October 12th, 2021  6:04 AM

What's the common answer to "How do I manage my money?" Budgeting. But why? Whoever said, "I budgeted my way to $1 million?" Let's explore the downsides to budgeting and why it keeps you from getting ahead.

6 Reasons Why Some Experts Say Owning a Home Messes Up Your Finances
6 Reasons Why Some Experts Say Owning a Home Messes Up Your Finances
October 11th, 2021  8:00 AM

When you need to make a decision between buying a home or never buying a home, it's a good idea to do some simple math. Let's explore why.

Do You Job Hop? Of Course it Can Affect Your Portfolio. Here
Do You Job Hop? Of Course it Can Affect Your Portfolio. Here's How
October 11th, 2021  4:00 AM

How much do you job hop? Whether you're dissatisfied by potential opportunities with a particular job, don't enjoy the cultural fit of a company or simply don't like the work, it can affect both your short- and long-term savings.

Have You Made These Year-End Tax Moves? Here
Have You Made These Year-End Tax Moves? Here's How to Keep More of Your Money
October 8th, 2021  1:00 AM

Can't believe it's already the second week of October? As you're putting out your Halloween decor, consider these year-end tax moves to save. The end of the year will approach faster than a rollercoaster.

Retired, but Returning to Work? Here
Retired, but Returning to Work? Here's How it'll Impact Your Bottom Line
October 7th, 2021  8:04 AM

Think retirement is for the birds? Here's what to think about if you're considering putting your suit back on and heading back into the office.

Most People Who Achieve Their Retirement Goals Are Good at These 6 Things
Most People Who Achieve Their Retirement Goals Are Good at These 6 Things
October 5th, 2021  6:10 AM

What do successful retirement savers have in common? Well, they all have at least 55% to 80% of their preretirement income saved. But how do they get there? Let's find out.

Here
Here's What You Need to Do to Get More Financial Aid for College. It Could Hurt Your Finances if You Don't
October 4th, 2021  1:00 AM

Can you pinpoint one of the most important ways to qualify for financial aid for college? Here's one thing you can do, starting today!

You
You've Got a Complicated Financial Life. Find Out if You Should Ditch Your Robo Advisor for a Human
October 1st, 2021  6:32 AM

When your financial life gets complex, you might need a human on your side. Let's find out why.

Got a Loved One in Your Life Who
Got a Loved One in Your Life Who's Behind on Retirement Savings? Here's How to Help
September 30th, 2021  6:37 AM

Need to broach the retirement savings conversation with a loved one? Don't shrink back and say it's "none of your business." What you have to say could save your loved one's financial life.

Tired of Watching Prices Rise? Here
Tired of Watching Prices Rise? Here's How You Can Beat Inflation on Your Own
September 29th, 2021  5:30 AM

Ready to take inflation into your own hands? (Things are so darn expensive right now!) Here's how you can tackle it.

Received a Lump Sum of Money? Here
Received a Lump Sum of Money? Here's What You Might Want to Do Next
September 28th, 2021  6:10 AM

Received a large sum of money? After you finish celebrating, now what? Let's walk through a few options.

Facing Roadblocks to Get Out of Debt? 4 Tips that Actually Work
Facing Roadblocks to Get Out of Debt? 4 Tips that Actually Work
September 27th, 2021  6:00 AM

Facing debt? Worse yet, facing roadblocks as you attempt to get out of debt? Here's how to handle it.

Asset Allocation: The Key to a Successful Portfolio. Are You Paying Attention to Yours?
Asset Allocation: The Key to a Successful Portfolio. Are You Paying Attention to Yours?
September 25th, 2021  5:00 AM

Is asset allocation top of mind for you? We'll explain how you can look at asset allocation and why it's important in your portfolio.

The Pandemic Induced Higher Divorce Rates. Here
The Pandemic Induced Higher Divorce Rates. Here's What it Can Do to Your Finances
September 23rd, 2021  6:05 AM

Divorces increased do to the pandemic. If you're headed for a major uncoupling, it's to your advantage to know the implications it could have on your finances. It's not fun to consider, but it's important to take a deep breath and dig in.

Are you Prioritizing Your Financial Goals? Here
Are you Prioritizing Your Financial Goals? Here's Why You Should and How to Do it
September 22nd, 2021  6:02 AM

You've got financial goals, but have you ever put them in order of how you'll tackle them? We'll walk you through the process if you haven't.

Investors, Have You Used the Rule of 72? If Not, Here
Investors, Have You Used the Rule of 72? If Not, Here's Why You're Missing Out
September 21st, 2021  6:00 AM

Have you heard of the Rule of 72? It's a basic formula that every investor should have at the ready. See why you should figure out how the rule of 72 applies to your investments now.

Are You Mapping Your Money? Here
Are You Mapping Your Money? Here's What it is and Why You Should Do It
September 18th, 2021  4:10 AM

Ever heard of money mapping? Nope, you've probably just heard about budgeting. Learn about what it is and why you want to do it.

Can
Can't Afford to Save for Retirement? Take These 5 Steps: High Earners, This Includes You
September 17th, 2021  6:29 AM

Don't think you can afford to save for retirement because of whatever reason — lifestyle creep, excessive student loans, etc.? Let's tackle that issue by taking one very, very small first step.

6 Retirement-Ready Mistakes 60-Year-Olds Commonly Make
6 Retirement-Ready Mistakes 60-Year-Olds Commonly Make
September 16th, 2021  6:00 AM

Are you 60 and practically salivating at the idea of retirement? Avoid these common mistakes that can put you into dangerous territory.

The Best Investment: Telling Debt to Buzz Off. Do You Agree? 
The Best Investment: Telling Debt to Buzz Off. Do You Agree? 
September 15th, 2021  6:00 AM

Is debt the root of all evil or sunshine on a balmy day? It's funny how experts can be so divided on this issue. What do you think?

Are You Creditworthy? A Look at What Your Lender Sees (and Does Investing Affect Your Credit?)
Are You Creditworthy? A Look at What Your Lender Sees (and Does Investing Affect Your Credit?)
September 14th, 2021  7:00 AM

Let's get under the microscope of what your lender sees when you apply for loan. Also, does investing and trading affect your credit and vice versa? Let's find out.

You "Cubicle Copied" Your Retirement Plan? Yikes! Why That
You "Cubicle Copied" Your Retirement Plan? Yikes! Why That's a Big Mistake 
September 10th, 2021  7:00 AM

It's so easy, so tempting to lean over and say to your office buddy, "What box did you check on the retirement forms?" But is it the best idea? Not at all, and here's why.

Lost Money in the Markets? It
Lost Money in the Markets? It's a Good Learning Experience (and Can Make You a Better Investor)
September 9th, 2021  1:00 PM

It's always best to take a look at the silver linings, especially when you lose money. Losing money in the stock market can be a great thing (yes, really!) and here's why.

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