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How TikTok's "Loud Budgeting" Will Help Reach Your Financial Goals

From seeing birthday vacations to Mexico or weekly spa visits on social media, it’s easy to feel like you should spend your money on life’s luxuries. But if you have plans to pay off your debts or build up your savings, the need for financial limits is crucial to reaching your goals. The latest financial trend taking over TikTok is “loud budgeting,” the no-shame approach to discussing financial boundaries and personal financial limits. As “loud budgeting” gains momentum, its bold approach to financial management becomes increasingly recognized and supported by financial experts due to the data on American spending in recent years. According to a November survey of 2,098 adults conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Credit Karma, 69% of Americans reported having financial regrets in 2023. Additionally, 53% stated that their financial situation deteriorated last year, with 31% expressing regret over not saving enough money and 22% lamenting excessive spending. The numbers show that...

Corinne Dorsey

Feb 16, 2024

This Elementary School Teacher Has Her Students 'Paying Rent' — Here's Why

While Financial Literacy Month is recognized in April, people should embark on their journey toward financial wellness and freedom year-round. And an elementary school teacher has put the sentiment into action.

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 26, 2023

7 Personal Money Moves to Help You Navigate the Coronavirus Outbreak

By this point, the economic effects of the coronavirus aren’t news. If anything, there’s been so much coverage surrounding the topic that it’s hard to ascertain the right thing to do. From job loss to quarantine retail therapy, you may feel like your financial life has been in a tailspin since March. So we put together this post offering several simple steps to help you navigate the coronavirus outbreak and the havoc it may have wreaked on your personal finances. 1. Cut spending When lockdown first went into effect, many of us thought we’d be spending dramatically less — after all, quarantine means we can’t blow our paychecks (or blow off steam) at the local bar or take a luxurious vacation. And while certain types of spending are down, others have risen — including money spent on video streaming, food delivery, gaming, and alcohol, according to a New York Times analysis of data from Earnest Research . If you find yourself with less disposable income these days, it’s important to...


Jul 27, 2020

Five Steps to Making The Reverse Career Transition Without Going Broke

Are you thinking about turning your side hustle into your full-time gig? The idea of chucking it all to pursue your dreams can be downright intoxicating. However, if you’re planning to give up a stable income to turn your passions into a business, you need to have a plan. You should probably take a few precautionary measures to avoid going broke. Pay Off High-Interest Debt Pay off any credit card or other high-interest debt before giving up your stable income source. Interest can add up quickly, and when your income takes a plunge, it will become even more challenging to pay off your balances. Mounting credit card debt can add unnecessary stress and distract your focus from building your business. Minimize Living Expenses When you leave a stable job to become an entrepreneur, you may not know when your next paycheck will come. Sometimes it takes months, or years, for your business to turn a profit. In the meantime, you don’t want high living expenses looming over your head every...

Colleen Williams

Sep 25, 2019

FIS Group's acquisition forms one of the largest U.S. African American-owned investment firms

Philadelphia’s FIS Group agreed to acquire Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC, a 21-person firm based in Durham, NC. With the acquisition, FIS will have a combined $10 billion in assets, making it one of the biggest U.S. African American-owned investment companies. Employees from both groups will keep their jobs. According to The Philly Inquirer , FIS says it manages $5.6 billion in “innovative portfolio solutions across the global public equity spectrum through entrepreneurial managers worldwide,” and Piedmont expects to manage $4.7 billion in “active, passive, and structured beta equity and core fixed-income management.” Most of the clients that FIS deals with are governments, and the same can be said of Piedmont. The money management industry can be hard to break into, especially for minorities. But many are still pushing to encourage government agencies to be more inclusive by hiring minority and women-owned firms to diversify the field. The merging of FIS and Piedmont makes for a...

Christine Cauthen

May 31, 2018