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How WeVest Works
When you create a WeVest account, you have to answer a few questions. In order to get your full financial picture, WeVest asks you basic questions about your assets, debt, income, age, and more. These questions allow their algorithm to create separate accounts on your dashboard for each item, as well as categorize you with peer groups who use the app. Then, WeVest asks about your saving goals. Their primary options are saving for retirement, building a college fund, and paying off credit card debt.
WeVest% and Your Financial Plan
The primary goal of WeVest is “to optimize the growth of your net worth in a way that achieves your goals.” Using your answers, WeVest algorithms formulate a financial plan specific to you, using the money you are willing to invest in yourself. Your WeVest% is the percentage of your income that you want to put towards growing your net worth. Your WeVest% is divided according to your goals – savings, retirement, college debt, etc. – in the most efficient way possible.
While this seems a lot like putting your money in someone else’s hands, fear not: WeVest also allows you to compare several recommended plans and pick the one you prefer. You have total control over your financial plan, supported by WeVest’s professional advice. In addition, you have constant access to that financial plan whenever you need it.
Once all your information is in and you have decided which financial plan you prefer,. Your dashboard shows how much money is going to which “bucket” – savings, debt repayment, retirement, etc. – for that month. You are given a graph that will measure and predict the growth of your net worth and savings, as well as whichever other buckets you prioritize. Finally, you can also see your exact current net worth with assets and liabilities, your financial plan, and a savings comparison between you and other users in your peer group.
WeVest is not a free service. Their plans consist of a $4/month plan or a $35/year plan. Both plans have identical benefits, with the exception of the $35/year plan offering a 27% discount from the monthly plan. When you sign up, you have to select a plan and input your card information. However, you have a 45-day free trial before WeVest takes money from your account. You may also cancel your account at any time. This way, if you think you may use the app regularly, you can still sign up for the yearly plan knowing you have time before fully committing. This app boasts the low cost of its services in comparison to face-to-face professional financial planners.
WeVest offers some fantastic insights into your financial planning, but it does have its drawbacks. Its primary drawback is its accompanying app. Rather than having an app which allows you to log in and view your information on your phone, WeVest’s mobile app is a simple calculator. It is free, and allows you to calculate simple savings projections for a large purchase, your child’s college tuition, or retirement. While these are useful, they are also pointless if you have an account with WeVest. Furthermore, toggling the “See The Full App” option within the mobile app simply opens the WeVest page in your mobile browser.
WeVest also requires a separate account for each individual item. For example, you need a separate account for student loans, a separate account for your retirement fund, a separate account for your savings, etc. Having this many accounts seems impractical, and having to input this many different accounts gets confusing on the website.
Is WeVest Worth It?
WeVest is perfect for the right people. If you are looking to keep track of your retirement fund, flesh out your savings, or invest in a home, WeVest has exactly what you need. If not, you may be better off looking elsewhere. WeVest is an incredibly thorough financial planning app that is truly a bargain for all it offers. If you want to invest in your financial future through financial planning, look no further than WeVest.
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This blog is quite the eye-catcher, and that is a good thing. This blog covers four major topics: food, life, home, and money. It offers financial planning advice, as well as accompanying tutorials with free downloads. The blog also sells a Living Well Planner created by the founder, Ruth.
This blog offers practical and varied financial advice, covering topics from money to travel. It is a great one-stop-shop for those seeking practical financial advice.
Money Crashers posts articles in a variety of categories and from a variety of writers. Whether you are a busy mom or an artist looking to sell your work online, this blog has an article for you.
The coolest thing about SquawkFox is that the blogger, Kerry K. Taylor, is not just a blogger. Taylor has been around almost as long as Wise Bread, and has an amazing career background in finance advice. She is a speaker and a consumer expert. She has done TED Talks, has her own YouTube channel, and even wrote a book on saving money. If you are looking for professional advice, SquawkFox is definitely the place to get it.
One unique thing about this blog is that it is male-driven. Many frugal living blogs are run by women who run their own households, leading to posts about dinner recipes, updating their kids’ bedrooms, and the like. While these are all fantastic and useful topics, it is refreshing to have a varied perspective. This blog is simple and streamlined, offering frugal living and financial advice, as well as a variety of guides to help you navigate the financial world.
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These blogs offer a wonderful variety of frugal living and personal finance advice, all with their own unique perspectives. Among them, you are sure to find the perfect one for you.
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PC World reports that Microsoft has identified three key problems with the update:
“First, fonts that are installed in a location other than the default fonts directory (%windir%fonts) cannot be changed when they are loaded into any active session, essentially locking them in. Second, fonts don’t render correctly. The third issue is the most critical, however… that systems may crash with a ‘0x50 Stop error message’ after the updates are installed.” It appears the problem will apply to the following programs: Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1, plus Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003.
If you’re one of the unfortunates who has downloaded the updates already, don’t panic. There is a solution, which is detailed in the security bulletin by Microsoft. You’ll need to fiddle with the registry files, then enter the recovery environment to delete the .dat file, reboot and then export the file. This will then need to be repeated before you uninstall the update and reimport the font file. It may sound complex but follow Microsoft’s bulletin and you’ll be on the right track.
It’s not the first lot of issues Microsoft has had to deal with this month. On Friday they had to issue a hotfix for Internet Explorer after multiple dialog windows began causing halts and delays. This applied to all versions of Explorer and garnered many user complaints.
The problem with the latest update is yet to be found, but it has notably coincided with Microsoft’s move towards using Patch Tuesday to combine small feature updates into the Windows monthly security update package. This is instead waiting awhile (until a bundle of new features are ready) and then releasing them together in one major update like Windows 8.1.
Whatever the cause, users aren’t happy and Microsoft may need to rethink their update protocol before impatient users start to rethink their loyalty to the brand.
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The Disney titles feeling the brunt of this latest dispute include titles such as Maleficent and Captain America: The Winter Soldier which were both unavailable for pre-order on the online website over the weekend, although digital copies could be pre-ordered. This seems to be the exact same tactic Amazon is using with their disagreement with Hachette, and there are likely similar arguments from both sides.
The battle between Amazon and Hachette also continued over the weekend with the emergence of both a petition against Amazon’s market opening tactics, and a petition for them. The argument centers around Amazon’s proposal to price down e-books from $12.99 to $9.99. Hachette, who stands to lose money, has understandably protested against the move, but Amazon has responded to their stubbornness by simply removing Hachette pre-orders from the Amazon store and lengthening delivery times.
Now writers are taking sides in the argument and it’s turning out to be more than just a pricing skirmish between a publisher and an online retailer. Instead it seems that the old and new school of the industry are facing off in a worth defining struggle.
On one hand, the opportunity to self-publish affordable e-books has democratized the market allowing unknown writers access in ways never before experienced. While on the other, established authors who have poured more time and energy into the craft are protesting at the idea of being undercut by this change in technology, and in book consumption.
The Independent reports from both ends of the battle field with this comment from popular Irish e-book author, David Gaughran, strikes at the petition against Amazon.
“I absolutely reject the idea that lower e-book prices are harmful to authors.” Lower prices expand the market…bestselling authors don’t want the status quo to change because it has served them very well. But since the explosion in popularity of e-books, more writers are earning a living from selling books than ever before. This is something all authors should be celebrating, but perhaps those at the top table are worried about losing their seat.”
On the other side of the argument, agreeing with Hachette and many of the most popular writers in the world is Douglas Preston. He co-wrote the Pendergast Crime Series and organised the anti- Amazon petition which many established authors of note have signed in protest of Amazon’s tactics of negotiation. “Amazon has been throwing its weight around for quite some time in a bullying fashion and I think authors are fed up.”
It’s an argument that has merits on both sides. The way people read is changing so shouldn’t our authors adapt and remain open to the change, in the same way that every other industry has had to adapt to technology?
But on the other hand, no one likes a bully, and surely as the dominant online retailer, Amazon could treat authors and their craft with a little more respect. At least until a compromise can be made.
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It appears, the hackers based in a small city in South Central Russia, gathered customer information from 420,000 websites, large and small. Hold Security would not disclose which websites or who the victims are because of binding non-disclosure agreements, as well as the risk of making vulnerable companies and individuals a target for further attacks.
Other security professionals and computer crime experts have verified the information uncovered by Hold Security as authentic. They say the problem is getting worse every year, with many large companies being aware of cyber-security issues, but still unable to do much about it other than prompt customers to change their passwords.
Mr. Holden said, “Hackers did not just target U.S. companies, they targeted any website they could get, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to very small websites, and most of these sites are still vulnerable.” His firm has been trying to contact the sites that have been hacked, but some remain unreachable, and he hopes this week’s story will get the message through to companies and individuals alike that caution needs to be exercised.
Identity theft is becoming more and more prevalent, and it seems that each month authorities report a new theft, but the easiest way to protect yourself, and to lessen the chances of being targeted, is to simply vary your use of passwords.
Hackers have most of their success because so many consumers repeat the same password on the different sites we use. This means they only have to get hold of a single password, and then run an analysis on popular sites to see if that password will open other services in your name as well. For those who use the same password, one compromised password can mean the hackers have access to dozens of sites you frequent.
It’s a common mistake, and in this increasingly digital world, where every website from your supermarket to your social media account is password protected, it can be hard to remember them all. This is why many experts recommend using password managers. They are simple programs which can both formulate strong passwords and protect the ones you have. With a password manager you only have to remember one password to get access to the rest of your data.
In the meantime, be cautious with your identity. Change your passwords regularly, and take care to question any unexpected requests for money on social media or by email. It’s far better to be safe than sorry.
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