Money ‘Beach Reads’: CFP® Pros Recommend Their Favorites

With Memorial Day behind you, beach season has officially kicked off. Your vacation plans are in place: the deposit on the beach house has been made, your week away from the office has been approved, and you’ve got that new swim suit ready to go. Now it’s time to think about how you want to spend those lazy hours in the sun and sand.

You could grab a few of this season’s most popular ‘beach reads’ – all of which are undoubtedly light, fluffy and fairly mindless. Or you can take full advantage of your time off by selecting a book that will help brighten your financial future, yet is still easily digestible.

If you choose the latter, some of our CFP Board Ambassadors – many of whom are accomplished authors themselves – have recommendations

Citi: 7 Steps to De-Stress and Master Your Financial Health

Busy, busy, busy. Time, it seems, has never felt more elusive. Working, making time for family and friends, working out, walking the dog; our to-do lists change in length, but never disappear. Throw a couple of kids and a house into the mix, and you soon realize that time can sometimes be worth as much as–or more than–money.

What often falls through the cracks in the hustle-bustle can be managing personal finances. It can be hard enough to keep your day-to-day tasks–like paying bills and comparing plans and prices for services–on track, let alone long-term financial planning. But you’re in luck. Cary shares guidelines for streamlining your day-to-day financial life while still keeping an eye toward the future.


Citi: 9 Steps to Help Build Credit Health After a Setback

Maintaining a strong credit history is something everyone needs to do. But understanding what may help build credit – and what could hurt it – is a bit less universal. What can make it even harder is a situation like a job loss or a medical emergency, which may cause you to fall behind on your bills and, as a result, damage your credit health. It can happen to the best of us, but the good news is that you and your credit can recover. These credit strengthening tips may help, whether you’re striving to get back on course or just want to keep a good track record going.

Citi: Steps to Build Credit When You’re New to the US

It’s not always easy to figure out the smartest financial moves when you’re just starting out in life. But what about when you’re starting a whole new life in a new country and have no credit history?

If you’ve recently started working in the U.S., the faster you learn about how credit cards and credit scores work, the quicker you’ll be on the road to building healthy credit. Consider these six steps on how to build credit in the U.S. to get you on the right path.