Sunday, May 26, 2013

LearnVest review

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You just got yourself a huge performance bonus. Elated, you headed over to some fancy shopping destination to spend a good portion of the amount, telling yourself you deserve the pampering because you had been working too hard. You got yourself some new clothes, shoes, accessories, top-of-the-line smartphone, even got your mom that pair of earrings she has been raving about for a week now.

All in all, it was a day to smile about.

Before you went to bed that night, at the same time you’re imagining a weekend getaway with some friends, you went ahead and checked your bank balance. This time, however, no matter how hard you tried, all you managed to come up with was an ironic little smile: Where did my money go?

The above scenario is a classic example of money controlling you, and not the other way around, which is a surefire way to mess up your financial life.

Millions and millions of people nowadays are struggling financially. Statistics show that three out of every five Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck, and that 46% of the population is carrying credit card debt. Student loans have amounted to a staggering $1 trillion, an amount which is poised to spike up given that more students are seeking better and more expensive educations.

If you’re sick and tired of your current financial status, the state of your credit standing, or have no hopes for a comfortable retirement given how things are going, it’s time to make a change. Easier said than done, yes, but with LearnVest, a four-year old financial startup, you don’t have to make that change alone.

Aside from an app that affords you the ability to efficiently track your expenses, you also gain access to expert advice on portfolio balancing, retirement, estate planning, among others. The advice you get is personalized and tailored to suit your goals and needs.

Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of LearnVest, is a former Morgan Stanley trader who quit Harvard Business School in 2008 to launch LearnVest. The site is one of the latest investment advisers to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

LearnVest offers three financial planning programs and pricing structures: Budget Starter, 5-Year Planner and Portfolio Builder. Consultation is free, and with the help of a certified financial planner, you get to choose which program suits you best.

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