Sean Brison ~ Senior Editor

Sean Brison - Senior Editor
Sean Brison is a personal finance writer based in Los Angeles, California. After spending the better part of his early forties educating himself on the subject and turning around his financial situation, he’s logged thousands of hours researching and writing on matters revolving around budgeting, investing, and retirement. He’s passionate about teaching others what he’s learned and has been a contributor to Listen Money Matters for over a year.

Betterment vs Vanguard: Showdown Between Two Brokerage Juggernauts

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When I started investing, I didn’t have a clue. I’d never heard of words like tax-loss harvesting, rebalancing, or mutual funds. I thought it was […]

How To Make Money Online: Proven Strategies to Kickstart Your Cash Flow

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Imagine waking up in the morning with no place to be. No commute. No set hours. You can work in a café or kitchen. It may seem like a fairytale, I can assure you it’s not.

Personal Capital Review: Is It the Best Wealth Tracking Tool?

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My Personal Capital review comes as an investor and someone who loves automation. In many ways it can beat Mint and their 401k Analyzer is second to none.

Ally Invest Review: Low-Cost Products Paired with Commission-Free Trades

Ally Invest Review: Low-Cost Products Paired with Commission-Free Trades

I’m sure you’d agree that Ally has grown into a major player in the financial services industry. They’re praised for their low-cost products and commission-free trading. But is Ally Invest worthwhile compared to other online brokers? This Ally Invest review examines who they are, what they’re selling, and whether you should open an account.

Turnkey Real Estate Investing: Grasp the Fundamentals Before You Start

Turnkey Real Estate Investing: Grasp the Fundamentals Before You Start

I’m sure you’d agree when I say there’s plenty of real estate investment options available these days. The question now becomes what kind of real estate investor do you want to be? What if you don’t want the associated hassles of being a landlord? Enter turnkey real estate.

Acorns vs Stash: Two Micro-Investing Apps Go Head-to-Head

Acorns vs Stash: Two Micro-Investing Apps Go Head-to-Head

With so many investment products available, the decision can feel overwhelming. Whose fees are lower? What are your options? What’s the minimum deposit requirement? What’s micro-investing?! In this Acorns vs Stash article, we’re going to look at which company is the better choice for you.

YieldStreet Review: Are Alternative Investments for You?

YieldStreet Review: Are Alternative Investments for You?

Is alternative investing all it’s cracked up to be? Our YieldStreet review breaks down their platform so you can decide if it’s worth your time and money.

Stash Invest Review: Digital Investing for the Next Generation?

Stash Invest Review: Digital Investing for the Next Generation?

Investing gets easier with each passing generation. Mobile apps, index funds, and reduced minimums have lowered the barrier to entry. Despite these facts, only an […]

Squirrel Away Your Spare Change and Start Investing – Acorns Review

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Acorns is an app that rounds up on your purchases and invests the change for you. Today we discuss the new app with the founder and innovation officer.

Mint Review: A Budgeting App That Will Save You Money?

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Does creating a budget sound sexy? What about the aggregate of all your financial data in one place? Do words like free credit score, bill […]

The SEP IRA Rules, Benefits and a Lofty Contribution Limit

The SEP IRA Rules, Benefits and a Lofty Contribution Limit

Today we’re getting into the gritty details of what a SEP-IRA account is and whether it’s the right play for you. However, this retirement account isn’t for everyone. Know what the SEP-IRA rules are before opening yours.

The Minimum Variance Portfolio: Reduce Risk and Optimize Your Returns

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We talk a lot about the importance of diversification, asset allocation, and portfolio construction at Listen Money Matters. Throughout it all, you may have heard the term “minimum variance portfolio” tossed around. What the heck is that? This post will explain.

PeerStreet Review: How Risky Is Investing in Real Estate Debt?

PeerStreet Review: How Risky Is Investing in Real Estate Debt?

When you’re investing, debt is often the less risky asset class. The same way stocks are seen as volatile, bonds (debt) are viewed as a safer alternative. That rule also applies to real estate. In this PeerStreet review, we’re going to break down their service offerings and see whether investing with them is the right play for you.

Webull Review: Online Broker Offers Affordable Commission-Free Trading

Webull Review: Online Broker Offers Affordable Commission-Free Trading

I’m sure you’d agree that online stock trading gets complicated – especially if you’re a beginner. In this Webull review, we take a look under the hood and find out if opening a trading account is worth your time. We’ll examine its features, investment products, commissions, fees, and more.

Equity Multiple Review: High-Yield Real Estate Investing for $5,000

Equity Multiple Review: High-Yield Real Estate Investing for $5,000

If you’re an investor looking to get some “skin in the game” and considering adding real estate to your portfolio, we’ve got one worth a look. In this Equity Multiple review, we’re going to take a look at what they’re offering, what makes them unique, and if you should take their services for a test drive.

Chase Sapphire Reserve vs Preferred: An Ultimate Rewards Rumble

Chase Sapphire Reserve vs Preferred: An Ultimate Rewards Rumble

Get rewarded for your spending the easy way – with a travel rewards card. Finding the right one doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re considering a Sapphire card by Chase, you’ll want to read this.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Review: Is It All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Chase Sapphire Preferred Review: Is It All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

If you’re looking to cash in on an excellent rewards program, this one is worth a look. In this Chase Sapphire Preferred review, we’re going to take a look at who this card is for, their reward offerings, and whether it makes sense for you.

Chase Sapphire Reserve Review: What’s $450 Worth to You?

Chase Sapphire Reserve Review: What’s $450 Worth to You?

Looking for a premier travel rewards credit card? Our Chase Sapphire Reserve review gets into the hairy weeds. Discover what it has to offer you here.

Crush Your Investing Goals With A Lazy Portfolio

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Itching to start investing but don’t want it to devour your time? Learn the ways of the mighty lazy portfolio. Get educated here.

YNAB Review and Chat with Founder Jesse Mecham

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The importance of budgeting can’t be overstated. Today we talk to the king of budgeting tools, Jesse Mecham of You Need a Budget.

QuickBooks For The Self-Employed: Track Expenses, Invoices & Optimize Taxes (Like A Champ)

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Need help tracking your business expenses and tax details? Learn all about QuickBooks Self-Employed tax software. Click here to get your shit together.

PayPal Credit Review: A Digital Credit Line with Special Financing

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Wondering what the heck is PayPal’s digital credit line? Join us for an in-depth review about PayPal Credit to see if it makes sense for you.

Titan Review: Invest Like a World-Class Hedge Fund for $500

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Before there was Netflix, I had to rent movies at my local video store. It was a thrill. I’d score a few bucks from my folks […]

Wealthsimple Review – A Chat with CEO Michael Katchen

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We love robo-advisors, and lots of other investors do too. But admittedly, robo-advisors are missing that personal touch some investors prefer. We found the best of both worlds in Wealthsimple. This is our Wealthsimple review along with a chat with CEO Michael Katchen. 

Robinhood Review: Finally, Commission-Free Trading

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The most in-depth review of the commission-free trading platform Robinhood. The good, the bad, and the final verdict, with no merrie men.

Earnest Student Loan Review: Online Lending Made Easy

Earnest Student Loan Review: Online Lending Made Easy

Want to find out who’s the best online lender? Earnest offers both private student loans and student loan refinancing. Read our detailed review here.

stREITwise Review: Online Commercial Real Estate Investing for $1,000

stREITwise Review: Online Commercial Real Estate Investing for $1,000

What if I told you could get started investing in commercial real estate for as little as $1,000? That you’d gain access to a professionally […]

A Comprehensive Review of Aspiration Bank: The Inner-Workings, Costs, Funds, and Fees

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Unsure about which bank to stash your cash? We take a look underneath the hood to learn all about the inner-workings of Aspiration Bank.

How Stocks, Bonds, and Funds Work: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

How Stocks, Bonds, and Funds Work: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We’ll discuss a boring subject, how stocks, bonds, and funds work but make it less boring by using Arrested Development to illustrate our points!

Vanguard vs Fidelity: Where Should You Open Your Brokerage Account?

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Vanguard vs Fidelity conjures up an epic image of two warriors battling it out in the Roman Colosseum. Who will prevail in the coveted wealth […]

21 Remarkable Personal Website Examples to Free Your Imagination

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I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say building your personal website is tough. It’s your digital business card. Everyone on the internet is […]

LendKey Student Loans Review: Refinancing and Borrowing Made Easy

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If you are struggling with student loan debt, you may have considered refinancing. Today we bring you our LendKey review. LendKey will refinance your loans to lower your interest and save you money. 

The Best IRA Accounts for Your Retirement Plan

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Baffled by what the best IRA accounts for your retirement plan are? Discover how to pick the best one by asking yourself these essential questions.

Budgeting Styles: Create Yours Based On What Matters Most

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Budgeting sucks. No one really wants to do it. It’s hard to stick with, it’s a chore to review it every month and it makes you feel like crap when you spend way too much on lattes. But, you’re an adult so you need to do it. There are a few types of budgets, which one is right for you?

Small Investments You Can Make Today (Even If You’re Living Check-To-Check)

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You don’t have to be a millionaire to invest. Investing is how you become a millionaire. We look at small investments on a small income.

Dear Happiness: Let’s Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Dear Happiness: Let’s Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Your paycheck is deposited, groceries purchased, bills paid and then you’re broke until next week. Sound familiar? You can stop living paycheck to paycheck.

The Anatomy of a Well Balanced Investment Portfolio

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Balance is important in all aspects of life, including your financial portfolio. Find out what well balanced means when it comes to your portfolio.

Understand Statement Balance vs. Current Balance To Avoid Fees and Penalties

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Unsure about the difference between your credit card statement balance vs. current balance? Learn which one to pay off and avoid a hefty finance charge. Click here to live long and prosper.

The Infinite Banking Concept: How To Be Your Own Bank

The Infinite Banking Concept: How To Be Your Own Bank

If you’ve ever heard of using your whole life insurance policy like a savings account to borrow against, then you’ve heard of the Infinite Banking Concept.

The Hustler’s Guide to Understanding Freelance Taxes

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Freelance taxes make you queasy? Discover tax-savings tips and become a financial jedi like Obi Wan. Get your antidote here.

Home Equity Loans: A No B.S. Guide to Securing One (The Right Way)

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Difficulty wrapping your head around what home equity loans are? Unravel the age-old mysteries and determine which one is right for you. Click here for a good time.

Bull Vs. Bear: What To Do During Market Upturns and Downturns

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Questioning what animals have to do with the stock market? Learn the difference between bull vs. bear markets. Click here for enlightenment.

Money Personalities: What is Your Money Modus Operandi?

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Want to be a financial badass? Discover your money personality and start handling your cash like a boss. Click here to get your shit together!

Creating the Stepping Stones to Greater Financial Success

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I’m 42. I’m no personal finance whiz. As long as I can remember, learning about growing wealth, investing for the future and financial independence were […]

The Roth IRA: Optimize Your Retirement Savings by Knowing the Rules

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We’ll show you what the Roth IRA rules are and how you can optimize them towards your retirement savings. You ready to tap into your inner financial badass?

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