Top 10 Personal Finance Articles of the Month — January 2018

It’s time again for my favorite feature here on Dyer News: a look at my top 10 personal finance articles of the month. The start of a new year often means thinking about the near future but several articles this month looked a bit further to focus on retirement. Additionally, as winter rolls on, wanderlust seems to be setting in with travel also proving to be a popular topic.

As usual, this month’s list includes a couple Dyer News Top 10 mainstays as well as a few first-timers. Without further ado, below is my list of the top 10 personal finance articles published in January of 2018, along with their title, author, and the site they originally appeared on.


Roth IRAs Just Became an Even Better Deal for Retirement Savings — Alicia Adamczyk, TwoCents

At the very tail end of 2017, the Republican-controlled Congress passed a sweeping tax bill that, among other things, lowered the top tier tax bracket. As a result of this bill, Roth IRAs — which enable you to pay taxes on your retirement contributions now and take them out tax-free later — may be an even stronger option for young workers. In this piece Alicia takes a closer look at Roth IRAs and how to switch your savings to a Roth account.

Disaster-Proof Your Retirement Plan — Mark Arola, Kiplinger

When it comes to retirement, it can be difficult to know what to expect. Moreover some unexpected changes in circumstances could mean disaster for your retirement savings and your plan overall. That’s why Mark offers some advice on how to protect against two potential retirement derailers: long-term care costs and bear markets.

These 3 Ticking Tax Bombs Could Destroy Your Retirement  — Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool

Another source of retirement-related stress comes in the form of taxes. Unlike with Roth IRA, traditional IRAs require owners to pay taxes on their withdrawals, taking a big chunk out of what you’ve saved up. Dan takes a look at this dilemma and two other “tax time bombs” retirees could be facing.


7 Ways to Balance Work and Travel While on the Road  — Nick Wharton, Wisebread

While most might think of vacations purely as relaxation time, a growing trend finds travelers mixing work with pleasure and conducting business on the road. Of course the abilty to properly “workation” is quite a skill as finding a balance between enjoying yourself and being productive can be difficult. With that in mind, Nick offers a few tips for working remotely while seeing the world.

Get Away in 2018: Planning and Budgeting for Your Next Trip — Kyle Burbank, Money@30

Even though the year has just begun, many of us are already dreaming of our next vacation. Whether you’re eyeing a springtime getaway, a summer cruise, or autumn adventure, planning your trip while sticking to a budget can often be a challenge. Enter Kyle with a few ideas for finding your ideal destination, booking on a budget, and saving money once you arrive.

9 Credit Card Tips to Take With You Overseas  — Chanelle Bessette, NerdWallet

Speaking of saving money, something many credit card holders might not realize is that the foreign transaction fees some cards charge can really add up. Furthermore not all of your cards will enjoy the same acceptance rates abroad as they do here in the States. Becuase of this and much more, Chantelle takes a look at what you should know when looking to bring your credit cards overseas.

Personal Finance Tips

11 Little Things You Didn’t Realize Impact Your Credit Score — Carolyn Steber, Bustle

We all know that there’s a lot of data that goes into calculating your various credit scores. Given this abundance of factors, there can be a few that are easy to forget about until it’s too late. To help, Carolyn highlights a number of activities and errors that can impact your credit.

Move Over, Credit Score – There’s a New Number in Town  —Erin Lowry, Brit + Co

In terms of financial health indicators, your credit score is just one of several numbers that matter. For example, one rarely discussed but extremely important figure is your debt to income ratio. Erin explains what DTI is and what yours says about your finances.

I Switched to an Online Bank Account. Here’s What I Love (And What I Don’t) — Carson Kohler, The Penny Hoarder

As new technologies catch on, we continue to see customers migrate away from traditional banks and toward alternatives like apps and online banks. However, while these new financial institutions offer some strong perks, they also hold a few drawbacks. For his piece, Carson takes a look at these pros and cons as well as how they specifically relate to the online bank Aspiration.

Seven Signs Your Debt is Out of Control (and What to Do About it) — Holly Johnson, The Simple Dollar

Is your debt getting the best of you? Sometimes it may not be clear that your debt is anything more than a nuisance until it really lands you in trouble. Thankfully, as Holly points out, there are a few warning signs to watch out for and some ways to reverse course once you spot them.

Thanks for checking out my top 10 personal finance articles published last month and congratulations to all of the bloggers who made the list. To find more of these great articles on a daily basis, be sure to follow me on Twitter @jondyer9 and of course visit

Also published on Medium.


Jonathan Dyer

I'm a small town guy living in Los Angeles looking to make solid financial decisions. I write for a number of finance websites, including HuffingtonPost and Business2Community. I founded in 2015 to focus on personal finance and the emerging FinTech markets.

Other Articles by Jonathan Dyer

Nitra Latest FinTech to Join Visa's Fast Track Program

A spending insights platform built for healthcare professionals is getting a big boost by joining up with a major card company. This week, Nitra announced that it was the latest startup to join Visa's Fast Track program. As a result, the company will now have access to Visa's global payment network, VisaNet Nitra is a FinTech offering spending management tools for private practice physicians. With the platform, clients can issue...

Stripe Raises $6.5 Billion, Now Valued at $50 Billion 

FinTech giant Stripe has just closed a massive funding round, but is once again cutting its valuation. The online payments company has announced that it's just raised $6.5 billion. The Series I included participation from returning investors Andreessen Horowitz, Baillie Gifford, Founders Fund, General Catalyst, MSD Partners, and Thrive Capital, while new investors GIC, Goldman Sachs Asset and Wealth Management, and Temasek also joined. Goldman Sachs served as sole placement...

Chase Reveals Q2 2023 5% Bonus Categories for Freedom Cards

One of the biggest perks of the popular Chase Freedom Flex card (and its predecessor the Chase Freedom card) is the ability to earn 5% cashback on categories that rotate each quarter. Currently, these categories include grocery stores, fitness clubs and gym memberships, and purchases at Target. Now, with the first quarter of the year drawing to an end, Chase has revealed its Q2 2023 bonus categories. From April 1st...