While I’ve always managed my own money, it’s getting harder for me to stay on top of everything. I’m considering seeking out professional advice, but I feel wary. Any tips on what/who to look for?—A ReaderFinancial advice can come in a lot of forms and be delivered by a variety of professionals. Just wading through what has been referred to as the ‘alphabet soup’ of financial certifications—CFA, CPA, CFP® to name just a few—is enough to confuse anyone.
I’ve been contributing to a regular 401(k) for 8 years but my employer just started offering a Roth 401(k) plan as well. How can I decide which is best? The sheer number of retirement accounts can make anyone’s head spin. Once you’ve opened a specific type of account—for instance a traditional 401(k)—it’s tempting to just figure you’re set. But with more and more employers now offering a Roth 401(k) as well, it’s smart to take a step back and consider the potential benefits of each.
You may think you’re safe, but watch out for some common money mistakes. The reason they’re so common is that they’re so easy to overlook. Fortunately, with a little extra caution, they’re also easy to avoid. You’ve likely seen most of them before, but I think they’re worth a quick refresher. Treating yourself is fine as long as you’re not living beyond your means. To create—and stick to—a realistic budget, first make a list of your necessary monthly expenses, including savings.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".