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  • As You (Or Your Kids) Look For That Perfect Place To Rent, Identity Thieves Are Looking At The Perfect OpportunityIdentity Theft

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    It’s that time of the year again. People are (desperately, in some cases) searching for rentals. Some have just started looking for that perfect August retreat, since they didn’t get their act together in time to snag a place in June or July. University graduates are looking for an affordable place to rent as they leave the ivory tower for the office tower. Families who waited for their kids to finish up school before searching […]

  • 5 Money Talks to Have Before You Get MarriedFinancial Literacy, Blog, Personal Finance

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    You finally found your soul mate — someone who is sympathetic, nurturing, loving and caring. You’re ready to tie the knot. But before you say, “I do,” can you honestly say, “We did?” No, I’m not talking about that. I am talking about the talk. Not the one about sex and family but rather the one about money and credit. Buzzkill? Reality testing? Yes. However, you both need to ask: What do your credit reports […]

  • 13 Incredibly Careless Things That Make Your Smart Phone Dumb And Vulnerable To Identity ThievesIdentity Theft

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    Organized crime sees your smart phone as the most vulnerable entry point into our electronic financial system—an easy way not only to steal your identity but also your money. Says who? The Atlanta Fed. In a bit of classic understatement, the Atlanta Federal Reserve said recently many consumers simply don’t realize how vulnerable their Androids, iPhones and other devices can be. As the AP reported the Fed’s study showed “there are several things that can […]

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    5 Ways Student Loans Hurt Middle-Class KidsEducation, Blog

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    Student loans are supposed to help middle-class kids pay for a college education, but these days they can do more harm than good. It’s high time we did something about that. If you imagine a world where the federal government and private lenders actually partner with students, instead of treating them as a profit center, have I got a bridge investment deal for you. As things stand, the Affordable Care Act has a better shot […]

  • Just When You Thought You Knew Every Way Your Credit Report Could Be Used Against You (A Case Study)Personal Finance

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    Whether we are talking about mortgage loans, credit cards, auto or student loans, most people know that credit reports play an important role in our lives. And they, like you, understand that having poor credit can impede our efforts to gain financing at competitive rates and terms. However, as was recently pointed out by my friend John Ulzheimer who used to work at FICO, Equifax and Credit.com and who often serves as a credit expert […]

  • Should You Pay Off Your Ex’s Credit Cards?Blog, Personal Finance

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    When the Love Boat morphs into the Titanic and you are flailing in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the banks are not rescuers, they’re sharks. In other words, divorces can get messy — sometimes really messy — and it should come as no surprise that money is often at the root of the problem. Getting through the divorce is hard enough, but the money problems don’t always end when the papers are signed. […]

  • Good News (Finally) When It Comes to Medical Debt ReformPersonal Finance

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    You could be excused for skipping over the piece in The New York Times the other day. After all, it did sound awfully familiar. Here’s how the article by Tara Siegel Bernard began. “Megan Barringer had no idea that a medical billing mix-up over a $742 charge for a back evaluation six years ago could end up costing her more than $33,000. “But the old bill, which she ultimately paid, had gone to collections and […]

  • How Much Student Loan Debt Is Too Much?Education, Blog

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    Some call it the Student Loan Bubble — I call it crazy. And what better time to discuss student debt insanity than now, as countless soon-to-be graduates prepare to slip on their caps and gowns? An estimated 1.8 million students are graduating this year, many with degrees that perhaps aren’t worth a damn when it comes to actually getting a job. Nevertheless, many of them will soon be paying back the tens or hundreds of […]

  • 4 Big Problems With Social Security NumbersGovernment, Blog, Identity Theft

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    A Social Security number is like a skeleton key — able to unlock a kingdom of untold riches for identity thieves. It is the central piece of data needed to hijack our credit, steal our health insurance, use us as human shields and generally wreak havoc in our lives. And every day, two branches of the U.S. government — the executive and the legislative — put our identities and sometimes even our lives at risk […]

  • 9 Ways To Better Protect Your Identity When You Are Away From HomeIdentity Theft

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    I commissioned a poll last month to sample, among other things, people’s attitudes about identity theft. I was both surprised and disappointed to see that 4 of 10 people surveyed believe that the threat of identity theft is more a product of marketers selling identity monitoring and protection services than a real problem. The results in a follow up poll we took in the past two weeks are markedly different. Almost 70 percent of the […]

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