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  • Why Identity Thieves Love Small BusinessIdentity Theft

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    Not long ago, a small business owner I work with found herself the target of an identity thief. He didn’t open credit lines in the name of the business, but instead stole its name and good reputation to bilk other entrepreneurs out of thousands of dollars. He was quite blatant about it, even representing himself on LinkedIn as a principal of the business. Dealing with identity theft is bad enough, but if it hits your […]

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    How to Keep Your Baby From Ruining Your CreditFinancial Literacy, Personal Finance

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    They look so innocent (and they are) when they’re sleeping. But if you’re a new parent, you’d probably see that you look exhausted (if you actually had the time and energy to check a mirror). You’re totally absorbed in trying to take care of this tiny person, and you’re far too tired to do your best thinking. Which is why a little one can make a big mess of your credit. Sleep deprivation (yours and theirs) […]

  • Are We One Step Closer to Your Facebook Friends Impacting Your Credit?credit, Technology

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    The U.S. patent office granted Facebook an updated patent on technology that would allow lenders to evaluate loan applicants based on their social network connections, reports VentureBeat. The technology tracks how closely (or not) people are connected. The technology is employed to minimize spam (people sending messages to those with whom they have no relationship) or prevent people from showing up in strangers’ search results, according to the “summary of invention” section of the patent. […]

  • Could I Inherit My Loved One’s Debt?Personal Finance

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    Losing a loved one is never easy, and it’s only made harder when you’re left wondering how to deal with the debt they left behind. Studies show that more people are entering retirement with debt, increasing the likelihood that they’ll be leaving some of it behind when they pass away. But will you, as their spouse or next-of-kin, be held responsible for their debt? Well…it depends. What Happens to Debt After Death When your loved one […]

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    Families Spent $3K More on College This Yearstudent loans, Personal Finance

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    For the past four academic years, families tried to reduce the amount of money they paid for college, even as tuition prices steadily grew. For the first time since the 2009-2010 school year, families of undergraduate students spent more than $24,000 on average for a year of college, according to the “How America Pays for College” report from education finance company Sallie Mae. The $24,164 spent by an average family for the 2014-2015 term was […]

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    Ashley Madison Breach Marks the Rise of ‘Data Kidnapping’Data Security, Identity Theft

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    Some secrets are more valuable than others. And some secrets are more valuable TO others. In perhaps the most predictable extortion hack ever, cheating website Ashley Madison has confirmed to Brian Krebs that some of its data has been stolen. It now appears that tens of millions of people are at risk of being exposed. As you’ve already deduced, Ashley Madison users are not really all that worried about having the credit card numbers stolen and used for […]

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    5 Common Credit Score KillersFinancial Literacy, Personal Finance

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    Having a good credit score can help you save a lot of money over your lifetime, but many people find themselves with scores lower than they’d like because they don’t know how much everyday things can hurt their scores. Of course, once you know what those things are, you’re better equipped to improve your credit. Here are five common things that can hurt your credit: 1. High Credit Card Balances One of the most influential factors […]

  • 3 Money Mistakes Newlyweds MakeFinancial Literacy, Personal Finance

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    Being a newlywed is awesome. I reflect on that season of my life as one filled with joy and anticipation. Sure, that first year of marriage was full of challenges, enormous adjustments and unexpected changes, but on the whole it was great. We found such relief in finally being marriedand out of engagement. Engagement is a funny time. You often take on new priorities and responsibilities you’ve never had before (like part-time event planner) and […]

  • Are Student Loans Causing College Tuitions to Skyrocket?Personal Finance

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    Do student loans help students or colleges? A new paper published by the New York Federal Reserve makes a clear, and depressing assertion: Federal student loans and grants are often simply gobbled up by schools through tuition inflation, leaving the students no better off. More dollars chasing the fewer goods cause prices to rise. That’s both a standard economics principle and an often obvious, but punishing reality. During the housing bubble years, the more banks […]

  • 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Hide From Your DebtFinancial Literacy, Personal Finance

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    Debt may have become so ingrained in your life that it seems natural. Maybe your plans to pay off debt have failed and you’ve even begun to ignore it. Maybe it’s because your debt is so long term (like a 30-year mortgage), it feels like you will never be without it. It’s important, though, to stay motivated to push forward in the repayment process. This is true not only because you have a moral and […]

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