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  • Think Student Loans Are Millennials’ Biggest Problem? Think AgainFinancial Literacy, Education, student loans

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    Study after study has highlighted the problem of growing student loan debt in America and its specific burden on people in their 20s and 30s. The majority of recent college graduates are coming out of school with thousands of dollars in debt, but student loans are only part of young Americans’ financial obstacles. In fact, credit card debt is just as common as student loan debt, according to a survey from Experian Consumer Services. Experian […]

  • 9 Ways to Protect Yourself From Elder Financial AbuseRetirement, Identity Theft

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    Identity theft. Financial fraud. Catchphrases that evoke fear of economic ruin at the hands of scheming pitchmen, cunning hackers, organized crime, grandchildren … Say what? The financial exploitation of seniors by those closest to them is on the rise. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, 90% of the perpetrators are family members or those who are well-known to the victims (e.g., neighbors, friends and caregivers). Malefactions include unauthorized access to checking, savings and […]

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    3 Credit Card Scams You Need to Watch Out ForConsumer Protection, credit

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    Falling for a credit card scam is an incredibly frustrating experience and having your financial security disturbed for even a short time can disrupt your peace of mind. However, providing you arm yourself with the right knowledge, you can minimize the impact credit card scams have on your financial well-being. So, with that in mind, here are several credit card scams you’re going to want to watch out for. 1. Chip Credit Card Scam Over […]

  • Fewer Americans Are Worried About Credit Card Theftcredit, Personal Finance, Identity Theft

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    People either perhaps feel like payment security has improved or just don’t care about having their data stolen, because the share of Americans who said they frequently worry about credit card data theft has gone down since last year. In an annual survey about crime, Gallup asked U.S. adults about whether they’ve encountered or if they worry about a variety of crimes, and credit card theft was again the most common one people experienced. Gallup […]

  • Worried About Hackers? Surf the Web with Your MomColumn, Blog

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    An old Chinese proverb says: “There is only one beautiful child in the world, and every mother has it.” But there are times when people test that mother-child connection, turning their “matron” saints into judge, jury and even warden. Increasingly, various stripes of online scoundrel can act as a catalyst for the above transformation. As we all know, despite that spiel about unconditional love, there is no end of things a son or daughter can […]

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    4 Tips for Getting Approved for a Personal LoanPersonal Finance, Money

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    If you have high-interest credit card debt or outstanding bills, you may be considering taking out a personal loan. A personal loan typically does not require any collateral upfront, meaning the lender doesn’t have any guarantee, and so often charges a higher interest rate than an auto loan or a mortgage. Check out the tips below about how to get a personal loan to maximize the chances you’ll be approved. 1. Decide on a Loan Type […]

  • New Report Argues Everyone Should Consider a Credit FreezeConsumer Protection, credit, Identity Theft

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    Given how often data breaches happen, it’s likely your personal information will be exposed, sold or abused, if it hasn’t yet been already. Identity theft takes many forms and can be difficult to prevent, but a new report suggests consumers should freeze their credit files as the “best protection against someone opening new credit accounts in your name.” What are the pros and cons to that strategy? How a Credit Freeze Could Help Here’s how […]

  • Identity Theft: A Real-World Version of ‘The Walking Dead’Column, Blog

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    In the post-apocalyptic world of “The Walking Dead,” it’s a foregone conclusion that zombies happen, and they aren’t picky. One real-world parallel of finding yourself surrounded by hungry zombies is the plague of identity theft. With more than 1 billion records “out there,” it’s just a matter of time before you get got. When it comes to identity theft, people have many questions and few answers. Should I shred sensitive documents? (Yes.) Is it worse […]

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    How to Tell the Difference Between a Pyramid Scheme & a Legit BusinessConsumer Protection

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    Nearly one-third of U.S. workers describe themselves as “free agents,” and talk of the “gig economy” has grown so loud that it’s an issue in the presidential campaign. As more people look online for work that supplements —or replaces — their old-fashioned paycheck and helps pay down debts, it seems time for a reminder about popular work-at-home programs that might not be what they seem. When you’re looking for a “gig,” you want to know […]

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    3 Things You Should Absolutely Never Do With a Credit Cardcredit, Personal Finance

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    There are two kinds of credit card advice. What you will most commonly hear are smart recommendations for how to use your credit card. These tips typically include ways to minimize your debt and maximize your rewards while avoiding fees. And while these can be valuable suggestions, some people ignore them and continue to use their credit cards, however imperfectly. But there is another type of advice that goes beyond mere suggestions and is more like a large, flashing […]

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