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  • mortgage

    3 Things You Absolutely Need for a Mortgage

    Personal Finance 

    If you’ve never bought a home before or it has been many years since your last mortgage transaction, you may want to freshen up on the basics before you head to the bank. To get you started, we’re going to go over three of the main things lenders look for when reviewing your mortgage application. 1. Cash This one is a biggie. You’ll likely need to have cash to buy a house, plain and simple. While this […]

  • Spending on a wedding

    5 Tips to Avoid Going in the Red for Your Wedding

    Personal Finance Money 

    Planning a wedding can be time-consuming and put a strain on your wallet, so it’s important to stick to a budget. The average U.S. wedding costs over $26,000, but if you play your cards right, you can stay on track — and out of debt. Here are six tips to help you stick to your budget when wedding planning. 1. Create a Wedding Budget Once Mr. (or Ms.) Right, pops the question, you’ll want to […]

  • Zika scam

    As If the Zika Virus Wasn’t Bad Enough, Now There Are Alleged Zika Scams

    Personal Finance Identity Theft 

    Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control issued a travel warning, urging pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community north of downtown Miami, where the Zika Virus is spreading. But while health officials work to contain the outbreak, a group of alleged scammers appear to have cropped up to prey on people’s fears. On Wednesday, the New York Attorney General issued cease-and-desist letters to seven companies marketing products that claim to protect […]

  • hackers election

    5 Ways Hackers Could Influence the Election

    Data Security Technology 

    When Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said he hoped the Russian government had found Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing emails, he wasn’t just taking a swipe at his opponent. He highlighted a very real and present danger to our democracy. While social media users were atwitter about whether or not The Donald had committed treason—for the record, he didn’t—I don’t know if his quasi-seditious braggadocio reveals anything about his loyalty to the country he hopes […]

  • Deceit

    Comcast Is Being Sued for Allegedly Deceiving Customers

    Consumer Protection 

    Washington state is suing Comcast for more than $100 million, its attorney general’s office announced Monday. The lawsuit alleges the cable giant deceived subscribers by offering a “near-worthless” service protection plan, charging improper service fees and conducting improper credit screening. The state is seeking refunds for more than 400,000 residents. The lawsuit primarily takes issue with Comcast’s Service Protection Plan, a nationwide program that claims subscribers can avoid being charged for certain technician visits to their home in exchange […]

  • credit score

    6 Universal Truths About Credit Reports

    credit Personal Finance 

    Credit reports: They’re complicated. You can’t really argue with that sentiment: They are long and often unwieldy; there are three major versions of them, and they can affect more facets of your life — like, say, your ability to get certain jobs — than you may think. Fortunately, there are some things that are true, no matter what credit report you’re looking at. Here are six universal truths about credit reports. 1. They’re All Going to Have the […]

  • Texting

    4 Things You Should Never Text or Email

    Identity Theft Technology 

    Most of us in our “instant gratification isn’t enough” society assume that the potential fallout from transmitting sensitive information via text, fax or email is outweighed by the convenience of getting something where it needs to be fast. After all, becoming the victim of an identity-related crime isn’t the end of the world, right? Define “End of the World” While it’s not technically the end of the world, you may find yourself wishing for it. […]

  • democrats and republicans

    Are Democrats or Republicans Better With Money?

    Politics Personal Finance 

    With America being greatly divided these days — be it red versus blue states, Democrats or Republicans, etc. — it’s easy to get caught up in the fray. Americans will argue and try to differentiate themselves in just about every way. Do you believe in the concept of working together toward a common good? You might be labeled a Socialist. Do you think people should take responsibility for their own lives, health, and finances? You’re […]

  • Piggy bank

    How 50-Somethings Should Plan for Retirement

    Retirement Personal Finance 

    Odds are, if you are in your 50s, you have thought about retirement one time or another. Regardless of whether this is your final decade of working for the man — or being the man — it is important that you start to create a retirement vision. This means putting your 3 p.m. daydreams, at least the realistic ones, on paper. Write Down Your Goals When creating a retirement vision, start with location and lifestyle: Where do […]

  • Texts you should ignore

    7 Texts You Should Ignore

    Technology 

    Whether you’re trying to win tickets to a sold-out concert, remind your partner to buy milk, vote for your favorite reality TV personality or ask your headphones-encased kid a question, there’s a text for that. While texting is a great convenience and time saver (not to mention an international obsession), if you respond to a wrong text — think: Wyle E. Coyote and the Roadrunner — look out below! Phishing via text works the same […]

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