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  • 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 […]

  • Housing wealth

    How Much House Do Americans Actually Own?

    Mortgages 

    When people say they own their home, it’s usually a half-truth at best. Often, a bank owns the home they live in — most of it, anyway. Still, Americans have a lot of real money tied up in their homes — on average, $150,506, according to a new report by the Urban Institute called “How Much House Do Americans Really own? Measuring America’s Accessible Housing Wealth by Geography and Age.” That amount represents what’s left over […]

  • Credit Card Mistake

    This is Why Wages Haven’t Increased in 50 Years

    Financial Literacy Money 

    Most experts will agree the economy has improved dramatically from its pale, feeble days during and directly after the Great Recession. Unemployment is down (even if there are a few caveats), low interest rates make it easier to make big purchases, and the stock market has largely recovered, except for a few bumps along the way. So why aren’t people rejoicing? The answer is simple: Their wages aren’t growing enough to afford the post-recession celebration. In fact, […]

  • Student loan

    The Big Things Missing from Hillary Clinton’s Student Loan Plan

    Politics student loans 

    Hillary Clinton unveiled her new and improved plan for making higher education more affordable. A few of her policy ideas are refreshed retreads, some others break new ground, and a few don’t do anything at all. For example: 1. “Students should never have to borrow to pay for tuition, books, and fees to attend a 4-year public college in their state…” Secretary Clinton proposes that the federal government support this goal with additional funding, the […]

  • Phishing

    5 Recent Phishing Lures that Could Snag You

    Consumer Protection Identity Theft 

    A recent study found that 70% of teens text and drive, largely due to FOMO (fear of missing out). These kids are ripe for phishing. But so are many of us. The distractions of life are a phishing campaign’s stock in trade. And while getting got by cybercrime will never be entirely avoidable, knowledge is your best protection. While it goes without saying that texting and driving is illegal, and inter-galactically stupid, it also makes […]

  • iPhone Privacy

    Threat of Ransomware Growing for Mobile Phones

    Data Security Technology 

    There’s been a scary increase in successful ransomware attacks against large organizations this year. Specifically, hospitals have found themselves at the mercy of hackers who demand ransom payments to unlock critical system files. Recently, there have been signs that these criminals have moved on to universities, too. The University of Calgary admitted to Canadian media last month that it paid a $20,000 ransom “to address system issues.” But individuals have something new to worry about. […]

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