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  • Brexit

    What Does Brexit Mean for American Travelers?

    Politics Money 

    In the midst of summer travel season, United Kingdom citizens voted to leave the European Union. With “Brexit” came a drop in the value of the British pound, which is lower than it has been in about 30 years, giving Americans a chance to get more for the dollar if they want to pack their bags and head to Europe. (As of this writing, the conversion rate is 1 pound to 1.33 U.S. dollars. The exchange rate has been as […]

  • Medical Debt

    There Have Been Double-Digit Increases in Medical Costs in Just a Year

    health care Money 

    Anyone who’s reviewed their health insurance statements is well-acquainted with just how high medical bills can climb. Now, a new analysis from TransUnion found that consumers are increasingly being asked to shoulder the costs. Per the credit bureau, patients saw a 13% rise in both deductible and out-of-pocket maximum costs between 2014 and 2015. The average deductible for consumers in 2015 was $1,278, compared to $1,131 in 2014. Out-of-pocket costs rose to $3,470 in 2015, compared to $3,065 the year prior, TransUnion […]

  • Gold stash

    9 Credit Lessons You Can Learn From ‘Game of Thrones’


    If you’re a fan of “Game of Thrones,” you can apply some of the show’s lessons to your financial life. Here are nine credit lessons the characters have inadvertently taught us over the last six seasons. (And, warning, there are spoilers ahead for those of you who haven’t caught up.) 1. Always Pay Your Debts  The unofficial motto of House Lannister is “a Lannister always pays his debts.” Whether actually true or not, it’s a […]

  • Password

    7 Steps to Safer Passwords for All Your Online Accounts

    Personal Finance 

    Some passwords are funny. Some are pretty weird. Some can be a math problem. Many can be laughably easy to hack (I give you “dadada, ”“qwerty,” “password” and”123qwe” to name a few.) — or very tricky. But one thing is for sure, they are never really 100% hack proof. Earlier this month, news broke that a significant number of Twitter passwords had been compromised and were being offered to anyone willing to fork over 10 […]

  • Spying Boss

    4 Signs Your Boss Is Spying on You


    Chances are, your boss is keeping an eye on you. In fact, the American Management Association (AMA) reports that 43% of companies actively monitor employee emails and roughly the same number track the time you spend on the phone and who you call (16% go so far as to record those calls). Nearly half of companies say they use video to reduce theft and workplace sabotage. Workplace monitoring is nothing new, of course. Bosses have probably been […]

  • Broke grad

    What Can I Do If My Roommate Won’t Pay Rent?

    Personal Finance 

    So your roommate did the unthinkable and stopped paying rent. You like the person, really, but just thinking about it turns your stomach, and you’re deeply concerned about what this could do to your finances. For starters, your landlord could notify a consumer reporting company such as RentBureau, which is owned by the credit bureau Experian, about the missed payments. And if your landlord is really upset, they could skip that step altogether and contact the credit bureaus directly. Either way, […]

  • Identity theft

    A Scheme You’ve Never Heard of Might Ruin Your Summer

    Identity Theft 

    Legendary Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis said, “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” Never were truer words spoken when it comes to protecting your identity. When it comes to synthetic identity theft, you have to be extra vigilant. Synthetic identity theft is committed in a variety of ways, ranging from simple (changing a […]

  • 7 Credit Myths That Just Won’t Die


    There are so many myths and misunderstandings when it comes to credit reports and scores. Not understanding how they work could have a negative effect on your creditworthiness, which can cost you money in higher interest rates on loans. Here is a list of seven common misconceptions about credit scores and the real deal behind them. 1. Myth: Closing Credit Cards Will Improve My Credit Scores Fact: Closing many cards at once can have a […]

  • Scam Alert

    Beware These Olympics Scams (Even If You’re Not Going to Rio)

    Identity Theft 

    With the 2016 Summer Olympics just around the corner, scammers are getting busy with various schemes to dupe fans. Here are some of this year’s Olympics scams to watch out for. Phishing Attacks  It’s the old-school scam in an unfamiliar package, this time masquerading as an email that appears to be the original marketing advertisement of the event in Rio de Janeiro. As tech blog Hackread reports, scammers are registering domains with terms like “Rio” and “rio2016” and also […]

  • Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves

    Senator Cory Booker Tweets His Support for “Swiped”


    New Jersey Senator Cory Booker posted his support for Adam Levin’s book “Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves” via Twitter. Grateful for my friend, consumer advocate @Adam_K_Levin and “Swiped,” his latest book on how to protect yourself from identity theft — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 9, 2016 Swiped was also recommended by Massachussetts Senator Elizabeth Warren in a November 2015 Facebook post, who referred to it as […]