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  • How to Master Your Credit Score without a Trial By Fire

    Column Blog Personal Finance 

    I was visiting a house of worship last Sunday – no, I didn’t have to wear a name tag – and while listening to Pastor Ryan (who coincidentally is also a lawyer) talk about the ways in which one can gain wisdom, the life lesson he discussed has applications far beyond the realm of morality or matters more spiritual. In particular, I was struck by a three-part prescription at the center of his sermon that […]

  • Credit Cards

    How Much Credit Card Debt Will You Have? Your Hometown May Be a Big Factor


    No one wants to find themselves buried under a bunch of credit card debt, but some of us are more prone to rack up debt than others, and it may be because of where we grew up. New research on credit card debt among college students indicates a person’s hometown has a greater impact on that person’s level of debt than his or her family or financial education. Researchers at the University of Kansas concluded […]

  • 11 Financial Behaviors You Don’t Want Your Kids to Learn From You

    Personal Finance 

    This article originally appeared on Credit.com and was written by Jeff Rose.  There’s nothing I would love better than to sit down and tell my three boys all the right things do about money. Unfortunately, just as is the case with every other lesson we provide, kids learn more from what we do than what we say. My boys are no exception to this. If our words say one thing, but our behavior goes in […]

  • Scam Alert

    Millennials Are Most at Risk for Job Scams

    Consumer Protection Identity Theft 

    Roughly one in six American job seekers have fallen for a scam when searching for work online, but victims are much more likely to be among the youngest Americans in the U.S. workforce, according to a recent survey. Considering that young people are generally seen to be more Internet-savvy than older people, it’s interesting that they’re more susceptible to scams, but millennials have a certain quality that might make them more likely to take the bait: […]

  • How to Keep Scammers From Pulling an Identity Theft Double Whammy

    Column Blog 

    When it comes to data security and the real-life impact of identity theft, public awareness is at an all-time high. But there is still great confusion and ignorance about what it is, how it happens, and what can be done to avoid the pitfalls of life after a data breach or personal compromise. Most of us still feel flummoxed—and perhaps a bit panicked—when we get a phone call, an email or a letter saying our […]

  • Nearly Half of Moms Go Into Debt Trying to Be the ‘Perfect Parent’

    Financial Literacy Personal Finance 

    You’d be hard pressed to find parents who don’t want the best for their kids, and many of them are spending beyond their means to do it. Nearly half (46%) of moms surveyed for BabyCenter’s 2015 Cost of Raising a Child report said they’ve gone into debt to cover child-rearing expenses, and that’s not terribly surprising, given that the survey puts the average annual cost of raising a kid at $13,248 (per child). To go […]

  • 3 Employee Benefits You’re Probably Taking for Granted

    Personal Finance 

    Ping-pong table in the office? Free massages at your desk? Gourmet drink making classes on the clock? Some workplaces have really stepped up their game. While these “extras” can seem great, it’s important to make sure you are taking advantage of the important stuff. Check out some of the work benefits you may need to make sure you’re taking full advantage of. 1. Retirement Savings Many employers provide some sort of retirement plan, like a […]

  • The Medical Identity Theft Apocalypse? Fear the Walking Files

    Personal Finance 

    Criminal cyber attacks on healthcare information repositories have increased 125% since 2010. With the announcement of the Excellus breach last week, the total number of big-headline medical information compromises reported in 2015 (such as Anthem, Primera, Carefirst) had crossed the mind-blowing demarcation line of 100 million files. The Excellus breach exposed the names of clients as well as their dates of birth, Social Security numbers, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, member identification numbers, financial account information […]

  • Credit report

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren & Rep. Steve Cohen: It’s Time to Stop Employer Credit Checks

    Government credit 

    Bad credit can happen for a lot of reasons, but today many people have bad credit through no fault of their own. Illness, job loss, divorce or the death of a loved one can plunge a family into unexpected hard times. In difficult circumstances like these, a drop in income or taking on more debt can badly damage a credit report—even for a person who continues to make every payment on time. For countless Americans, […]

  • Homeowners

    The 5-Minute Checklist for New Homebuyers

    Financial Literacy Mortgages 

    When you are trying to get approved for a mortgage you can afford, it’s important to make yourself as appealing a borrower as you can to lenders. Getting approved can be the difference between getting the home you want and watching competitors beat you out while you move into the lesser property down the street. Follow the below tips before you apply for a mortgage so you can give yourself the best odds of getting […]