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  • 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 […]

  • 16 Ways You May Be Exposing Yourself to Fraud

    Column Blog 

    Stand in front of a mirror. There’s the enemy. Fraud doesn’t happen to you in a vacuum. Our personally identifying information (PII) doesn’t just get magically swiped. We “swipe” our information all the time, and it’s time to stop. The world runs on information, and no amount wishful thinking will fully extricate you from that. But there are some best practices. As I detail in my forthcoming book, Swiped, we all need to take responsibility […]

  • Don’t Wait Until 2016 to Make a Credit Resolution

    Column Blog 

    I get a lot of puzzled looks when I start wishing people Happy New Year after Labor Day — 2016 is four months away, after all. While the Jewish New Year is in two weeks, I’m not talking about that, either. (But since I mentioned it: Happy New Year to you and yours!) I’m talking about the start of a new school year, which is a great time to make a new resolution to improve […]

  • Will the Pension Generation Be Able to Retire Comfortably?

    Personal Finance 

    When it comes to consumer content on retirement planning, the industry is silent about the Silent Generation. It seems that most articles are related to the markets or the vast number of Boomers that are retiring every day. As a result, there are many living Americans in their 70s and 80s who are not getting the financial planning information they will likely need down the road. But why? This generation has assets, lives comfortably, and often […]

  • Students Are More Freaked Out About College Costs Than Their Parents

    student loans Personal Finance 

    Part of the problem with Americans’ insane amount of student loan debt is how many young adults get these loans without really grasping how much they will cost. More often than not, college-bound borrowers don’t have experience budgeting all the expenses that come after college, so it’s understandably difficult to comprehend how a $30,000 annual tuition bill will translate into post-graduate finances. Parents, who have that budgeting experience, would seem to have a better understanding […]

  • Did You Make One of These 7 Back-to-School Shopping Mistakes?

    Column Blog 

    As kids across the country embark on that saddest of journeys back to school after a summer of fun, wondering where all the time went, many parents may be having a similar reaction to the frenzy of back-to-school shopping and where their money went. While getting a child equipped for school is never a cheap date, for families who have a limited budget (or no budget at all) this time of year can be stressful, […]

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