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8 Essential Things to Know When Estate Planning for Aging Parents
Nov 20

8 Essential Things to Know When Estate Planning for Aging Parents

Sooner or later, many of us have to face difficult, uncomfortable situations: age-related health issues in a parent or parents, and the potentially awkward but highly necessary discussions about protecting their interests, securing their assets, and making sure that there will be money, insurance, support and other factors so that they can get any care

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Holiday Finance Tips for Shoppers Who Plan on Using Credit Cards
Nov 19

Holiday Finance Tips for Shoppers Who Plan on Using Credit Cards

Getting caught up in the holiday shopping frenzy can mean bad news for your budget if you spend without a plan. That’s especially true for credit card users who want to avoid the New Year’s debt hangover that so often follows a December gift-buying spree. If you’re able to pay the balance off in full

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Why Every 20-Something Needs This Investment Management Tool
Nov 18

Why Every 20-Something Needs This Investment Management Tool

You can do just about anything with a smartphone these days, including keeping an eye on how well your investments are doing. When you’re still learning the nuances of the market, it helps to choose an app that’s both comprehensive and user-friendly. For 20-somethings who aren’t as experienced with investing, a simple approach usually works

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10 Things to Avoid Buying on Black Friday
Nov 17

10 Things to Avoid Buying on Black Friday

The official start of the holiday shopping season is right around the corner and that means it’s time to strap on your most comfortable shoes and hit the stores. There are sure to be plenty of deals on most of the items on your gift list but there are a few things you’re better off

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What to Do With $500 and How to Invest It Wisely
Nov 16

What to Do With $500 and How to Invest It Wisely

Smart spending is about making your purchases work for you. Sure, you could drop $500 on improving your work wardrobe in hopes of landing a raise or use it to have some fun and buy the latest iPhone which you could argue would help you manage your life, but there are better ways to spend.

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12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Working for Free
Nov 15

12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Working for Free

Things are kind of awkward in the job market; unpaid interns are working harder than their bosses, kids are making 6-figures a year off their YouTube channels, job creation is at record highs, yet underemployment is a seriously ignored issue. There are many complicated facts and figures associated with the job market this days, thanks

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Banks vs. Credit Unions: Where’s the Best Place to Get a Mortgage?
Nov 14

Banks vs. Credit Unions: Where’s the Best Place to Get a Mortgage?

Although 43 percent of all home sales in the first quarter of 2014 were all cash-purchases, a record percentage since RealtyTrac began tracking all-cash sales, millions of people still have to buy a home the old-fashioned way: They have to borrow money — in the form of a home loan or home mortgage — to

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The Essential Estate Planning Checklist for 20-Somethings

The Essential Estate Planning Checklist for 20-Somethings

Estate planning usually isn’t something people start thinking about until they’re older but it’s never too soon to start mapping out your long-term goals. Deciding how you want your assets to be divvied up or planning ahead for your end-of-life care might seem a little morbid but you have to be prepared for the inevitable.

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Brighten the Holidays With Credit Card Benefits for Shopping

Brighten the Holidays With Credit Card Benefits for Shopping

The holiday shopping season is right around the corner, and some say leave your credit cards at home when you make the trip to the mall. But that can be a short-sighted attitude when you consider that plastic is more than just a convenience, it also provides a form of “consumer insurance” for holiday shopping.

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4 Bad Spending Habits to Avoid in Your 20s
Nov 13

4 Bad Spending Habits to Avoid in Your 20s

Starting off on the wrong foot financially when you’re in your 20s can haunt you for decades to come. The millennial generation has witnessed firsthand the fallout caused by bad money choices and it’s substantially shaped the way they approach things like spending and debt. Despite being aware of the need to start saving for

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