6 Tips for Your Financial Spring Cleaning

 

As we celebrate the spring season by cleaning, sorting and tidying up around the house, why not add financial organization to your spring cleaning to-do list? 

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How to Protect Your Loved One from Financial Abuse

Financial exploitation is one of the most common forms of abuse committed against older Americans. According to a Metlife study, an estimated $2.9 billion is lost annually to scams explicitly targeting seniors. 

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6 Financial Traps New College Graduates Should Avoid

More than 70 percent of college graduates began their career owing more than $37,000 in student loans in 2016.

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8 Ways to Stop Identity Theft

More than 15.4 million Americans were victims of identity fraud last year, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. The American Bankers Association is offering eight tips to help consumers protect their information and avoid becoming a victim.  

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Preventing Tax Return Fraud

You work hard for your money (cue Donna Summer tune from 1983...) and you (and/or your spouse, accountant, tax service, accounting major nephew, etc.) work even harder to make sure you get to keep as much of that money as possible after paying taxes.

Don't let a devious cybercriminal make it all for nothing. Our friends at NerdWallet have compiled the following up-to-the-minute advice for keeping fraudsters at bay this tax season.

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What's the BEST Way to Save? (Part Two)

Last week we talked about the variety of accounts that will safely store (and potentially grow) your hard-earned savings: traditional savings, money markets, Christmas clubs, individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and certificates of deposit (CDs).

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What's the BEST Way to Save? (Part One)

OK, so the title of this blog may be a trick question. Here's why...

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Santa Is Real, But THESE Are Totally Fake

 

It's the first week of December, and most of us are already knee-deep in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. But while we're perpetually preoccupied with holiday shopping, tree-trimming, and cookie-baking, cyber criminals are laser-focused on taking advantage of our distraction.

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Why Things Will Look Up When You Downsize

Ahhh...the empty nest.  At first, it's bliss. You finally have privacy!  You no longer have to stock the fridge with pizza rolls! Your laundry and dishwashing tasks are cut in half!  Soon, though, you notice that your voice is echoing through the empty halls and your spare rooms are growing spider webs.  Is it time to consider downsizing?

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Is Fall the Best Time to Buy a House?

Sometimes it's smarter to buy certain items according to the season, like sweaters near the end of  winter and swimsuits in late summer. But what's the best season for buying a house?

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