Car Shopping: New Or Used?

January 30th, 2015

It happens to everyone. The old clunker gasps its last smokey gasp at the side of the road, and you’re left to face a sickening reality – you need some new wheels. The ads on television all scream in your ear, “New Car! New Car! New Car!” A shiny, clean new car does sound appealing,

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Dealing with Identity Theft

January 26th, 2015

If you receive a collection notice concerning an account that is unfamiliar to you, you should not ignore it.  Someone may have stolen your identity and used it to fraudulently obtain credit in your name.  This happened to me in 1998. The scheme generally works as follows. Someone, likely part of a ring, gets ahold

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6 Ways To Save On Insurance

January 23rd, 2015

  Insurance allows consumers and businesses the ability to protect themselves and their possessions from the risk of loss. For a seemingly low annual payment, an insurance company will issue a policy on nearly any type of asset or item (or individual in the case of health insurance) and pool that risk of loss along

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7 Ways to Retire with $1 Million

January 19th, 2015

  Many workers will be able to accumulate $1 million over the course of their career if they save consistently beginning at a young age, invest prudently, and avoid withdrawing money early. It helps, of course, to sidestep fees, taxes, and penalties along the way whenever possible. Here’s what it takes to become a millionaire

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Buying a Car – Should you buy new or used?

January 10th, 2015

Buying a car can be expensive, so it’s important you get it right. One of the biggest decisions you need to make is whether to buy a new or used car. New cars are more expensive but are generally more reliable, whereas used cars are cheaper but might cost more to run. Should you buy

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Tips for Preventing Identity Theft

January 9th, 2015

Identity thieves steal your personal information to commit fraud. They can damage your credit status and cost you time and money restoring your good name. To reduce your risk of becoming a victim, follow the tips below: Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet or write it on your checks. Only give out

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Insurance Basics: How to Save on Insurance

January 8th, 2015

All insurance works pretty much the same way: You pay a premium (a set amount of money) to the insurance company, usually on some sort of schedule (monthly or yearly, for instance. In return, the company issues an insurance policy to you, which is a contract that gives you certain coverage, or financial protection. When

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Save for Retirement and Still Pay Your Kids’ College Costs

January 7th, 2015

BY IVORY JOHNSON, CNBC You can borrow money for a college education but not for your retirement. It’s what we, as financial experts, truly believe. But a constant tug-of-war between 401(k) plans and Section 529 college savings plans has ensued in investors’ hearts and minds—and neither side appears to be winning. Identifying priorities is no easy task. Just

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Ultimate Guide to Retirement II

October 27th, 2014

Where should I save my retirement money? Tax-favored retirement accounts such as individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and 401(k)s are the best places to save for your retirement. The different types of plans have different features, but most of them allow you to defer taxes on the money you save and the returns you earn within the account. “Tax deferral”

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7 Ways to Protect Yourself from ID Theft

October 20th, 2014

ID theft: It’s still a Problem Identity theft is everywhere. Turn on your TV, and you’ll see “special reports” on how to prevent it. Turn on the radio, and hear ads for services pledging to protect you from it. Search for it on Google, and you get 140 million results. In fact, according to a

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