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Attacking That Card Debt

Submitted by Cherice Chen on Friday, April 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

The price to sleep better at night for Lisa was $40,000. That was how much she owed in credit card debt. But getting her to take the painful steps to reduce that debt was tough. For instance, there were the gifts she loved to give to her beloved niece.

Coping When Illness Strikes

Submitted by Jeff Stimpson on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 3:00pm

Two jobs, a new home, education underway for a new career: Then, at just age 59, comes the stroke that leaves a husband with no bad medical history suddenly wheelchair bound and his younger wife tossing in the financial and emotional storm.

Boosting Your Credit Score

Submitted by Kimberly J. Howard on Friday, April 10, 2015 - 3:00pm

Each time you whip out your credit card, your purchase and how and when you pay it off contribute to your credit score. That score can determine – or wreck – your ability to buy big-ticket items such as homes. If your score’s low, here are ways to give it a boost.

Protecting Your Assets

Submitted by Rick Kahler on Monday, April 6, 2015 - 3:00pm

Besides helping you build wealth, your financial planner ought to also offer ways to help you safeguard it. One key – and often neglected – aspect of comprehensive planning is asset protection.

Greece: Hopeless Case

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Monday, March 16, 2015 - 9:00am

Is there hope for Greece, Europe’s worst economic sinkhole? No. Regardless of how many new bailouts or austerity renegotiations they get, the country is such a mess that optimism is fruitless.

Tracking Your Net Worth

Submitted by Mariza Wultsch on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:00pm

Your net worth is a barometer of your financial health. Regularly checking this number helps you assess where you’re at, measure your progress toward your goals and build a financial plan.

Shielding Kids From ID Theft

Submitted by Ryan J. Klekar and Janel Carroll Walker on Monday, March 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

Tax authorities demand to know why a fourth grader never reported thousands of dollars in income from a factory job. Collection agencies suddenly hound a college student for more than a decade’s worth of credit card debt. Shocking but true: Children and minors are actually almost as likely as adults to be victims of identity theft.