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Credit Card Do’s and Don’ts

Submitted by Blake Faust on Friday, May 22, 2015 - 3:00pm

We all hear horror stories of credit cards’ risks, often about people who build up mountains of debt that take a lifetime to pay off. When used responsibly, though, credit cards can be some of your best friends in securing your long-term financial success. Here are a few do’s and don’ts.

Your Credit Report: Vital

Submitted by Kay Allen on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:00pm

Your credit report greatly influences whether you get a mortgage or other loan, take out insurance, rent a home or even secure a job. Few other numbers help or hurt your life so deeply. Here’s how to find and improve this key tool in your financial life.

ID Tax Theft: What to Do Next

Submitted by Sheri Iannetta Cupo on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:00pm

Your letter from the Internal Revenue Service says a bogus tax return was already filed in your name. Or your electronically filed return bounces back because fake returns are already on file with your Social Security number (SSN). Surprise: You may be the victim of identity theft. What can you do?

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.

Are You Protected Online?

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 3:00pm

We feel safe in a diminishing number of places these days, and online sure isn’t one. Identity theft and cyberattacks seem to run rampant almost every day. How can you fend off intrusions that might cost you agonizing hours – not to mention a lot of money – to correct?

Protecting Your Plastic

Submitted by Wes Moss on Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 3:00pm

It seems that credit card fraud and major retailer breaches are just a part of our everyday life now. As these attacks continue and hit more often, the best thing you can do is to be informed on how to prevent and minimize the damage.

Time to Dump Your Bank?

Submitted by Phillip Shrotman on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 9:00am

Need a reason to change from your large bank? How about last summer’s mega-breach of JP Morgan, which compromised information on millions of households using Chase Bank? Automatic teller and overdraft fees higher than ever? Oh, you who long to flee, the day is almost here.

Investing Trends to Dislike

Submitted by Jim Ludwick on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:00pm

I’m uncomfortable about a number of issues now affecting financial consumers. Here are a few that possibly concern your very own investments – and future.

Target date funds (TDFs) insufficiently researched. A target date mutual fund contains a mixture of stocks, bonds and cash equivalents, rebalanced to reduce the number of risky assets as you age toward retirement.

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