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Protect Your Credit, Don’t Take a Vacation From Your Finances

You can configure your smartphone so that it automatically backs up all your photos to the cloud. It’s possible to automate the deliveries of diapers and dog food to your doorstep. (Hello, Amazon Subscribe and Save!) And you can even put the task of paying all your monthly bills on autopilot. But when it comes… Read More

Safe Travels: How to Protect Your Identity While on Vacation

You should spend time on your summer getaway riding Space Mountain, sticking your toes in the sand, or touring ancient Roman ruins — not trying to protect all your financial information because you’ve been the victim of identity theft. So how do you minimize your risk and protect your identity while on vacation? Here, seven… Read More

4 Quick Tips for Maximizing Your Retirement Savings

You’ve been doing exactly what you needed to do in order to save for your golden years — setting money aside in a retirement account (whether it be a 401(k), 403(b), or IRA). Or so you thought. One look at your balance, and you realize that the lump sum isn’t nearly large enough. So how… Read More

Reality Check: Why Saving Money Is So Hard

 The key to financial success is simple: Buy less and save more. Yet this easy-to-comprehend adage is extremely difficult to follow. Case in point: According to a recent survey from America Saves (a campaign managed by the Consumer Federation of America), 63 percent of people are making only fair or no progress saving money. And… Read More

How to Avoid a Tax Audit

It’s April. And along with chirping birds and warmer weather, the arrival of this month means it’s also crunch time for filing your taxes. If even thinking about the taxman causes you to break out in hives from fear of being audited, calm your nerves. After all, the IRS audits only about one percent of… Read More

Is a High-Yield Checking Account Right for You?

For most people, having a checking account is a must when it comes to day-to-day financial transactions. And considering that most of us have money sitting in one all the time, wouldn’t it be great if you could earn interest on the money in your checking account? Well, you can — with a high-yield checking… Read More

Should You Refinance Your Student Loans?

According to the Institute for College Access & Success’ Project on Student Debt, the average college graduate is carrying around $29,400 in student loan debt. Of those student loans, almost 12 percent of them are 90 days or more past due, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which is more than any… Read More