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When Should You Teach Your Child About Credit?

If you’re not teaching your child about money, you should be. But at what age should you begin teaching your child about credit? Children can learn age-appropriate money lessons starting from about the age of 3. Credit is a more complicated concept that may be introduced around age 11 and developed continuously until your child… Read More

The Ugly Truth About Marrying Bad Credit

If you’re thinking about marrying that special someone, now is the time to talk about money, credit and financial goals. Don’t wait until after the wedding to find out the ugly truth about marrying bad credit. Even if you’re uncomfortable talking about finances, you must find a way to ease into the conversation. You cannot… Read More

HAWK Program Helps First-Time Homebuyers Save on Mortgage Costs

It’s no secret that many hopeful homebuyers have been shut out of the rebounding housing market, unable to take advantage of low but rising home prices because they cannot obtain a mortgage under new, stricter lending guidelines that most major lenders implemented in response to the foreclosure crisis. The strict lending guidelines are designed to… Read More

Can Freezing My Credit Prevent Identity Theft?

Identity theft is one of the most common and costly crimes in America, expected to become the number one property crime in the near future. Some estimates peg the total price tag at about $100 billion each year, just in the U.S. Even though most victims are merely inconvenienced by the need to cancel and… Read More

How to Check Your Child’s Credit Report

I’ve just obtained my 4-year old’s first passport, complete with adorable photo. We’re planning a family vacation in Nova Scotia, Canada this fall to enjoy the changing colors and attend a Celtic music festival. We’ll also visit a working farm where she’ll help milk a cow and churn butter. But while I plan our hikes… Read More

The Approved Card from Suze Orman Shuts Down

The Approved Card from Suze Orman, a prepaid debit card, will no longer work as of July 1, 2014. There was no announcement or press release. The information showed up in letters to account holders in June. Nor was any reason given for the shutdown. It may have been that the business was simply losing… Read More

The Staggering Costs of Identity Theft in the U.S.

The effects and losses caused by personal identity theft in the U.S. are staggering. Approximately 16.6 million people experienced at least one identity theft incident in 2012 (the most recent data available) and financial losses totaled $24.7 billion. That’s an average loss of around $1,500 per victim. Indeed, the overall costs of identity theft to… Read More