Financial abuse against the elderly is real and costly. Some estimates put the total loss at $37 billion each year. While many abuses are instigated by strangers who prey on society’s most vulnerable, many losses are caused by people the victims trust. Here’s what you need to know to protect aging parents from financial fraud.
An excellent credit score opens the door to the best financing offers on the market. Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of them? Read on to learn the five essential habits of consumers with excellent credit scores.
For identity thieves, tax time is harvest time. It’s like the holiday season for retailers, and where many thieves make the bulk of their yearly earnings. Here’s a look at just how big of a problem tax identity theft is, why it’s growing, and what you need to know to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
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
They say the two sure things in life are death and taxes. Until recently, never-ending student loans could have been considered a third item on that list. Unlike most other debts, you can’t file bankruptcy on student loan debt unless you’re able to prove ‘undue hardship’, which is nearly impossible unless your circumstances are utterly
Shopping online at home in your PJs is quick and easy, but that convenience makes it all too easy to waste money on things you won’t really need or spend more than you would in a store. Here’s a look at online shopping mistakes that could be costing you money. 1. Getting sucked in by
We live in a digital age. You’d be hard-pressed to find a bank today in the U.S. that doesn’t allow account holders to log on and conduct at least basic transactions online. Indeed, banks are nudging customers to conduct more business online and go as paperless as possible, cutting costs while streamlining account management. Millions
By now, you should have received most of your pertinent tax documents for 2013. W2s, 1099s and other forms are supposed to be mailed by January 31st. If you haven’t yet received everything you were expecting, now is a good time to contact the entity to inquire as to the status of your forms. A