How To Protect Your Accounts From Fraud

Posted by Richard on January 12, 2023

The internet provides endless conveniences. Unfortunately, however, it also offers fraudsters a plethora of ways to scam businesses and people. The web may have shrunk the world, but that may make it easier to bump into bad-faith actors. Account takeovers are one of the biggest threats, but there are steps you can take to protect […]

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Long-Term Planning For Long-Term Care

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It’s a new year and for many Americans, it’s smart to consider expanding or modifying insurance plans to better suit your needs. One thing folks should consider is long-term care (LTC). These plans typically help cover the costs for services like in-home care, stays at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and adult daycare programs. […]

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New Year — New Finances

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Were you better off last year than this year? If the answer is No, or you don’t know the answer, you’ve got some work to do. A study by Princeton Research Associates shows that, for all income levels below $100,000, people who have a written financial plan report twice as much savings and investments as […]

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Break Out The Bubbly

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The new year will almost certainly bring home buyers more homes to choose from and better prices, experts say. According to MarketWatch, a fresh group of new construction homes will come on the market in 2023 as builders complete projects, some of which were stalled due to supply problems. Meanwhile, buyers might see prices dip […]

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De-Grinching Christmas By Fighting Inflation

Posted by Richard on December 15, 2022

Maybe the Grinch isn’t real, but as inflation continues unabated, it could feel like your Christmas has been stolen. Happily, there are still ways to save some money. First, it’s smart to put your holiday gift list together earlier rather than later. This way, you’ll have more time to watch for great deals and you […]

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Payment App Fraud Can Be A Financial Disaster

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There are lots of ways to get scammed out of money these days, but it is happening frequently with payment apps. Pew Research found that 13 percent of payment app users realized they had sent money to scammers and 11 percent reported that their account had been hacked. Many more have likely been scammed without […]

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With Interest Rates Rising, Should You Still Buy?

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If you are ready, yes, you should buy. Interest rates are higher than they have been in a few years. However, when it comes to interest rates, you have to live in the present. No one can know what will happen in a year. If you buy now, and interest rates rise in the next […]

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Consider Locking Down Credit This Winter

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In honor of the shivering fingers and toes of winter, it’s a good time to freeze something else: Your credit. Freezing your credit these days can be relatively easy online and it can protect you from fraudsters looking to steal your identity and open credit cards in your name. If a criminal can get a […]

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Can A Reverse Mortgage Help Finance Retirement?

Posted by Richard on November 8, 2022

Yes. If you want to stay in your home and you need cash to pay ordinary living expenses, a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) could be a good option. The average retired person has a lot of money invested in their home. In fact, home equity represents about 66 percent of the average retired American’s […]

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What To Do When A Relative Asks For Money

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Someone you love needs money and they are asking you. Don’t reach into your wallet before you take a moment to think. * Consider the problem. Money isn’t the solution if the problem is that the relative spends too much, saves nothing, or doesn’t work. Your money only puts off the consequences for bad decisions. […]

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