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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

Budgeting Questions to Answer Before the End of the Year

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As we move toward the end of the year, there’s no better time to review your budget with an idea of making changes for the better. By focusing on the right budgeting questions, you can adjust your approach to ensure more success in 2019. While there are many questions to answer, these three are among the most important: •    Will your income remain the same in the new year? You may not know the answer...
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Are Premium Rewards Worth the Expensive Annual Fee?

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The perks on premium rewards credit cards look great, but the high annual fee causes many people to run the other way. The annual fee on a premium rewards credit card can be as high as $550 and unlike many other types of credit cards, the annual fee isn’t waived in the first year. That means you have to start paying for the credit card right away. In some cases, what looks like a steep...
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Great write up! It is often hard to compare various cards as today, banks and credit unions keep changing what the benefits are! I... Read More
Sunday, 04 November 2018 11:34
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Personal Finance Tips in your 30s

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As I creep into my 30s (I won’t tell you my exact age!), I think it is even more important to stay on top of your personal finances. As you move into your 40s and 50s, you will likely have less flexibility, so it is really important to take some important financial strides in your 30s. Below are personal finance tips for your 30s! Please let me know if anyone else has anything to add!...
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How to Prepare Yourself Financially When You are Expecting a Baby?

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For all of those lucky future parents out there, a baby is going to be a wonderful new adventure for you. Few things are as satisfying as watching your child grow up. One important thing you should consider is prioritizing your personal finances as soon as you know you are adding to your family. Below are some helpful tips people have given me to help ensure your family has a happy future.  Create a budget...
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How to Create a Will?

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Now that I have a child on the way, I have done some research and learned that I likely need to create a will. I never really thought about having to draft a will, but now that I am married and have a child on the way, I thought it would be a good idea to check it out. Based upon my research, below are some helpful tips on creating a will. Please share if...
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This is an important life document! If a person becomes deceased without a will ... most often they are at the whim of their state... Read More
Sunday, 04 November 2018 12:24
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3 Questions to Ask Your Credit Card Company Today

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When was the last time you reached out to your credit card company to ask a specific question? Were you happy with the answer, or left wanting more? There’s no reason to regularly contact your credit card company, but there are definitely times when it makes sense to do so. Here are three questions you should ask today: •    Is there any way to secure a lower interest rate? This is of particular importance if...
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3 Key Things Entrepreneurs Should Look for in a Credit Card

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As an entrepreneur, keeping your finances straight can make or break your business. Using a credit card can help you organize your expenses, keeping everything in one place so it’s easier to see what you’re spending. Having a separate credit card for your business helps you keep your business and personal expenses separate. This is key when it comes to accounting and filing your taxes. Keeping your expenses separate is also important for legally protecting...
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Start Preparing to File Your Taxes Early

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Are you the type of person who makes it a habit to file your tax return at the last minute? Are you hoping to get this off your plate earlier in 2019? Regardless of what you’ve done in the past, there are many reasons to file your taxes early next year. It’s a change to your typical system, but once you understand the benefits it’ll become second nature to you. 1. Faster Tax Refund There...
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This is a great idea, but I always file at the last minute. I am not a fan of taxes!
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:52
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The New UltraFICO Will Give Millions of Consumers a Score Boost

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Since it was created, the FICO score has been based only on consumer credit history. The score uses past credit information that's compiled by major credit bureaus to calculate a credit score that predicts a consumer’s likelihood of defaulting on a new credit or loan obligation. Next January, FICO plans to release the UltraFICO score, a score that could make it easier for millions of borrowers to qualify for loans they wouldn’t otherwise be able to...
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Great write up! Appreciate knowing what is coming and how it will work. Likely this new credit tool will benefit people that have ... Read More
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 04:30
Finance Globe
Indeed, this will likely provide many responsible and financially independent people a more accurate credit score. Excellent news,... Read More
Friday, 26 October 2018 22:18
Frank
Very very good news! I had heard this was coming down the pipeline. Thank you for summarizing Latoya!
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:50
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Don’t Overspend on These Holiday Road Trip Expenses

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With the holiday season just about in full swing, now may be the best time for you to make your travel plans. While some people hop on a plane to reach their holiday destination, others get behind the wheel and hit the road. Taking a holiday road trip can be a lot of fun, however, it can also set you back quite a bit of money if you’re not careful about your approach. Here are...
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My last holiday road trip was last year, and I spent ~$500. I was able to stay with family so no lodging costs. Gas and food were... Read More
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:49
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