12.21.16
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Avoid These Life Insurance Tax Traps

Few people like to think about the paperwork and financial logistics associated with death. It often feels more comfortable to pretend the day will never

12.20.16
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What Is ChexSystems?

Most of us have heard of Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian – the trifecta of credit bureaus that impact everything from credit card applications to car loans.

12.23.16
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What Is a Wire Transfer?

A wire transfer is perhaps the fastest and most efficient way to move money from one business to another or from one person to another.

12.23.16
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What’s a Patient Advocate – and Should You Have One?

Preventable medical error is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer, according to a recent study

12.22.16
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Six Predictions for the Housing Market in 2017

It’s nearly impossible to discuss the 2017 real estate market forecast without factoring in the Trump Effect. President-elect Donald Trump and his rhetoric, which may

12.19.16
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Microloans: Small Loans for Small Businesses

Microloans and microcredit are a form of business funding that many people often associate with developing countries and particularly impoverished and disenfranchised populations. That may

12.14.16
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Why Do You Need a Down Payment, Anyway?

When it comes to navigating through life, there are certain financial traditions and transactions that are difficult to avoid – among them paying taxes annually,

12.08.16
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Can a CD Loan Help You Build Credit or Tap Emergency Cash?

Here’s an approach to establishing, building, or repairing credit that few people are likely aware of: a CD loan. More specifically, the process usually involves

11.09.16
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How to Choose a Teen Checking Account

For many teens, learning about algebra and geometry is more common then learning to manage one’s personal finances. Perhaps it’s an unfortunate oversight in our education system,

10.26.16
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Road Outrage: Low-Income Drivers Are Charged More for Car Insurance, Even With a Clean Record

There’s an unfortunate reality when it comes to auto insurance that many drivers may not be fully aware of: Low-income drivers who have a perfect

10.26.16
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Four Ways to Get a Faster Tax Refund in 2017

When it comes to getting your tax return as quickly as possible, there are two or three key pieces of advice that professionals typically offer

09.06.16
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How to Qualify for a Small Business Loan

Applying for a loan under any circumstances is rarely fun. With all the paperwork and loan requirements, it probably ranks somewhere between visiting the dentist

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How to Build Business Credit

Nearly all of us have heard of someone financing a small business on personal credit cards just to keep the doors open until they become profitable. It’s

03.19.15
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The Ultimate Work-at-Home Job: Running a Bed and Breakfast

Running a B&B is a lifestyle occupation and, in many ways, the ultimate home-based business. It’s also an enormous amount of work. Photo: A.G. Thomson

03.19.15
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Why Americans Aren’t Ready for an Emergency

One in four Americans has more credit card debt than emergency savings. Photo: Alex Let’s talk about our saving skills for a minute, America. Because

06.23.16
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Three Apps for America’s Money Management Woes

Trying to keep up with bills can be overwhelming, and it’s no wonder: Many households pay up to 15 bills a month — one every other

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Small Business Saturday: Snow Is Money for Plowz & Mowz

Andrew Englander and Wills Mahoney founded Plowz and Mowz, apps that let consumers order snow plowing or lawn mowing services from their smartphone. Photo: Plowz & Mowz

05.21.15
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20 Colleges Well Worth the Money

Here’s a sobering statistic: Over 20 years, you’d earn a better return investing your college fund in the stock market than actually using it to