How Often Should I Check My Credit?

Credit Score

How Often Should I Check My Credit?

How Often Should I Check My Credit?

If you’ve ever taken care of a sick child, you’ve probably checked their temperature much more often than you would ordinarily — and you may be using an actual thermometer instead of gently touching a forehead or neck to get a rough idea of whether there’s a fever. But what do you do when the… Read More

5 Scams That Plague Small Businesses

Identity Theft

5 Scams That Plague Small Businesses

5 Scams That Plague Small Businesses

We’ve all seen the breaking news stories about the massive data breaches involving big-box retailers such as Target and Michaels. These incidents left consumers in fear, but the companies were able to absorb the losses. Unfortunately, small businesses don’t always have the luxury of recouping massive financial losses after a breach. In severe cases, they’re… Read More

How to Stash Half Your Income in Savings

Personal Finance

How to Stash Half Your Income in Savings

How to Stash Half Your Income in Savings

It probably sounds impossible. It may even feel impossible. But increasing the percentage of your income that you put toward savings can pay off big time. Adding more money to your retirement can allow you to retire earlier or live a more lavish lifestyle in retirement. So before you set your long-term financial goals like the… Read More

How to Buy a Boat Without Sinking Your Finances

Personal Finance

How to Buy a Boat Without Sinking Your Finances

How to Buy a Boat Without Sinking Your Finances

Whether paddling across a pond in a 6-foot canoe or putting out to sea in a 60-foot yacht, boating is back — big time. With the onset of warm weather, you may be tempted to plunge into boating, too. As it turns out, you don’t have to be rich to own a boat. The National Marine… Read More

4 Ways Credit Cards Will Change By 2020

Credit Cards

4 Ways Credit Cards Will Change By 2020

4 Ways Credit Cards Will Change By 2020

It’s hard to believe how some things have changed during our lifetime. Not long ago, we used to hurry home to watch our favorite shows on low-definition televisions, but now we stream high-def programing on demand through the Internet onto any device with a screen. In addition, we now have our choice of dozens of hybrid and electric cars that… Read More

What Happens to Your Credit When You Die?

Credit 101

What Happens to Your Credit When You Die?

What Happens to Your Credit When You Die?

What exactly does happen to your credit when you die? It’s certainly not an everyday question that comes up, but whether you’re dealing with the estate of a loved one, or you’re wondering for your own estate-planning purposes, it’s certainly an important one. It’s no minor detail to secure the credit details in the event… Read More

‘Delayed, Harassed & Threatened': Feds Fine Mortgage Servicer $63M

Managing Debt

‘Delayed, Harassed & Threatened': Feds Fine Mortgage Servicer $63M

‘Delayed, Harassed & Threatened': Feds Fine Mortgage Servicer $63M

Nationwide mortgage servicing company Green Tree will pay $63 million to settle allegations that it mistreated mortgage holders, federal authorities revealed this week. According to a statement on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s website, “The mortgage servicer failed to honor modifications for loans transferred from other servicers, demanded payments before providing loss mitigation options, delayed… Read More

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