Atlanta Woman Is a Victim of Tax ID Theft 2 Years In a Row

Identity Theft

Atlanta Woman Is a Victim of Tax ID Theft 2 Years In a Row

Atlanta Woman Is a Victim of Tax ID Theft 2 Years In a Row

Most people don’t enjoy tax season. Any of the thousands of Americans who experience tax-related identity theft find this time of year particularly frustrating. And then there’s Kenyatta Solomon, an Atlanta woman whose identity has reportedly been stolen to file fraudulent tax returns two years in a row. “It’s very frustrating, especially when they say they... Read More

The Rules of Credit Repair

Credit 101

The Rules of Credit Repair

The Rules of Credit Repair

There are no shortcuts to building great credit: Everyone starts with nothing, and if your credit score tumbles at some point, it takes time, patience and planning to recover. That doesn’t mean you have to figure it out by yourself, though you certainly can. If you have poor credit, want to improve it and don’t... Read More

When Should You Check Your Child’s Credit Reports?

Identity Theft

When Should You Check Your Child’s Credit Reports?

When Should You Check Your Child’s Credit Reports?

Parents have plenty of reasons to worry about how their kids will handle money and credit. How can you get them to save? Will they get a good job when they are on their own? Will they pay their bills on time? How much debt will they rack up if they go to college? Now... Read More

Do You Need Cyber Insurance?

Identity Theft

Do You Need Cyber Insurance?

Do You Need Cyber Insurance?

Many companies are taking advantage of cyber insurance to ease the blow of security breaches by hackers, according to The Wall Street Journal. Ever since Target was hacked, sales of these insurance policies have picked up. Schools are among the entities that have taken cyber insurance seriously, but every company with confidential data such as payroll information might... Read More

How to Pick the Perfect Credit Card

Credit Cards

How to Pick the Perfect Credit Card

How to Pick the Perfect Credit Card

Credit cards are convenient and secure methods of payment, but they are by no means simple financial instruments. Those who are looking for a new card can be confounded by confusing terms, conditions and offers of rewards. With cardholder agreements and guides to benefits that consume dozens of pages, how much of this information is... Read More

Reverse Mortgages: What the Ads Don’t Say

Mortgages

Reverse Mortgages: What the Ads Don’t Say

Reverse Mortgages: What the Ads Don’t Say

You’ve seen them on TV and heard them on the radio. They may be yesterday’s screen stars, but they’re today’s pitchmen for one of the hottest financial products that baby boomers of a certain age and financial circumstance want: the reverse mortgage. According to studies performed by Fidelity Investments and the Charles Schwab Corporation, 48%... Read More

The Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes You Can Make

Personal Finance

The Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes You Can Make

The Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes You Can Make

Estate planning is a conscious approach to organizing your personal and financial affairs in order to deal with the possibility of mental incapacity and death. The biggest mistakes you can make in estate planning are to plan improperly, or to fail to plan at all. Without the proper estate planning documents to protect your wealth... Read More

The Smart Way to Rebuild Credit

Credit 101

The Smart Way to Rebuild Credit

The Smart Way to Rebuild Credit

Even if you’re not the most organized person, you should have a plan for building a good credit score.  The good news is building credit isn’t complicated — you just need to know a few things to get started. Know What You’re Dealing With If you don’t know what’s broken, you’re going to struggle to... Read More

Will Mobile Banking Help the Unbanked?

Personal Finance

Will Mobile Banking Help the Unbanked?

Will Mobile Banking Help the Unbanked?

Most people have bank accounts, but 10.5% of the U.S. adult population is considered unbanked, meaning neither they nor their spouse or partner has a checking, savings or money market account. These people may find it difficult or expensive to deposit paychecks, use online payments or get loans. In a new report, the Federal Reserve... Read More

Google Improves Privacy Protection With Encrypted Gmail

Identity Theft

Google Improves Privacy Protection With Encrypted Gmail

Google Improves Privacy Protection With Encrypted Gmail

Since news outlets have reported the extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activity monitoring Americans, some consumers may be uneasy about the thought of agents looking over their emails. However, many tech companies have begun to fight back with added encryption techniques. Google, for example, has begun to encrypt all of its traffic between email users, email servers... Read More

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