How to Wrap Up Your Money for 2013

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How to Wrap Up Your Money for 2013

How to Wrap Up Your Money for 2013

December is a good time to reflect on all things important: family, friends and money. One can argue that money certainly should not be in the same category as friends and family. However, when it comes to how it impacts our lives, it is quite important. We spend time focusing on how much money we... Read More

American Express to Pay $75.7M for Credit Card Add-Ons

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American Express to Pay $75.7M for Credit Card Add-Ons

American Express to Pay $75.7M for Credit Card Add-Ons

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and American Express announced a $75.7 million settlement Tuesday related to illegal practices associated with American Express add-on products, like payment protection and credit monitoring. The products in question have been discontinued, as have the tactics used to sell and to charge consumers for the products. Though the marketing and... Read More

4 Bills You May Be Able to Eliminate

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4 Bills You May Be Able to Eliminate

4 Bills You May Be Able to Eliminate

Insurance is supposed to protect you from the unexpected. The idea is you pay a little over time and the insurance company then covers the financial burden if disaster ever strikes. Car accidents and illnesses can be costly, so car and health insurance can help. But it seems like there are now insurance policies for... Read More

Help! I Think Someone’s Using My Social Security Number

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Help! I Think Someone’s Using My Social Security Number

Help! I Think Someone’s Using My Social Security Number

Imagine going to your mailbox and getting a letter from a collection agency regarding a medical bill that you don’t recognize, and that was incurred in a state where you don’t live. Also troubling: The collection agency has your Social Security number, but it’s definitely not your bill. A reader named Sharon faced exactly that situation... Read More

A ‘State of the Union’ for Your Finances?

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A ‘State of the Union’ for Your Finances?

A ‘State of the Union’ for Your Finances?

Leaders across the country present annual status reports to their communities as a way to measure progress and identify goals for the future. The president gives the State of the Union, a governor conducts a State of the State speech — what about compiling one for your finances? A lot of financial institutions and budget... Read More

5 Ways to Save Cash Before the Ball Drops

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5 Ways to Save Cash Before the Ball Drops

5 Ways to Save Cash Before the Ball Drops

The day after Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people – obligatory gift returns, post-Christmas sales, pouring the last of the eggnog in your coffee, an end to holiday music in public spaces and on public airwaves. But it also means that 2014 is knocking on the door –... Read More

5 Signs You May Need a New Credit Card

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5 Signs You May Need a New Credit Card

5 Signs You May Need a New Credit Card

Americans enjoy a highly competitive market for credit cards. In fact, though we find that there are few alternatives to many services, we complain that too many credit card offers stuff our mailboxes each day. At the same time, choosing a new credit card is not the most enjoyable activity, and many cardholders remain loyal... Read More

How an Actor Organizes His Money

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How an Actor Organizes His Money

How an Actor Organizes His Money

Chet is a 30-something professional actor from British Columbia. Lily Nichol: First, can you tell me a little about yourself? Chet: Well, I’m originally from a town in the interior of B.C. I knew rather early on that I wanted to become an actor, so right out of high school I managed to get in... Read More

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