Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

Identity Theft

Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

Should We Kill the Social Security Number?

While tax season is still producing eye twitches around the nation, it’s time to face the music about tax-related identity theft. Experts project the 2014 tax year will be a bad one. The Anthem breach alone exposed 80 million Social Security numbers, and then was quickly followed by the Premera breach that exposed yet another… Read More

5 Money Tips for Vacationing With Friends

Personal Finance

5 Money Tips for Vacationing With Friends

5 Money Tips for Vacationing With Friends

You love hanging out with some compatible friends or families and you both love to vacation. Why not go on a joint vacation? It can be tricky to navigate trip-planning and financing with others, but you also have the potential to enhance your experience and even save some money. Communication is obviously key to a… Read More

Parents: How to Start Planning for College

Students

Parents: How to Start Planning for College

Parents: How to Start Planning for College

Too many parents make the mistake of waiting until the fall of their child’s senior year to start thinking about college. However, by waiting, your child could miss out on a number of opportunities that could end up costing your family thousands of dollars in missed financial aid and scholarships. Ideally, you should have started… Read More

How Your Budget Can Help You Build Credit

Credit Score

How Your Budget Can Help You Build Credit

How Your Budget Can Help You Build Credit

The building blocks of a healthy financial life are all tied to your budget — how much money is coming in, going out and where is it being used? Answering those questions and creating a budget that works for you can have a ripple effect on the rest of your finances. Specifically, a good budget… Read More

10 States With Stubbornly High Foreclosure Rates

Mortgages

10 States With Stubbornly High Foreclosure Rates

10 States With Stubbornly High Foreclosure Rates

Foreclosure activity in the U.S. was at an eight-year low in the first quarter of 2015, despite an increase in activity in March, according to the most recent foreclosure report from real estate data company RealtyTrac. The number of residential properties with a foreclosure filing — default notice, scheduled auction or bank repossession — decreased… Read More

Shirley, You Can’t Be Serious. Airplanes Are Hackable?!

Identity Theft

Shirley, You Can’t Be Serious. Airplanes Are Hackable?!

Shirley, You Can’t Be Serious. Airplanes Are Hackable?!

There are two ways to describe an important report issued by Congress’ General Accountability Office this week about airplanes and computers. Here’s how the GAO titled its paper: “FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen.” And here’s how many observers described the report: “Airplanes can be hacked through passenger… Read More

The First Credit Card With an On/Off Switch

Credit Cards

The First Credit Card With an On/Off Switch

The First Credit Card With an On/Off Switch

Have you ever misplaced your credit card, but weren’t sure if it was truly lost or stolen? When this happens, you may want to cancel your card, but then you know that you will have a lot of inconvenient problems to deal with. On the other hand, you might continue to look for the card, by which… Read More

Are Credit Union Credit Cards Better?

Credit Cards

Are Credit Union Credit Cards Better?

Are Credit Union Credit Cards Better?

There are so many kinds of credit cards, it can be hard to sort through them and determine the pros and cons of the kinds of plastic you have (or want to have) in your wallet. Chances are the institution you use to manage your finances has some sort of credit card offering, but that… Read More

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