The Secret to Getting Cheaper Insurance

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The Secret to Getting Cheaper Insurance

The Secret to Getting Cheaper Insurance

Have your auto or homeowner insurance rates been creeping up? If so, you may have been “POed” by your auto insurer. According to new information from the Consumer Federation of America, some insurance companies are secretly “price optimizing” customers; charging them a higher rate for no other reason than they think the customer won’t shop… Read More

New Bill Would Mandate a Free Annual Credit Score

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New Bill Would Mandate a Free Annual Credit Score

New Bill Would Mandate a Free Annual Credit Score

Americans would gain free access to their credit scores and new rights to challenge errors that keep scores low under a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The “Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act” is sponsored by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). The legislation would force the… Read More

What’s in My Credit Report?

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What’s in My Credit Report?

What’s in My Credit Report?

Credit reports are among the many documents in our lives that are a dreadful combination of boring and important. They can also be very long, which adds to the fun of reviewing one. But they’re not all that bad once you know what you’re looking at, and it’s pretty self-explanatory: It’s a report on your… Read More

3 Signs You’re Sabotaging Your Retirement

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3 Signs You’re Sabotaging Your Retirement

3 Signs You’re Sabotaging Your Retirement

Even if retirement is a long time away, there are steps you can take now to make sure it happens eventually. But sometimes, it’s the steps you aren’t taking that can have the biggest impact on your financial goals. Here are three signs you’re sabotaging your own retirement. 1. Avoiding the Topic Whatever your plans… Read More

How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

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How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

How to Remember All the Passwords You’re Resetting

If you’re like most people, the news of the Heartbleed bug and how broadly its security flaw spread is worrisome enough. But the list of sites where you absolutely have to change your passwords looks daunting for anyone. You probably have to change passwords on your email, your Facebook, and maybe even your online dating… Read More

How to Hit a Financial Home Run

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How to Hit a Financial Home Run

How to Hit a Financial Home Run

Spring is in the air and that means baseball season is officially here. Growing up in a split household, where my mom rooted for the Mets while my father cheered on the Yankees, baseball was always on the TV or the radio and a frequent dinner table discussion. I knew the rules of America’s pastime… Read More

Can Posting Bail Hurt Your Credit?

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Can Posting Bail Hurt Your Credit?

Can Posting Bail Hurt Your Credit?

It’s spring, and that means spring break, graduation season and perhaps a bit of reckless behavior parents hadn’t expected. If you get a 2 a.m. phone call — the good news that your kid is not in the hospital, the bad news that he needs bail money — what’s a sleepy, startled parent to do?… Read More

4 Credit Cards for Geeks

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4 Credit Cards for Geeks

4 Credit Cards for Geeks

There was a time when the word “geek” was an insult. That was before the most prominent geeks made billions and we all relied on our favorite geeks to offer solutions our everyday technical challenges. Today, many of us are proud to geek out on our favorite computers, tablets, smartphones and other devices. Another aspect… Read More

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