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Investing

Look Back Think Forward

Look Back Think Forward

How will the next 30 years of investment performance benefit you? No one can say for certain, but you can look at the past to get an idea. In the […]

Investing

Diversify Your Portfolio

Diversify Your Portfolio

  It’s true that buying into a single mutual fund or exchange traded fund (ETF) delivers more effective diversification than you can create on your own. But you can diversify […]

Investing

It's a Gamble...Right?

It’s A Gamble… Right?

Let’s get one thing clear: Investing isn’t gambling. It’s a way to take on calculated risks over time to put your money to work for you. Most of the time, […]

Investing

Could an IRA Help With Your Taxes

Could an IRA Help with Your Taxes?

Could you have cut your tax bill by contributing to an IRA this year? It’s a common question during tax season and the answer is; it depends. Specifically, it depends […]

Credit

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Why does paying on time matter?

When you want to build positive credit history and improve your credit score, the most important rule to remember is never, never, never be late to pay. Your FICO® credit […]

Credit

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Credit fix scams

Getting caught in a credit crisis can make you desperate and vulnerable to scams. You want that house, that car, or even that job — and you’ll lose it if you can’t […]

Budget

Budget Strategy

Once you know what money you have to work with and where it goes, you get to shift focus from what is to what could be. Where do you need and want your money […]

Budget

Budget Recon

Ready to create a budget? Great! First, know where you stand by tallying up all the funds coming in (whoo hoo!) and all the spending going out (wah wahhhh). We […]

Budget

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School Shopping for Young Families

If you’ve got kids heading to school you know that it can be an expensive time of the year. Spending hundreds of dollars to get them ready to enter (or […]

Budget

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“Most” Deductions Are Expenses, Too

When you document your pay for budgeting purposes, put in your gross — the amount you make before taxes or other deductions are taken out. Then, note each deduction as […]

Budget

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Review Your Finances before Deploying

Deployment: It’s a basic fact of military life. It’s also one of the most challenging situations a military family can face. Lives and living situations change. Family routines are interrupted. […]

Budget

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A Method to the Budgeting Madness

Think of learning to stick to a budget, like training for a fitness goal. If you want to run a marathon, you’ll put together a training plan that suits your unique personality […]