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Baby Boomers and the Dilemma of Facing Retirement

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In 2006, the group of Americans known as baby boomers (1946-1964) turned 60 years old. Now almost a decade later, a number of them are either heading toward or have entered the retirement phase of their lives. The fact is that this is a transition that is not always as serene as many boomers envision such an experience will be. ... Read More »

    Foundation for Financial Planning Provides Free Financial Planning for Needy


    Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) February 19, 2015 The Foundation for Financial Planning, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization has elected two new trustees to its Board of Trustees: Kristina Hooper, head of U.S. Capital Markets Research & Strategy for Allianz Global Investors and Stewart H. Welch, III, founder and managing member of The Welch Group, LLC. The newly elected Trustees ... Read More »

      The National Foundation for Credit Counseling Supports America Saves Week

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      The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) is proud to support America Saves Week February 23 – 28, 2015. America Saves is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. “Savings is the foundation for financial stability, especially in challenging economic times,” said Bruce McClary, spokesperson for ... Read More »

        New Consumer Advocate Website From Investigative Journalist David Kohn

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        Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) February 19, 2015 Trusted reporter David Kohn’s new website provides valuable advice on some of the most complex and costly consumer products and services. Kohn, a prize-winning investigative journalist and consumer advocate, has spent his life probing for information, deeply analyzing it, then assembling it in a user-friendly form. Tapping into his journalistic skills, with more ... Read More »

          Should I Use Tax Credits or Deductions to Save on My Student Loans?


          By Kaitlin Butler, CommonBond It’s understandable if your eyes are glazing over with tax talk, but it’s time to wake up: you could save thousands of dollars each year by filing for the right tax benefits. If you graduated within the last tax year and have student loans, then you especially stand to gain from education tax benefits. Common benefits ... Read More »

            10 Tips for Boosting Your Credit Score in 2015

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            By Paula Pant, contributor Your credit score is more than just a three-digit string of numbers; it holds real power over your ability to rent an apartment, apply for a mortgage, secure a car loan and even get a job. What can you do if your credit score isn’t as great as you’d like it to be? Here are ... Read More »

              DebtWave Credit Counseling, Inc. Unveils New Website


              San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 18, 2015 DebtWave Credit Counseling, Inc. introduced their rebranded image to the public in January 2015. Their recently launched website features a redesigned logo and color scheme to accompany their new slogan–“Making Your Life Simple.” Their unofficial mascot, a piggy bank, can be found in their logo as well as in various short videos on ... Read More »

                National Debt Relief Talks About Efficient Grocery Shopping

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                National Debt Relief recently shared in an article how consumers can make their grocery shopping as efficient as possible. The article shares some tips for people to use when then next grocery shopping comes around. Miami, FL (PRWEB) February 19, 2015 National Debt Relief recently shared in an article published February 15, 2015 how consumers can make their grocery shopping ... Read More »

                  4 Financial Must-Dos Before Getting Married

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                  Having been married for over 20 years — hello, where did the time go? — Valentine’s Day was, well, just another day. It’s not that I am any less in love. Quite the opposite. And a lot of my peers have the same blasé bias about February 14th, even though they still love their spouses with gusto. It simply no ... Read More »

                    These Inexpensive Homes Could Help Fix Rural America’s Affordable Housing Crisis


                    Students at Auburn University may be turning their home-building expertise into real-world housing market solutions. Since 1993, the university’s Rural Studio Design Workshop has allowed students to ditch the comforts of campus and head to the state’s Black Belt region — where poverty is high and jobs are scarce — to create innovative and affordable housing projects. As City Lab ... Read More »

                      What to Know When Working With the College Financial Aid Office

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                      Paying for college is a major financial commitment for students and their families. Fortunately, there are many sources of financial aid that can help reduce the price tag of a college education. And one of the best places to learn about your options is the college Financial Aid Office. Your Gateway to Information The Financial Aid Office serves as a ... Read More »

                        Best Credit Cards for Every Type of Traveler


                        Photo via Shutterstock For a long time, we here at SmarterTravel have been recommending plastic as the best way for travelers to spend money: credit cards for big-ticket purchases, debit (ATM) cards for cash. But which cards to choose? Clearly there is no single best card. What’s best for you depends on what you want by way of extras and ... Read More »

                          401(k) Limit Updates Worth Knowing for 2015


                          Every year someone asks me how much they can actually contribute to their 401(k). There seems to be a ton of confusion. Some 401(k) participants seem to think it’s a percentage. They are confused by the match percentage. Somehow they have confused that’s the max that they should contribute. Not true, that’s the max contribution to get your employers match. ... Read More »

                            Lawmakers In House, Senate Investigating Fraudulent Returns Filed With TurboTax


                            (JeepersMedia) Joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service on the case of bogus tax returns filed used Intuit’s TurboTax software will now be lawmakers from both the House and Senate, who have started probing the recent flurry of fraudulent activity. TurboTax temporarily put a hold on filing all state tax returns due to reports of fraudulent ... Read More »

                              Tips for Staying On Top of Monthly Expenses

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                              While “Mo Money Mo Problems” may be the anthem for famed rap stars, hotel heiresses and other multi-millionaires, the rest of America could use a little extra just to meet monthly expenses. These suggestions can help you manage your money and stay on top of your rent and bills: Create a Budget Whether you’re in debt or simply trying to ... Read More »

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