Imagine getting ready to deploy halfway around the world. You want to be absolutely certain that nothing goes financially haywire while you are away, and so you make sure you take care of business before you go. Your cellphone’s not going to work in Iraq, so you put that account on hold.
If you’re on Facebook, you probably love the convenience of connecting with friends and relatives. But did you know that identity thieves also love the convenience of Facebook for finding personally identifiable information (PII) about you?
The Fourth of July — a time of national pride, celebration, ice cream and you guessed it, fireworks. But while you dress in your best red, white and blue and reflect on all the things this country stands for, it can also be a good time to think about where you stand financially.
When with one of my friends recently, I walked past a building covered in “for rent” signs from a property management group in Chicago, where we live. “Oh, hey, it’s the company that robs me blind every month,” my friend muttered as she saw the logo.
Consumers routinely share their online banking passwords with third-party apps that help with everything from budgeting to tax preparation. Apparently banks would like this to stop. JPMorgan Chase posted this notice on its website in April:
One of the hardest things about letting a newly licensed driver leave the house in your car is this: They don’t know what they don’t know (but if you taught them to drive, you may have some ideas). They will learn, perhaps the hard way, and you won’t be there to offer warnings and commentary.
Student loans — can’t live with ‘em, but it seems most of us can’t live without them either. Higher education costs are on the rise and the cost and financing of your (or your child’s) college tuition can be tricky to navigate.
Some students worry about whether they’ll get the financial aid they need to pay for the next semester of college. Others wonder why there is a record of them taking out student loans when they didn’t apply — and now they can’t get the loans they need. Consider these scary scenarios readers have told us about recently:
For many students, the beginning of your college career is also the beginning of your transition to adulthood. You will likely have more freedom — and responsibility — than you have ever had before. One of the most important aspects to being an adult is planning ahead and living with intention, especially when it comes to your finances and building credit. As a credit coach, I’ve assembled the top five tips to help you start to build healthy credit and begin your life as a responsible adult.
It’s summer, and now hardly feels like the time to “work” on anything. But some things — like boosting your credit score — can be worth some extra motivation. And if you’re looking to finance a large purchase after Labor Day, now’s the time to work on your score.
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