Finance

Seeking a small business loan? What you should know

Small businesses still struggle to obtain credit; nearly half of those who applied for credit in 2016 didn’t get all the funding they sought, and 17 percent of those who didn’t apply for financing skipped it because they didn’t think they could get what they needed, according to th...

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3 tips to save money every wedding guest should know

Wedding season fills summer weekends with nuptials, and while we enjoy celebrating the bride and groom, all the “something borrowed and something blue” adds up to some serious green. In fact, a new survey from Bankrate.com (April 2017) found that nearly half of those surveyed — 47...

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How to use your home equity in retirement

Most of us save and plan for decades to enjoy the period of our life when we no longer need to go into the office and work an eight-hour day for a paycheck. But even with those decades of hard work, it can be tough to save up enough cash to cover all your costs in retirement. Many soon-to-be-retiree...

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5 steps that can improve your credit score in 100 days or less

Low interest rates, a strong economy and the turn of the seasons are all causing the real estate market to heat up. More homes on the market bring more competition to buy the inventory that is out there. And one way to stand apart from other buyers who are vying for their dream home is to take steps...

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5 tips to find the financial advisor to match your retirement goals

The idea of retirement may start out as a distant dream. You have hopes and plans for that special time that seems so far away. Sooner or later that time will be here and hopefully you’ll be ready. However, recent research shows many people are not prepared to enjoy a financially stable retire...

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Spring cleaning to make money: Don’t toss these 5 hidden sources of extra cash

Before we soak up the summer sun, we need to think about spring cleaning. As you clear out your closets and drawers, be on the lookout for these five often overlooked sources of money: 1) Gift Cards: About $ 1 billion in gift cards goes unused each year, so instead of digging change out of your couc...

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6 tips for decoding college financial aid award letters

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The lowdown on low down payment mortgage

You would like to buy, but you can’t manage that 20 percent down payment. Does this sound familiar? The down payment is the biggest impediment to buying a home according to surveys, but in reality many individuals can qualify for a mortgage with as little as 3 percent down. It is important to...

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Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water?

We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours… and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell. It’s easy to forget about how powerfully destructive water can b...

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Learn the basics to avoid cell phone surprises

It’s easy to be overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a cellphone provider. Everyone claims to offer the best, cheapest and most comprehensive service. It can be especially baffling for seniors who, despite boundless wisdom elsewhere, may be newcomers to this technology. When you boil it down,...

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