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How to Improve Your Credit Score

How to Improve Your Credit Score Almost no one is perfect when it comes to credit scores. The average score for Americans has been inching up over the past decade and is now close to 700. Many lenders consider that a good number, but the highest possible score is 850,  according to Fair Isaac Corp.,… Read More

5 Financial Resolutions For The New Year

5 Financial Resolutions For The New Year A brand new year provides the perfect opportunity to make meaningful life changes, including improved financial wellness. These five financial resolutions can help get your year off to a promising start. 1. GET ON BUDGET Take charge of your finances by creating a budget. Start by calculating after-tax… Read More

Defending Yourself Against Identity Theft

Defending Yourself Against Identity Theft As technology advances, you can be sure that identity thieves are not far behind. Here are some common methods cyberthieves use to steal your personal information and how you can increase your security while shopping or banking. PHISHING/VISHING Your email messages may not be quite what they appear to be if… Read More

First Job? Here’s How To Set Your Finances Up For Life

First Job? Here’s How To Set Your Finances Up For Life Landing that first job means having a regular influx of cash, but steady work alone doesn’t guarantee financial health. Here’s how to build the foundation for lifetime financial security. Get on Budget It truly doesn’t pay to wing it. Budgeting is the most effective… Read More

Is Fall the Best Time to Buy a House?

Is Fall the Best Time to Buy a House? Sometimes it’s smarter to buy certain items according to the season, like sweaters near the end of a winter and swimsuits in late summer. But what’s the best season for buying a house? The answer: the fall. As temperatures cool and trees shed their leaves, enough factors break… Read More