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What is a CD Account and Do I Need One?

Certificates of Deposit (CDs) are a good option for savers who want to invest a portion of their nest egg in relative safety for a set amount of time. CDs are often lumped in with deposit…

5 Ways to Spread Cheer and Stretch Your Budget This Holiday Season1

The holidays can be expensive and frustrating if you’re battling crowds in a rush for last-minute gifts. Sticking to a budget, shopping early, and giving the gift of your time and expertise…

Calculating How Much Your Emergency Fund Should Be

You know you need an emergency fund — the experts talk about it all the time. But the numbers seem daunting: six months to a year's worth of expenses. For most, it’s tough to save that…

Winterize Your Home Without Breaking The Bank

Preparing your home for winter weather is a smart move if you want to keep heating costs down. Fortunately, that winter preparation doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Make the most of Giving Tuesday

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, why not kick off your end-of-year giving by participating in Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back, powered by social media.…

Financial Planning Tips For Everyone

Some people hear the words “financial planning” and think it sounds like a difficult, time-consuming task best left to experts.

College Saving Tips for Every Budget

As the cost of a college education continues to rise, saving as much as possible has become a necessity.

Rent or Buy—Which Is Right for You?

The decision to rent or buy is a highly personal one, and often must be made by weighing both objective and subjective factors. What makes sense for one person's financial situation…

CD Strategies—Maximize Your Savings

Saving by using certificates of deposit, or CDs, can be a low-risk way to diversify and grow your funds. If you are attempting to accumulate money for a large expense, such as a…

Know Your 401(k) Options When Changing Jobs

These days, it's less common for people to stay with just one employer for an entire career. As a result, you'll probably need to answer the question of what to do with your 401(k)…

Rebuild Your Financial Life

It can be difficult to get back on track after challenging life events that affect your finances. But difficult doesn’t mean impossible—you can rebuild your financial life one step…

Give Your Finances a Mid-Year Checkup

If you made some financial New Year's resolutions in January, June is the perfect time to review your progress. Start by dusting off your list of resolutions. Have you abandoned…

How to Budget for a Vacation

Now that summer is here, the fun and relaxing vacations many of you have been longing for will finally happen.

What's the most important part of a vacation? The budgeting…

Saving for Your Child's Education

Over the last decade, college tuitions have increased an average of five percent each year and that number is expected to increase over time.

Why Millennials Need Life Insurance

Life insurance helps you plan for the unexpected. Young people who are just starting out can often wait a while before purchasing it, but there are specific circumstances in which…

Starting Your Own Business? Here’s How to Get the Money You Need

Starting your own business can be a daunting task. Even if you have the most marketable idea in the world, nothing can be done until you've accumulated enough funds to get your startup…

Don’t Forget Your Pet When Budgeting

How we can better manage money spent on our furry friends? Be sure to include costs for these things: food, grooming, vet visits, toys, treats, and other extras.

Retirement Saving for Women: Close the Gap

There are steps women may want to consider taking to close the retirement savings gap, many of which would be prudent for any pre-retiree to do.

Employee Benefits: Are You Taking Full Advantage of Yours?

Most companies offer a wide range of benefits because they help attract and keep the best people. If you don’t know your company’s benefits, or are not using them to their maximum advantage,…

You’re Moving Up and Moving On—It’s Time to Sell Your First Home

Selling your first home is an important milestone that can also be bittersweet. You’ll be leaving behind a place in which you created many first memories while also looking forward…

The Importance of Diversification

As the old saying advises not to put all your eggs in one basket, it’s particularly true of where and how you allocate your money.

It's Never Too Early to Start Saving for Retirement

When you’re young, retirement seems like it’s an eternity away. But the fact is, it’s never too early to start saving for it.

The Importance of Estate Planning

Even though the term itself can sound lofty, estate planning isn’t just for the wealthy. It’s certainly not as fun as planning a vacation, but it’s definitely more important.

New Year, New Career? Benefits Matter.

Those who have declared, "New Year, New Career" are eager to search for opportunities that may improve their lives.

Saving for College? Do Your Homework First

Families are stocking away more money in 529 college savings plans than ever, investing a record $253 billion last year in preparation for the sky-high cost of higher education.

You Want to Buy an Investment Property? 5 Things to Consider.

Investment properties can be a great way to diversify your assets. Here are just a few things to consider before jumping into the real estate world.

How Medicare Can Impact Your Saving

Enrolling in Medicare can be confusing and if you don’t have the right coverage, you could end up with some steep medical bills.

What Should You Do with Your 401k When You Retire?

If you’re nearing retirement, it’s time to check your 401k (and other investments) to refine your asset allocations. Now is not the time to risk a big drop in value.

Should You Buy or Lease Your Next Car?

One of the first things you should determine is whether you’re looking to buy or lease, because that can impact the type of car you ultimately end up with.

Build A Strong Foundation For Financial Success

Developing a savings strategy may not be your top priority. But the younger you are when you begin, the more likely you are to achieve the goal of financial security later in life.

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