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How to use an allowance to teach your kids about money

Giving kids an allowance helps them learn how to manage money, but only if you're actively teaching them good practices. Here's how.

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How to close a bank account when someone dies

Closing a bank account when someone passes away isn't difficult, as long as you have the right paperwork for the the teller or banker.

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What to do when a credit card holder passes away

Managing the financial affairs of a deceased loved one can be challenging, but closing their credit cards doesn't have to be. Get started here.

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How to use banking alerts to manage money and prevent fraud

Banking alerts can notify you when your balance gets low or when certain transactions are made.

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5 budgeting tips to help you save money

You don't have to live like a starving student just to stick to your budget. Here are five easy and effective ways to save more money.

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What type of personal loan is right for you?

Personal loans can be a great alternative to high-interest borrowing options when you have a major expense to cover. Here's how they work.

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Infographic: How to create a family budget

Trying to get your family's spending under control? This infographic shows you step by step how to create a budget for your family. 

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What does my credit score mean?

Ever wonder what a credit score is and why it's important? Find out here. Plus, discover how to request a free copy of your credit report and get any errors corrected.

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Smart uses for a home equity line of credit

A HELOC is a line of credit that's based on the equity in your home. If you're considering getting a HELOC, consider all the facts first.

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How to create a family budget

Creating a family budget doesn't have to be difficult, especially with this simple template. Here's how to get started — and how to keep your budget on track.

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Do I need a CD or a money market account?

Find out how CDs and MMAs work, how they differ, and how to decide which is best for your situation.

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How much money is available in my checking account?

Overdrafting your account is a real pain, especially considering overdraft fees can be as much as $40 each. Know how to prevent overdrafts.

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Should you enroll in a credit card rewards program?

Looking for a credit card that offers rewards? Here's what you need to know about the types of rewards cards available.

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5 ways to teach your kids about money

You don't have to be a financial pro to help your kids grow into money-savvy adults. Follow these tips to help your kids learn how to budget money.

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5 tips for planning a family vacation on a budget

Going on a family vacation doesn't have to be expensive. Here are five smart tips to help you spend less and still make great memories.

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Should I pay off debt early or save more money for retirement?

Whether to pay off debt early or save more money for retirement is one of the most common questions people ask financial advisors.

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Save money with back-to-school sales tax holidays in the Southeast

Here's what you need to know about back-to-school sales tax holidays in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

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How to choose the right credit card

Reward cards come with an astonishing array of choices. Here's what you need to know to choose a credit card that's right for you.

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Making sense of 1099s, 1098s, and other tax forms

Overwhelmed by all those 1099 tax forms sent from your financial institutions? This easy-to-follow guide will help you make sense of them.

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Key tax deductions and credits to save you money

Tax credits and deductions can lower your taxable bill and even get you a hefty tax refund. Here are a few to look out for in 2018.

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Infographic: Understanding your credit score

Do you know what your credit score is? This infographic breaks down how your credit score is determined and what the different ranges mean.

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6 benefits of prepaid debit cards

A prepaid card is a great tool for managing your spending and preventing fraud. Here's what a prepaid card is, and how it works.

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How to budget for child care

Child care expenses eat a big chunk of your household budget, which you may not expect. Here are ways to lessen the financial impact.

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How to build credit with no credit history

Getting credit when you don't have a credit history can be a frustrating Catch-22. Here's how to build good credit without a credit history.

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How to plan a wedding for $10,000 or less

You don't need to forego your dream wedding to save money. Use these five tips to have a great wedding for one-third of the average cost.

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Tips for building an emergency fund

Building an emergency fund helps with unexpected financial situations, such as job loss, illness or injury, and urgent car or home repairs.

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How to avoid overdraft fees

Overdraft fees are some of the most expensive fees charged by banks. Here's how to avoid overdrafts and the fees that come with them.

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How to understand your paycheck

It's important to understand how to read your paycheck and check it for errors. You could be having too much (or too little) withheld for taxes!

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Teaching teens how to use a debit card

A debit card is a great financial tool and a big financial responsibility. Help your teenager use a debit card wisely with these tips.

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Does free checking still exist?

Free checking accounts are becoming a thing of the past, but they're not extinct yet. Here's what to know about finding free checking.

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Infographic: 8 steps to manage your money in college

This infographic gives a step-by-step approach to managing your own finances while in college, including how to create and stick to a budget. 

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How technology has changed banking (for the better)

The rise of technology and alternative banking methods is giving banks the chance to serve customers however and wherever they prefer.

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Life Insurance: How much do you need?

Talking about life insurance isn't exciting, but it is important. Here's a look at what you need to know about life insurance.

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3 reasons to open credit card offers in your mailbox

It's easy to want to toss all those credit card offers out with the rest of your junk mail, but they might not be junk at all. Here's why.

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8 steps for managing your money in college

With the freedom of college life comes the responsibility of managing your own finances. Here's how to create and stick to a college budget.

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What is a digital wallet?

Digital wallets are increasingly becoming the way people choose to store financial information and make everyday purchases. Here's what you need to know. 

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Investing

Investing 101: Understanding market volatility

Market volatility is a normal part of the stock market. There's no need to fear it — you simply need to have strategies in place to manage it.

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How to afford your child's college education

If you're behind on saving for your child's college expenses, these savings options can help you catch up and be prepared.

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How much should you rely on Social Security to fund your retirement?

Social Security can help you fund your retirement. But you'll need to draw from other income sources too. Here's how to develop a plan.

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How to start a 529 college savings plan for your children

A college degree can be pricey, but a 529 college savings plan can help take the sting out of paying for your child's education.

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The fundamentals of investing: What you need to know

Whatever your personal financial goal, you need a fundamental understanding of these five common investment instruments.

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5 easy ways to make sure you have enough money to retire

Here are five concrete steps you can take to ensure that you have enough money to retire when the time comes.

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Traditional IRA vs. Roth IRA: Which is better?

Traditional and Roth IRAs offer different tax treatments, and the type you choose can have an impact on your retirement savings balance.

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Investing 101: What is a "bear" market?

A bear market sounds scary — but long-term investors don't need to fear. Here are some ideas for how to deal with a bear.

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6 reasons why you need a financial plan

If you earn an income, it's time to think about putting a financial plan together so you can make the most of the money you have.

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Investing 101: What does it mean to rebalance your portfolio?

When markets move, it can impact the allocation within your portfolio — and that's where rebalancing plays a role in good financial advice.

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Investing 101: What is an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)?

ETFs are gaining in popularity. Here's what you need to know about them, including pros and cons, before you decide to invest.

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Checklist: Are you ready to retire?

If you are hoping to retire in the next few years, this list of questions can help you decide if you're ready and what you should do next.

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3 important steps for protecting your wealth and property

Is your nest egg at risk? It could be if you don't take these steps to protect your wealth as it grows. Here's what to do to keep it safe.

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What's the difference between a will and a trust?

Interested in protecting your assets and your loved ones even after you pass away? Then you need a will — and possibly a trust, too.

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Understanding the tax advantages of IRAs

Contributing to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a great way to save for retirement as well as benefit at tax time.

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What is an estate plan?

Familiarizing yourself with key estate planning terms is an essential step in managing your financial assets.

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What should I do with my old 401(k)?

You might have a new job, but don't forget about your old 401(k). Here's what to do with your retirement plan when you change careers.

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3 tips for managing medical expenses in retirement

These three tips will help you think about how to incorporate healthcare costs into your retirement savings plan.

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Investing 101: What is an annuity?

An annuity can offer guaranteed income with tax benefits. Find out if one might fit in your investment strategy.

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How to save for a major financial purchase

Dreaming of a sports car or lakefront property? Here's how to save for that big purchase.

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How to set up a 401(k) plan

A 401(k) is one of the best financial tools available to help you save for retirement. Learn more about this valuable employee benefit.

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Investing 101: The importance of diversifying your portfolio

Diversification helps protect you from risk by spreading your investments across the entire market rather than keeping money in one place.

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Investing 101: Understanding risk tolerance

There's no one right answer to what your risk tolerance "should" be. Learn how to balance risk and reward with your investments.

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Investing 101: What is a stock dividend?

Earning stock dividends can fast-track your portfolio's growth and supplement investment returns. Learn the basics here.

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Investing 101: Understanding the stock market

Investing is an important part of building wealth. But before you begin, it's helpful to understand the basics of how the market works.

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Tips for selecting a financial advisor who's right for you

The first step in developing a financial plan is finding the right financial advisor to help you. Here's what to look for.

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Retirement planning goals to set in your 20s and 30s

Now is the ideal time to start saving for retirement. Learn which retirement planning milestones could be most important in your 20s and 30s.

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How to plan for retirement after divorce

Divorce doesn't have to derail your retirement plans. No matter where you're starting from, you can still build a comfortable retirement plan.

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5 steps to begin planning your retirement savings

Learn how to identify small steps you can take now to help you reach your ultimate retirement savings objectives.

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Home ownership

How do I get prequalified for a mortgage?

To get prequalified for a mortgage, you'll need to prove to the bank that you're financially prepared to take on a loan payment. Here's how.

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Should I rent or buy a home?

How do you know if it makes financial sense for you to own a home? These four questions can help you decide if you should rent or buy.

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How to afford a mortgage on your budget

Find out whether you can afford a mortgage on your budget — even if you've never owned a home or if you've always rented.

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7 tips for first-time homebuyers

Steps to buying your first home include checking your credit report, finding a lender, getting preapproved for a mortgage, examining loan options, and more.

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6 common mistakes homebuyers make and how to avoid them

Here are six common mistakes that homebuyers make, both first-time and seasoned homebuyers. Here's how to avoid them.

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Understanding the different types of mortgages

Buying a home is an important milestone, but so is choosing the right type of mortgage. Use this guide to help understand your options.

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7 things to know before applying for a mortgage

For first-time home buyers, strange terminology and confusing paperwork can be intimidating. Here's what you should know.

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6 ways to increase the value of your home

It's wise to have a home improvement plan that can increase the market value of your home for the least amount of investment.

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HELOC or cash-out refinancing: Which is best?

When it comes to deciding whether to refinance your mortgage or get a HELOC, one size doesn't fit all. Here's how to explore your options.

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Infographic: 5 common home repairs (and how to budget for them)

This infographic outlines 5 common home repairs and how much they typically cost so you can budget for these issues ahead of time.

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How to avoid home foreclosure

If you're having difficulty paying the mortgage, there are ways to keep your home and avoid foreclosure. Here's how.

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4 tax benefits of home ownership

Here are four tax breaks that homeowners should be aware of when it's time to file their tax returns.

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How to buy a home that's for sale by owner

You can buy a FSBO without the help of a real estate agent—the trick is knowing how. Learn eight steps on how to buy a FSBO home.

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5 common home repairs (and how to budget for them)

Many homeowners underestimate the costs that come with owning a house. Learn 5 common home repairs and how much they typically cost.

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What are mortgage points?

There are two types of mortgage points: discount points and origination points. Learn the difference and how mortgage points can help you.

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What is PMI?

Private mortgage insurance is a type of loan insurance that some buyers are required to pay to protect the lender. Find out more about PMI.

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What is a down payment?

What is a down payment? How much is it? And where does the cash come from? Learn more about how to take this key step toward home ownership.

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What is an escrow account?

Escrow can confuse even the most savvy home buyers. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about escrow accounts

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What are closing costs?

What are closing costs? How much are closing costs? And who pays closing costs? We break it down to ensure there are no surprises.

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Financial safety & security

5 tips for spotting a phishing email

Here's how to identify phishing emails and prevent yourself from becoming the scammer's next victim.

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Why you should check your credit report regularly

Your credit reports inform your credit score. Be sure that negative entries, errors, or fraudulent activity doesn't drag it down.

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Scam alert: Card skimming

Learn how to protect your card data from cyber thieves when you shop, use the ATM, or fuel up your vehicle.

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6 ways to keep your mobile phone secure

Your smartphone is a lifeline, but losing its data or having it stolen could be a disaster. Here's how to make it more secure.

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Infographic: 7 tips to stay safe while shopping online

Learn how to protect yourself from hackers and cyberthieves when shopping online. It is possible to safely shop online.

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5 ways to protect yourself from identity theft

Identity thieves can damage your credit, steal your money, and disrupt your life. Here are ways to protect yourself against ID theft.

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Scam alert: Phishing

Phishing attacks are on the rise, but you can keep your inbox — and your personal information — safe with a few key tips.

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Scam alert: Vishing

Vishing is a type of fraud that blends telephone and email scams. Here's how to identify red flags of vishing and how to report it.

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Scam alert: Smishing

Smishing scams send you text messages from fake sources in an attempt to trick you into revealing personal or financial information.

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How to protect your accounts with secure passwords

Hackers steal nearly 250,000 online login credentials each week. Here's how to protect your email and financial data with a strong password.

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7 ways to protect your aging parents from financial abuse

Your aging parents could be at risk for elder financial abuse. Here's how to spot signs of fraud and protect your parents' assets.

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How to teach your children about being safe online

Parents can keep their children safe online with these best practices. Take a look at these tips to teach your kids how to be safe online.

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Security tip: Keep your personal information current with your bank

You might be wary about giving out your personal contact information — but it's critical that the bank can reach you. Here's why.

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Are password managers a good idea?

If you have trouble keeping track of multiple passwords, consider using a password manager. But is it safe for your financial accounts? Consider these points first.

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