Managing your finances

5 smart ways to use your year-end bonus

It's possible to have some fun while accomplishing your financial goals, too. Here are 5 smart ways to use your year-end bonus.

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5 budgeting tips for holiday shopping

The holidays can hit your wallet hard, but these simple savings strategies will help you celebrate the season without breaking the bank.

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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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5 reasons to skip the big box stores and shop locally

Instead of turning to big box stores for holiday gifts, consider shopping small, local businesses to save money and find unique gifts.

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Use your credit card rewards to help cover holiday costs

What better time to take advantage of credit card rewards than the holidays? Here's how to redeem points for gift cards, travel, and more.

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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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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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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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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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Credit score numbers explained

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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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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Free checking: it does exist — don't be fooled

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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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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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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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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Why you should open the credit card offer that was in your mail

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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Tech tools: 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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Fast Facts: What's the "real balance" in my checking account?

Here's a quick guide to four key banking concepts you need to understand to avoid overdrafting your account.

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How to prepare for a financial setback

Responsible financial planning requires preparing for how you'll deal with unanticipated setbacks and worst-case financial scenarios.

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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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Investing

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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Understanding the differences 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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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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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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Q&A: What's the role of Social Security in funding 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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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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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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Saving 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4 basic questions to discuss with a financial advisor

An advisor can help you identify potential gaps or shortcomings in your current financial plan that might be difficult to spot on your own.

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5 steps to begin planning your retirement journey

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

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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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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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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 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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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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Estate Planning Basics: 7 key terms to understand

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

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Crash course in saving for your child's college education

Get tips on saving for your child's education, including the cost of college, college savings plans like 529 plans, investments, and more.

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Maintaining your lifestyle into retirement

Saving for retirement means calculating the estimated cost of retirement and then developing a savings plan. Here's how to get started.

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Home ownership

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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Mortgage basics: 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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Mortgage basics: 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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Mortgage basics: 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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Mortgage basics: 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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Mortgage basics: 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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Mortgage basics: 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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HELOC or cash-out refinancing: Which is best?

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

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Financial safety & security

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tech Tools: 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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