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Financial Hall Of Shame: The Infamous “Biweekly Mortgage Accelerator”

Want to pay off your mortgage faster? Who wouldn’t? That’s the appeal of the “term reducer” pitch that arrives in your mailbox. Mine – signed in cursive by a nice girl named Kate from Ohio – said I could cut over 12 years and $230,000 off of my mortgage (which seemed pretty amazing since I just refinanced my mortgage to a […]

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Consumer Watch: Can Credit Inquiries Hurt Your Credit Score?

Understanding Your Credit Report: Hard vs. Soft Inquiries               by Rachael Grattan, Senior Client Services Associate Many of our clients are understandably concerned about identity fraud and protecting their good credit status. We were recently working with one of our clients, who contacted us after receiving an alert from his credit monitoring company about a new inquiry […]

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Florida Leads In Identity Fraud

In the category of dubious distinctions, our state once again figures at the top of the charts. It seems that on a per capita basis, Florida leads the nation in identity theft. And within Florida, Miami is head and shoulders above the rest of the state in terms of the sheer number of identity fraud complaints. […]

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Important Alert: Heartbleed Internet Security Breach

Take a minute to read up on the Heartbleed computer security breach, which has been called potentially “catastrophic” by  the Wall Street Journal. If you’re not a computer expert, here’s a (kind of) plain-English description of the problem from CNN reporter Heather Kelly: “Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL, an open-source encryption technology that is used by an […]

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Don’t Be A Fraud Victim

Back in 2008, as the Madoff scandal first broke, we sent an urgent warning to clients alerting them to tell-tale signs of investment fraud and documenting steps they should always take to avoid being caught up in a similar scam. Here we are in 2013, and it’s déjà vu all over again, to quote the […]

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