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How Long Will It Take You To Save Up For That New Home Downpayment?

Fascinating new research on just how long it might take you to save up enough to cover the down payment on a new home. Coming up with that coveted down payment remains the first step toward homeownership for most American consumers. The research data was obtained in a nationwide poll of over 7,000 prospective homebuyers […]

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Don’t Forget To Take Advantage Of This COVID Freebie: Free Credit Reports

Here’s a freebie that every consumer should take advantage of before the offer expires. Major credit bureaus Equifax, Experian and TransUnion are offering FREE credit reports every week to consumers through April 20, 2022 to help them ease any anxiety about their financial health resulting from the COVID crisis. Normally, free credit reports from each […]

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Self-Insuring A Risky Option For Florida Homeowners

It’s already looking like the perfect insurance storm in South Florida, and hurricane season is barely underway. Home insurance costs are going up, and more companies are threatening to drop South Florida homeowners. That’s why more local homeowners are considering going bare or “self-insuring.” That means they plan to let their homeowner’s policy lapse and […]

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Quote of the Week: When Is a Financial Planner Really a Financial Planner?

“The financial advice industry has 212 reasons to be confused. That’s the bewildering number of professional designations advisors use to indicate their expertise in every money issue under the sun, from retirement planning and college savings to insurance and investment funds. The alphabet soup is mystifying for investors. It’s baffling for advisors. And it’s getting […]

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Quote Of The Week: U.S. Households Ready To Spend

Trillions of dollars of stimulus cash have been pumped into the economy. What exactly do people do with the money once they get it? Research suggests they tend to spend about one-third of the funds, saving the rest or using it to pay down debt. (Check out our previous article: How Did Americans Spend Their Stimulus […]

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The Key Money Lessons We Learned From COVID

The COVID pandemic has been financially devastating for many Americans, writes veteran financial journalist Kimberly Lankford in a recent article for GOBankingRates.com. But at the same time, the disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic have taught us valuable lessons about managing our money and professional lives better in the future. Emergency reserves and other protections […]

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Looking For Your Stimulus Check?

Your stimulus check should be on the way, if not already in your bank account. According to the IRS, it’s issuing the third round of $1,400 stimulus checks in phases. It has already delivered 156 million payments, including 25 million to Social Security recipients who were a little harder to reach, according to CBS News.  […]

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Pandemic Silver Lining: Consumers Pay Down Credit Card Debt

The COVID pandemic has created financial distress for many consumers who have lost their jobs, business income, or seen their work hours reduced due to service shutdowns and childcare challenges. But other consumers who have remained unaffected by the pandemic are experiencing a surge in savings. More “consumers are paying down debt and saving more […]

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It’s Time To Fund Your IRAs!

We’re getting closer to the April 15 deadline for funding your IRAs or Roth IRAs for 2020 (that’s last year). Mari Adam talked to Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine to share insights about IRA limits and strategies. You can read the entire article here. The maximum amount you can contribute to your IRA for 2020 is $6,000 or […]

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Collision Ahead: How Low Credit Scores Can Impact Insurance Premiums

Drivers with low credit scores pay over S1,500 more for auto insurance, on average, than those with stellar scores, according to new research from The Zebra, a car insurance comparison website. A few states have banned insurance companies from using credit scores to make insurance decisions, but many states do use credit scores in their […]

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