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Effective Strategies for Financial Communication: A Guide to Financial Conversations for Couples

Discussing finances with your romantic partner is important for the health of your relationship and your bank account, but many couples aren’t having those important conversations. A 2023 survey by Empower reveals that just 54% of individuals discuss their finances with their romantic partners. Continue reading to learn how to talk money with your partner…

By Scott Little
January 17, 2024

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Preparing for the end of the federal student loan payment pause: 3 essential steps for borrowers

Is your budget about to take a hit? After 3 years of deferment, federal student loan payments will soon resume for close to 43 million borrowers.  If you haven’t been making payments during the deferral period, you may feel the squeeze when your student loan bills come due this fall. Here are three steps every…

By Jared Reinstein
July 3, 2023

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Holiday Fraud
How to avoid Fraud and Scams and shop online securely | Cybersecurity

Bundling up on Black Friday to shop for great deals on TVs, iPods, and holiday gifts while still full of Turkey and stuffing is a thing of the past. While our bellies have remained stuffed, our Black Fridays have changed considerably over the years. The advent of online shopping has made it easier than ever…

By Julia Lewis
November 22, 2022

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Cybersecurity: How to Protect Yourself from Phishing, Spoofing, and Smishing

Spam emails, texts, and calls – we all get them. The offerings are usually too good to be true: a free cruise, an inheritance from a long-lost aunt, a free iPhone. Who wouldn’t want to be the lucky winner? And that’s exactly what hackers bank on. Scams are effective because they prey upon people’s desires:…

By Julia Lewis
September 15, 2022

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Pet insurance: a valuable investment in the health of your furry friends (and your bank account, too)

Your elderly dog has arthritis. His breathing is difficult. He needs assistance to get up, and his bladder is failing. The vet bills are far higher than your own, and it is getting more difficult to pay them. “How much is too much?” Some say there is a limit, others would be willing to go…

By Bill Schmick
August 18, 2022

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Money in Motion | Top 5 Scenarios You’ll Encounter & How to Stay Ahead

In marriage and divorce, through life and death, your money is in motion. Making the right financial decisions can feel downright impossible when relationships and emotions come into play, but protecting your family and future is especially critical during these times. Here are five moments when your family may set your money in motion and…

By Allen Harris
June 23, 2022

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