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NFCC Warns Against Holiday Overspending

Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it. This is…

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Why Do 1 in 4 Women Take a Backseat When it Comes to Finances?

Fidelity's Kristen Robinson weighs in

Roughly 1 in 4 women are not taking part in household financial decision making.

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Millennials and Money: The True Cost of Specialty Coffee

Stop drinking your money

Try adding up all your coffee purchases for just one week and see how much…

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Woman Shares How She Dug Out of $50,000 Worth of Debt (Part 2)

Tips for getting back on the right financial track

Are you part of the “microwave generation?” Do you expect everything now? Be careful, you…

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BBB Offers Tips for Holiday Shopping

Here's how you can get the most out of your purchases

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are sure to yield some great deals.…

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Woman Shares How She Dug Out of $50,000 Worth of Debt

Tips for getting back on the right financial track

A few weeks ago we shared with you how David Bakke, a financial contributor for…

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Fidelity Study: 1 in 4 Women Don’t Take the Lead When it Comes to Finances

Don't let your lack of confidence hold you back

Many women will become the sole financial decision maker at some point in their lives.…

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Home Ownership Out of Reach for Many Americans

The American Dream is becoming less attainable

Many Americans are having difficulty affording the price of home ownership.

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The Best Times of the Year to Snag a Deal

You can score a great deal if you know when to shop

Savings.com collected and analyzed shopping data from 2009 to 2013 to help you decide the…

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Infographic: Consumers Prefer Root Canal Over Over Mortgage

Would you prefer a trip to the dentist over applying to buy a home?

A recent study finds that most consumers say they would prefer to get a root…

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Lincoln Motors’ Shawn Thompson Talks Philanthropy and Alpha Phi Alpha Win

The car company believes in giving back

BlackEnterprise.com chatted with Shawn Thompson, manager of Lincoln multicultural marketing, for more information about this…

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Credit Card Penalty Rate Drops Slightly

Consumers get a small break

The survey found that 60 out of the 100 cards in the survey have some…

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Survey: African Americans Put Family First When Making Financial Decisions

Who influences your money choices? Voice your opinions on key financial topics below

The presence or absence of a sound financial foundation directly impacts overall well-being.

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Report Changes Affecting Your Premium Tax Credit Before It’s Too Late

There's still time to let the IRS know about changes

Make sure your information is up-to-date because inaccuracies could result in receiving too much or…

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Study Reveals Some IRA Investors Take an Extreme Approach

An all-or-nothing approach is preferred by some investors

Roughly 56% of IRA owners had either all of their IRA money in equities or…

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Infographic: What You Could Buy with the Nation’s Student Loan Debt

What could you purchase with $1 trillion?

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, total student loan debt is more than $1.2…

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Starbucks to Offer Delivery

Get caffeine at your door

Starbucks is working to make your coffee experience so effortless, you’ll barely have to speak…

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Merrill Lynch Study Explores Impact of Health on Retirement

Poor health can ruin your wealth

Poor health can mean significant retirement challenges, so staying in top condition is important.

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TIAA-CREF’s Sean Wilson Talks Millennials and Money (Part 2)

The wealth advisor explains how young people approach money

Roughly 47% of millennials, compared with 19% of the general population, look to Mom and…

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TIAA-CREF Financial Expert Sean Wilson Talks Millennials and Money

The wealth advisor explains how young people approach money

Roughly 47% of millennials, compared with 19% of the general population, look to Mom and…

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Best Metro Areas for Budgeters

How do you compare?

WalletHub.com released a study outlining the metropolitan areas with the best and worst track record…

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Some Consumers Treat Checking Account Like a Payday Loan

Are you using overdraft as a piggy bank?

Just 8% of bank customers are responsible for roughly 75% of all overdraft fees.

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Most Consumers Fear Running out of Money

Are you afraid of going broke?

If you want to get a handle on your debt, you’ll have to first identify…

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ICBA Study: Millennials Value Community Banks, Want to Be Bosses

New research analyzes opinions and values of generation Y

Roughly 46% of the respondents reported that they are interested in learning the process of…

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Money Advice for the Sandwich Generation

Don't let competing demands ruin your retirement plans

Many Sandwichers say their adult children pose more of a financial strain than their parents.…

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Watch out for Ebola Charity Scams

Don't let your hard-earned cash slip through your fingers

The Federal Trade Commission warns that scammers are ready and waiting to take advantage of…

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Tips for Embarking on an Encore Career

Advice for your second act

About 52% have fully retired from the workforce, up from 45% in 2011. However, some…

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Report: Private Student Loan Borrowers Driven into Default

New report shows borrowers struggle to get help

Some borrowers say they don’t receive enough information or assistance from lenders and servicers when…

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Infographic: Are You Taking on Too Much Student Loan Debt?

Don't dig yourself into a debt hole

Student loan debt is at an all-time high. In fact, nearly 11% of all student…

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[SURVEY] How Does Your Wealth Management Measure Up?

Voice your insights on key financial topics for your household below

Massachusetts Mutual Life Company (MassMutual) took an in-depth look at African American household finances to…

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10 Worst States for Student Loan Debt

Is your state one of them?

Personal finance website Wallet Hub recently conducted a study highlighting the best and worst states…

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Scammers Take Advantage of Ebola Scare

Don't let fear cause you to lose your common sense

The FTC and FDA are making it clear that unsubstantiated claims will not be tolerated.…

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Consumers Cut Back on Spending

Are you doing some belt tightening?

Two-thirds of Americans are reducing their monthly spending. One of the main reasons is the…

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Some Millennials Have Trust Issues When It Comes to Money

Who do you trust with your money?

The millennials who responded to this survey expressed anxiety when it comes to their personal…

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Money Problems Plague Americans

Consumers are tortured by debt

A drastic increase in debt, while not having enough savings for retirement, makes things…

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[Part 2] App Helps Parents Teach Kids Budgeting

One-on-one with Allowance Manager creator Dan Meader

An allowance can serve as a learning tool.

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Q & A With Allowance Manager Creator Dan Meader

New app helps parents manage their children’s money

If you’ve been having trouble keeping track of your kids’ allowance, you’ll be happy to…

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Nielsen Study Highlights the Power of Black Female Consumers

Women of color hold the purse strings

African American women are the drivers of many household purchasing decisions

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CFPB Study: Many Owners of Manufactured Homes Have Pricey Loans

Convenience will cost you

Owners of manufactured homes tend to be older, live in rural neighborhoods, and have a…

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Should an Engagement Ring Be Financed?

Could your fiance be in over his head by spending too much?

Here’s how to understand where the engagement ring’s value truly lies.

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Cost of Caregiving Takes Many by Surprise

Caring for loved ones can take a toll

A little under half of family caregivers say they spend more than $5,000 annually on…

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Infographic: Countries with the Highest Customer Satisfaction

Find out which countries offer top-notch customer service

If you’re looking for a super-awesome customer service experience, you’re going to have to travel…

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Tip of the Month: Managing Credit Card Debt

Your daily money bite

Black Enterprise Money editor Sheiresa Ngo shares her tip of month on managing credit card…

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Infographic: Tips for Managing Your Student Loan

Here's what to do before contacting the ombudsman

Here are a few helpful tips for managing your student loans.

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Infographic: Navigating the World of Financial Aid

A quick guide to making sense of the financial aid system

Figuring out the ins and outs of financial aid can be overwhelming. Here are some…

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Three Things to Look for When Checking Your Credit Report

Here's what you need to pay attention to

You’re entitled to receive one free credit report each year from each of the three…

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Infographic: Student Loan Debt is Ruining Your Finances

Here's how "good debt" is making you poor

Prepare to eat beans noodles for a very long time.

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Infographic: Is the American Dream Still Alive?

What's your dream?

Some say the American Dream is not what it used to be

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Moving for a Job? Don’t Forget These Tax Breaks

Take advantage of these deductions

If you’re planning a job-related move this summer, you’ll be delighted to know that you…

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Aaron’s Marketing VP Andrea Freeman Talks Consumer Trends

American workers still face challenges

Baby boomers were most likely to say they were significantly impacted financially.

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CFPB Launches Initiative to Provide Financial Education to Low-Income Consumers

CFPB enlists partners to train social services staff

Consumers with low-to-moderate income face unique stressors.

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Millennial Women Must Save, Prepare for Retirement

Suzanna de Baca of Ameriprise Financial details more on women and money

It’s important to create emergency savings, pay down debt, and lay down the foundation for…

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Regulators Offer HELOC Guidance

Guidelines will help lenders and consumers transition

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the federal financial institutions regulatory agencies provided guidelines…

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New Reverse Mortgage Rule Could Prevent Foreclosure

Updated guidelines allow some borrowers to avoid homelessness

Updated rules will give seniors in reverse mortgage plans relief from losing their homes.

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Summer Heat: Federal Student Loan Interest Rates Will Rise in July

Some borrowers will pay more, but there is a silver lining

Institute for College Access and Success’ (TICAS) Project on Student Debt has chart to help…

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TD Bank offers Franchise Financing Options for Veterans

Opportunities for Military Vets: Financial Coalition Formed

Companies and organizations including Visa partner to provide resources

Visa and other organizations partner to aid military personnel and vets in financial and career…

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How to Talk to Your Children About Money

Use this strategy to ensure your children are on the right path with financial fitness.

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Senior Sensibilities: How to Talk to Aging Parents About Money

Use this strategy to help senior loved ones manage their finances in retirement

Talking about money can be challenging, but it gets even more tricky when it’s your…

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Student Loan Relief: Bill Could Allow Bankruptcy Discharge

Borrowers might get some relief with proposed legislation

New bill calls for reducing student costs and makes it mandatory for colleges to make…

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Report: Some Insurers Plan to Scale Back Living Benefits

Half of those surveyed plan decrease

According to a recent report, half of insurers surveyed plan to decrease number of product…

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Opening an Investment Account for a Minor

It's never too early to start

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Although in most states children younger than 18 cannot legally buy stock or…

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How to Get Your Warranty Extended for Free

Don’t pay if you don’t have to

Let’s face it; extended warranties are expensive. Extra coverage on a new car, for instance,…

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Three Insurance Options and What to Consider

Three specialty coverage options and what to consider before investing

Here are three specialty insurance policies you might want to think twice about before opening…

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Capital One Will Stop Using ChexSystems

More consumers will have a shot at getting an account

If you’ve ever been denied a bank account, chances are the decision was made after…

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Suze Orman Prepaid Debit Card Discontinued

Cardholders are no longer "approved"

If you own one of Suze Orman’s Approved cards, you might have a slightly annoying…

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4 Money Management Tips for Millennial Women

Young women tend to struggle with managing their cash

A recent study by Ameriprise Financial shows that millennial women are likely to feel stretched…

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Are Investment Motifs Good for Your Portfolio?

Explore whether idea-based investing is a viable strategy

What if you could invest in an idea, instead of a specific company, industry,…

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What You Should Know About the Roth 401(k)

Determining when to pay taxes could make all the difference in your retirement nest egg

While many people save for retirement in a 401(k) plan because it lets them defer…

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The Lowdown on Investment Rewards Credit Cards

Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision

Anything that encourages you to save is a good thing. Or is it? Investment…

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Governor Cuomo Announces Tool to Stop Payday Lenders

Database will help identify and halt illegal lending

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Despite the fact that payday lending is illegal in many states, it is…

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4 Ways to Save Money on Hotel Costs

Enjoy time away from home while keeping cash in your pocket

If you’re gearing up to take a trip this summer, you’re most likely looking…

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Why You Need Life Insurance

Put a plan in place to protect your loved ones

While death may not be a pleasant topic for you, it’s important to plan for…

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Take Advantage of Hidden Credit Card Perks

Don't leave benefits on the table

I often hear people list the evils of credit cards, and blame them …

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Results of Card Hub 2014 Credit Card Debt Study

Credit information site Card Hub recently released its 2014 credit card debt study.  The study…

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CFPB Assesses How Mobile Banking Impacts Low-Income Consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is investigating the benefits and challenges of mobile financial services.…

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New Debt Collection Scam

Fraudsters continue to find new ways to rip off consumers

Scammers are always waiting for an opportunity to steal from you. Illinois residents are being…

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AARP Releases Survey of African American Baby Boomers

African Americans over 50 share concerns about employment, education and workforce discrimination

AARP recently came out with a survey assessing the concerns that matter most to…

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IRS Adopts Taxpayer Bill of Rights

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced a user-friendly Taxpayer Bill of Rights. It will take…

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A Peek Inside Presidential Finances

Former presidents and spouses fare well after their terms

Many were shocked by Hillary Clinton’s revelation that she and former President Bill Clinton were…

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5 Things to Know about Phased Retirement

Is easing into your golden years right for you?

Here’s what you need to know about phased retirement:
1) You’ll see whether your retirement savings is…

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President Obama Proposes Expansion of Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Program

Executive order would relieve burden for some borrowers

Do hefty student loan payments have you tightening your belt until the buckle is about…

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Best and Worst States for Financial Literacy

Where does your state rank?

Financial literacy is key to building and growing your wealth. A recent survey by WalletHub…

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Money Expert Marsha Barnes Shares Top 10 Savings Tips

How to live well on less

In our fourth and final installment of the money management series with Marsha Barnes, she…

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Merging Finances with Your Spouse

5 tips that will help you and your spouse work in perfect financial harmony.

If you’re recently married, at some point you’ll be faced with a big decision:…

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Good Kid, Smart Money: Kendrick Lamar Buys Reasonable $523,500 California Home

Compton rapper spends his money wisely with latest purchase

Kendick Lamar proves that he knows the value of a dollar and smart investment with…

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Managing Finances after Divorce: Should You Keep the House?

Keeping your home might not always be the best choice

Carefully managing your money can be a balancing act. This is especially …

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Sam’s Club Offers New EMV Card

Retailer offers increased security for its members

Sam’s Club recently announced that it will issue cash-back credit cards with an EMV chip.…

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Rebuilding Finances after Divorce

Cutting ties after age 50 could have a significant impact on finances

Carefully managing your money can be a balancing act. This is especially true…

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Money Expert Marsha Barnes Shares Her Budgeting Tips

You can live well on less

If you have a hard time sticking to your budget, you’ve come to the right…

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Money Expert Marsha Barnes Talks about Keeping Finances on Track

How you can live well on less

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When developing a financial plan, financial educator Marsha Barnes counsels her clients to stop…

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FDA Launches Database Alerting Consumers about Deadly Drug Interactions

Adverse reactions will be easier to track

If you take a lot of prescription drugs, it can be hard to keep track…

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TIAA-CREF Financial Planner Talks Managing Finances after Divorce

Make sure you have a solid plan in place

Carefully managing your money can be a balancing act. This is especially true for…

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4. Increase your savings

Don’t feel like you can save more money---or are you simply fed up with getting next to nothing on the savings you are stashing away? Maybe the best way to begin saving more money is just by getting a different savings account; online savings accounts boast rates that are sometimes five times the national average.

Use MoneyRates.com to find which banks are offering the highest interest rates on savings accounts, CDs and money market accounts.

Retirement Planning Milestones

How to plan for your golden years at each life stage

Are you prepared for retirement? If not, you have plenty of company.
The Center for Retirement…

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Consumer Income Rose Slightly in April

Small gains were seen

Consumers had a slight increase in personal income for April, but it was still lower…

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Savings Expert Marsha Barnes Talks about Frugal Living

You can live well on less

A recent national survey by the Consumer Federation of America finds that only about one-third…

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4 Estate Planning Tips

Plan ahead for your future

While death and dying are not pleasant topics, it’s important to make sure you plan…

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NFCC Poll: Consumers Reluctant to Assume Mortgage Risk

Are you worried about paying off a mortgage?

Even though many define the American Dream as becoming a homeowner, more consumers are…

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6 Tips for Young Investors

Learn the basics of how to get a head start on planning your retirement

Once you land full-time employment, your employer may offer the option to contribute to…

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15 Banks and Payment Processors Face Fraud Investigation

Justice Department initiates consumer fraud investigation

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The Justice Department is initiating a consumer fraud investigation by the name…

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Berkshire Hathaway Offers Travel Insurance

A new option for low-cost flight protection

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Berkshire Hathaway announced that it will begin offering a new kind of travel insurance.…

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America Saves Survey: More Consumers Automate Savings

But some still stash cash at home

If you’ve ever wondered how your saving habits compare to those around you, wonder no…

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MasterCard Extends Zero-Liability Policy

Protection provided for ATM and PIN transactions

Debit and credit card company MasterCard announced that it will extend its zero-liability policy for…

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Common Misconceptions Newlyweds Have about Credit

Are you believing a financial lie?

If you’re a newlywed, there are some things regarding money about which you might be…

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National Black Church Initiative Partners with TrustEgg

Organization will help one million children start a savings account

The National Black Church Initiative, a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches, recently announced a partnership…

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Consumers Show Concern over Security of Financial Information

Is your information at risk?

If you stay up late at night worrying about your financial security, you’re not alone.…

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Keep Track of Product Recalls

Stay safe by keeping abreast of developments

Have you ever learned that a product that you use or someone close to you…

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Auto Parts Price-Fixing Scandal Makes Justice Department History

This is the department's largest antitrust investigation ever

If you thought the auto industry’s woes couldn’t get any worse, think again. More bad…

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CFPB Reports on Payday Lenders and Debt Collectors

Report shines light on deceptive practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is responsible for overseeing depository institutions and credit unions with…

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Maya Rockeymoore Talks about Why Social Security is Important

Social Security benefits both the young and old

Maya Rockeymoore, president of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, recently  presented before the Senate…

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Movie Theater Charges Extra for Middle Seats

Could a surcharge be headed your way?

What would you do if your local theater only let patrons who paid more money…

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Credit Union for Pro Athletes Approved

Organization founded by former wife of baseball player

It is widely known that professional athletes often struggle with managing their money. Consequently, many…

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The 5 Best States for Banking

Did your state make the list?

If you’ve ever wondered which states have the best banks and how they compare to…

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Largest Real-Time Clinical Health Database Launched

Doctors and professionals can easily track consumer health

Practice Fusion, an electronic health records company, recently launched Insight by Practice Fusion, a free…

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Avoid a Vacation Rental Rip Off

Don't get tricked by fraudsters

If you’ve decided to skip the hotel and instead opt for a vacation rental, there…

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John Hope Bryant Talks about New Book and CFPB Partnership

Operation HOPE partners with CFPB

In part three of this series, Black Enterprise speaks with John Hope Bryant to learn…

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Military Members Face Financial Weakness

Differences can be seen between military and general population

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling recently conducted a survey that shows many members of…

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Study: Consumers Saddled by Credit Card Debt and Overdraft Fees

Consumers face trouble due to lack of financial knowledge

A recent survey by MagnifyMoney shows that 35% of Americans overdraft and 42.4% are saddled…

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Consumers Over-Penalized for Medical Debt in Collections

Scores may misrepresent creditworthiness by 10 points

If you have medical debt in collections, you might be facing harsher penalties. The Consumer…

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John Hope Bryant Talks about HOPE Business in a Box Academies

Students given chance to win up to $500 toward business

Black Enterprise spoke with John Hope Bryant to learn more about his efforts to promote…

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Credit Suisse Confesses to Helping Clients Evade Taxes

Company must pay $2.6 billion

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Credit Suisse AG agreed to plead guilty to assisting…

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Weighing Your Student Loan Repayment Options

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Graduation season is upon us. And that most likely means a student loan…

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John Hope Bryant Talks about Project 5117

Black Enterprise spoke with John Hope Bryant to learn more about Project 5117, an…

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Wells Fargo Home Lending Launches Home Ownership Contest

Up to $750,000 will go to three lucky winners

If you’re in the market to purchase a new home, you might be excited to…

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Credit Survey Reveals Differences Between Millennials and Older Adults

Younger card holders less likely to request free credit reports

The Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions recently unveiled their fourth annual survey on…

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OneUnited Bank President Teri Williams Talks About Homeownership

Bank veteran discusses new mortgage program

Even though Financial Literacy Month has come and gone, it’s never too late to discuss…

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First-Time Home Buyers Might Have Easier Time Getting Mortgage

New policies are in the works

Federal regulators are working on new policies that might make it easier for first-time home…

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Sallie Mae and Navient to Pay $97 Million for Student Loan Violations

Government says 60,000 service members affected

The Departments of Education and Justice, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are cracking down…

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OneUnited Bank President Teri Williams Talks About UNITY Visa Card

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Even though Financial Literacy Month has come and gone, it’s never too late to…

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More Landlords Checking Credit

If you’re looking to rent a new apartment, you’ll have to look at not only…

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National Moving Month: Watch Out for Scams

Take heed to these tips to avoid fraudsters

May is National Moving Month, and if you plan to move anytime soon, it’s important…

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OneUnited Bank President Teri Williams Talks About Book, ‘I Got Bank’

Financial services leader also details advice on financial fitness advocacy

Teri Williams, president at OneUnited Bank, talks her book, financial literacy, and the importance of…

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Changes to Student Loans Might Be Coming Your Way

Proposed White House budget makes room for programs like "Pay as You Earn"

In March, President Obama revealed his proposed budget for next year, with a portion reserved…

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Initiative may help some homeowners stay afloat.

Study: Older Americans Struggle with Mortgage Payments

The retirement plans of older homeowners are being affected by the fact that many are…

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How to Choose a Credit Counseling Agency

If you run into financial troubles, you may find yourself seeking the assistance of a…

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Throwback Thursday: Money Tips for New Grads

You're out of school and (if you're lucky) on the job. Next: a plan to manage your cash

If you’re among the young adults who have just graduated from college and landed their…

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Author Q and A: Confessions of a Credit Card Junkie (Part 2)

Author Beverly Harzog shares her struggles with credit cards in new book

Credit cards can help in times of an emergency. They are also necessary to help…

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Watch out for Jury Duty Scams

Prince George’s County recently sent a message out to its residents, warning them about a…

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4 Ways to Protect Your Credit During Vacation

Don't let a financial bind ruin a good time

Don’t leave home without heeding this advice on protecting your credit while on vacation or…

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Government Creates Reserve to Prepare for Gas Shortages

Two years ago, Superstorm Sandy caused massive property damage and forever changed the lives of countless…

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Target CEO Steps Down in Wake of Data Breach

Target Corp. announced the replacement of Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel on Monday. He had been…

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The "forgetful" borrower. Don't be surprised when you lend money to a cousin or your favorite uncle and you never get it back. If you lend money to a family member, consider it a gift. Family members are usually the worst when it comes to repaying a loan. So when Christmas comes around and they find an empty box under the tree, say Christmas came early—when you “lent” them $200 earlier in the year.

Money Quiz: Signs You’re Headed Back Home to Live with Your Parents

Take this quiz to see if your money habits will land you back in your parents' abode

Despite reports that the economy is doing better, some adults who were once independent are…

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Groupon Offers New Bulk Service

Costco and BJ’s  might have some competition. Groupon is now offering a new service that…

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Author Q and A: Confessions of a Credit Card Junkie

Author Beverly Harzog shares her struggles with credit cards in new book

Credit cards can help in times of an emergency. They are also necessary to help…

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Business Continuity Tips Discussed at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery

Get Your Finances in Order before a Storm Strikes

Do you have a financial first aid kit?

The recent string of deadly tornadoes may have you thinking more about your financial protection…

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New Report: Small Businesses Creating Jobs, Giving Back and Growing Local Economy

Personal Income Slightly Rises in April

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The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reports that personal income increased $78.4…

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Target Switches to Chip-and-PIN Cards after Data Breach

Target has announced that it will start to issue chip-and-PIN cards early next year. The…

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Financial Literacy Month: Dealing with Dirty Debt Collectors

When it comes to paying your debts, it’s important to know your rights so that…

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Walmart Launches Auto Insurance Comparison Service

Walmart continues to be a one-stop-shop. Drivers can now compare auto insurance rates at the superstore.

Now, if you want to compare auto insurance rates, you can go to the superstore…

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CFPB Officials Face Subpoena

A vote was passed by the House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee to subpoena…

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Financial Literacy Month: By the Numbers

The survey shows that we all have our struggles and encounter some ups and downs

Check out all the statistics

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Author and Motivator Lisa Nichols Inspires During Social Media Event

Lisa Nichols inspired participant during her tweet chat with Black Enterprise, detailing her latest business…

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Susan L. Taylor Talks Mentorship and Passing on a Legacy via CARES

Sharing tips on passing on a legacy and the need for mentorship, Susan L. Taylor…

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