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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Adjusted Basis

Your daily money bite

What’s the definition?

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Economy of You ART

US News & World Report Editor Talks New Book “The Economy of You”

Kimberly Palmer talks about creating an economy that you control

Take hold of your financial destiny

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Tax Season 2014: Watch Out for Tax-Related Identity Theft

Keep an eye out for tax-time thieves

Your identity could be stolen

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Learn How to Save Money During ‘America Saves’ Week

Give your nest egg a boost

Use this week develop sound saving habits

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How One Black Enterprise Reader is Helping Black-Owned Businesses

Vannessa Wade supports black business with her money and her talents

Wade isn’t shy about her mission to help black businesses.

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The White House Emphasizes the Importance of Enrollment in Affordable Health Care

Millions will have access to coverage

Nearly 6.8 million African Americans in the United States are uninsured

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Automatic Stay

Your daily money bite

Learn what an automatic stay is

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Five Factors That Affect Your Credit Score

A guide to boosting your number

How high or low is your credit score?

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Do Men Still Earn More than Women? [Infographic]

A recent study answers the question

If you’re a woman, most times you can expect a smaller paycheck than your male…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Looking for a Valentine’s Day Gift? Try Your Credit Report

Nothing says 'I love you' like financial planning together

According to Morris, couples are often reluctant to discuss money matters and that finances are…

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MetLife Offers Tips on Managing Love and Money

Guidelines for creating harmony between your money and your honey

MetLife’s handy tips are from their love and money workshop, which is part of their…

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Black Enterprise Financial All-Star: Katrina H. Everett Talks Income Strategy

Advice from Black Enterprise's top experts

Make sure you have sufficient liquidity in cash reserves in case of an emergency

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Black Enterprise Financial All-Star: Lori Ann Douglass Talks End of Life Planning

Advice from Black Enterprise's top experts

Do your disability and estate planning now

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Black Enterprise’s Financial All-Stars: Aaron W. Smith Talks Raising Capital

Advice from Black Enterprise's top experts

What are the best ways to raise capital?

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6 Steps for Getting Noticed in Any Setting

4 Tips for Keeping Business and Personal Finances Separate

Advice for keeping your money in order

Don’t forget to keep a close eye on both your business and personal finances

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Tips for Keeping Shopping Under Control

Regain control over your cash

Close your wallet

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IRS Launching ‘Free File’ on January 17th

Free File Alliance and IRS team up to offer tax service free of charge

Choose from several free offerings from leading providers of tax software

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More Customers Affected By Target Data Breach

Retailer revises numbers to show a lot more customers were affected than originally thought

Make sure you check—and then double-check–your account statements

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Ways to Save on Car Insurance Costs [Video]

Tips for keeping more cash in your pocket

Does the cost of car insurance have you reeling? It might be time to look…

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Don’t Make These Holiday Credit Mistakes

Don’t let these blunders ruin your holiday

Pay very close attention to the fine print and exercise self-control

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Black Enterprise Financial Fitness Contest: Rodd Herbert Talks 1 Year Later

A look back at contest winners from the Black Enterprise 2012 Financial Fitness Contest

Herbert strives to manage finances in the face of declining health

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How to Start Your Retirement Planning in an Intelligent Manner

Tips for planning for your golden years

Here’s how to make sure you’re on the right track for retirement

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IRS Announces 2014 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

Updates for the new year

Updated rates are coming for the costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical…

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FTC Updates Online Complaint Site

Changes are coming to FTC complaint features

Complaints are entered into the Consumer Sentinel Network database, and are made available to federal,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Is Money “Dripping” From Your Wallet Because of Drip Pricing?

Beware of hidden fees

Avoid getting hit with fees that weren’t in the original price quote

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How to Give the Gift of Meals This Holiday Season

For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is an everyday challenge. Here's how you can help

Just $28 can feed a family for three weeks

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FTC Cracks Down on Phantom Lender

Company accused of collecting on fake loans gets its due

The FTC requested a U.S. court to shut down a fake lender

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Tips for Staying within Your Holiday Budget

Don’t let seasonal shopping wreck your finances

How do you make sure you get the most bang for your buck?

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Walmart Announces Even Earlier Black Friday Sales

To get great deals, you might have to eat Thanksgiving dinner on the go

The store announced that it will have two major sales events

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For too long women have been forced to figure out how to survive on their own. I wrote my book, SKIRTS in the Boardroom to equip women with the tools necessary to chart their own course. S.K.I.R.T.S. is actually an acronym that represents the characteristics that today’s woman must have to thrive in the boardroom, which ultimately represents any place of power that is male-dominated---a place where decisions are made and where you have a chance to show what you're made of. While it may change at different stages of your life, the boardroom is your playing field. It's also a place where the good ‘ole boys' network has, and continues to, flourish. It is time for the ladies to take their seats in the executive suite.   So how do you position yourself to thrive in and out of the boardroom?  Here seven savvy qualities that today’s S.K.I.R.T.S. must possess to go to the next level. (Pay attention, fellas---you can learn some fabulous tips, too!)---Marshawn Evans

How to Save Money When Starting a Business

Advice for holding on to your cash during the start-up phase

Get started on the right foot during the early stages of your new business

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Prepares to Crack Down on Debt Collectors

New rules may be on the horizon

The CFPB complaint database has more than 155,000 complaints on several financial consumer issues

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5 Financial Questions You Must Ask Before Saying “I do”

Get the full picture before merging finances

Discuss the topic of money prior to saying “I do” in order to get a…

By Kenny Pugh

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Best Times to Buy Holiday Gifts [Infographic]

Learn when to make purchases so you can save more of your cash

This handy infographic from Savings.com lists the best times to purchase your holiday gifts

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Treasury Modifies “Use-or-Lose” Rule for Health Flexible Spending Accounts

Plan participants get to hold on to some of their money

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS will adjust the “use-or-lose” rule attached…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Financial Planning Tips for New Entrepreneurs

So you want to be a boss? Make sure your finances are in order first

After years of running the proverbial rat race, you’re thinking of starting a business

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Top Expert Tips on How to Save With Coupons

Savings and coupon advice from money expert Sami Cone

You’ll never know how much you can save until you realize how much you’re spending

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Wealth Builder Spotlight: The Inspirational Story of Kanyessa McMahon

Learn how this young boss is growing her money through entrepreneurship

After a frustrating four-month stint at a video production company, she acted on her entrepreneurial…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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

Hurricane Sandy Anniversary: A Primer on Catastrophe Tax Deduction

Know what you're entitled to in the event of a disaster

If another major disaster were to strike, help may be available

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Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate Dips to 4.13%

Rates drop the lowest level in four months

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows the average rates on fixed mortgages in the…

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Google Helps Consumers Prepare for Digital Afterlife

New feature helps you plan for the future

Users of Google can entrust account information to family or friends or have the account…

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Set Yourself up for Financial Success [Infographic]

MetLife provides money management tips for young adults

Paying careful attention to your finances is the key to achieving financial freedom

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Wells Fargo Presents Video Series on Paying for College

Educational series offers tips to help students navigate the financial aid process

Wells Fargo recently produced a series of videos focused on financing college

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Retiring on Time is No Longer Realistic for Many Americans

An increasing number of workers will remain in the workforce longer than anticipated

If you’ve come to the realization that you won’t be able to fully retire when…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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TIAA-CREF Release Results of Financial Advice Survey

Survey shows some are fearful when it comes to managing money

A random group of 1,000 adults across the nation were asked about their attitudes, preferences…

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High School Students Receive $1,000 Prize from Wells Fargo

Bank awards cash prizes to winners of their CollegeSTEPS® sweepstakes.

 

Wells Fargo is presenting $1,000 checks to 520 high school students who won …

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The Financial Benefits of a College Degree [Infographic]

A college degree could mean more money and lower unemployment

Benefits of getting higher education are highlighted in this infographic

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How I Became a ‘Couponer’

Savings and coupon advice from money expert Kasey Trenum.

Black Enterprise got some juicy coupon tips from Kasey Trenum, Savings.com DealPro and co-founder of…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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More Banks Shun Mortgage Preapprovals

Disappearing preapprovals will make it tougher for home buyers to stand out to prospective sellers

Some lenders are opting to do away with mortgage preapprovals

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The Surprising Benefits of Coupons

Savings.com editor Susan Yoo-Lee shares results of the 2013 ValPak Readership Survey

National Coupon Month ended last week, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.…

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Should You Let Your Sick Parent Move in?

Moving a parent in could put a strain on love and money

The decision on whether to move a parent in can be an emotional and life-changing…

By Kenny Pugh

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Home Improvements that Pay Off Start in the Bathroom [Infographic]

Five renovations that add value to your house.

The right updates could greatly increase the resale value of your home.

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Loophole Permits Loans at Non-U.S. Accredited Schools

U.S. taxpayers held responsible for loans made overseas

Why are we responsible for this?

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Options for Disabled Student Loan Borrowers

Tips for discharging student loan debt due to disability.

This past July, the U.S. Department of Education enforced new regulations that made it easier…

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Personal Income and Savings Slightly Rise

Consumers show small gains in pay and savings

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Personal income increased $57.2 billion, or 0.4%, and disposable personal income (DPI) increased…

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HOW TO START AN EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM

Putting Patients in Charge of Their Health

New electronic health records system gives control to patients.

Obtaining a copy of your medical records can be a hassle.

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Tax-Filing and Payment Extensions Expire Soon

Hurry before it's too late.

If you are among the more than 12 million taxpayers who requested a six-month extension…

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Why Hospitals Taking Health Care Digital is Important

CEO Ryan Howard talks about the importance of electronic health records.

Many medical facilities are in the process of making the switch to electronic health records.…

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Saving on the fly is like not saving at all. The best savers are serious about financial planning.

Learn How to Plan More and Save More Money

Those who make a plan for their money save more cash.

Do you want to save more money? A recent survey shows that if you want…

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10) Age matters: If you’re a BE Nexter who’s looking to invest, White suggests you pay down the debts first and then start allocating a portion of your income into the equity market. “You can start with blue chip stocks, those companies that you know well, or you can invest in ETF's (exchange traded funds), which mimic whatever industry, index or country you’re trying to match. If you’re headed toward retirement, play it safe. “You don’t want to be 62 and have to experience the kind of correction that we’re having now in the stock market,” says White.” You want to have money in savings accounts, CDs or high grade US treasure bonds when you’re seven years or so out from retirement.”

Saving for College: A Family Affair

Turbocharge college savings with the help of family members.

The cost of a college education has dramatically increased over the past decade.

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Don’t Let Boomerang Kids Ruin Your Retirement

Here’s how to protect your finances from children returning to the nest.

Tips for protecting your retirement funds when you have children.

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Former JPMorgan Chase Employees Charged

Two former JPMorgan Chase employees have been charged with trying to cover up last year’s…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Roth IRA Still a Mystery for Some

Fear and lack of knowledge are holding some investors back.

Some investors are giving the Roth IRA the cold shoulder.

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Tax Breaks for Going Back to School

Get financial perks for hitting the books.

Tax breaks are a great way to reduce educational costs.

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Wealthy Investors Wish They Could Save More

More money? More problems.

Even though rich people have fewer regrets, they still have concerns about money.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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4 Quick Tips for Saving Money on Back-to-School Shopping

Keep more cash in your pocket

Summer will soon draw to a close, and kids will be back on the school…

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4 Tips for Managing Student Loan Debt

Start life after college on the right foot

The joy of graduating can turn into dread once student loan notices start pouring in.

By Candace Myers

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: Learn About ETFs, Mutual Funds and Stocks

What's the difference and how do I choose which is best for me?

A mutual fund is similar to a stock, but instead of investing in one company…

By LaToya M. Smith

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In Hedge Fund Manager’s Last Hours of Freedom, an Attempt at One Last Victim

Alleged scam artist wooed startup founder with fancy cars, back story

Mr. Bailey says he’s relieved he seems to have dodged a major bullet.

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Living Single? You Still Need to Plan Financially

Could the keys to your financial success be tied up in your relative freedom?

Watch how you spend!

By Jennifer Streaks

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: Is it Time to Consult a Financial Planner?

After years of doing things on my own I knew it was time to get some professional advice

Before you dismiss the idea of working with a financial planner, find out how they…

By LaToya M. Smith

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5 Money Lessons From Kanye West’s ‘New Slaves’

The new single from Kanye West's forthcoming album, 'Yeezus'

Spending everything on Alexander Wang — not a good idea

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Appreciation Is an Important Key to Wealth and Relationship Success

Why you should avoid investing in things & relationships that don’t appreciate

There aren’t too many people today who don’t desire success in the areas of love…

By Kenny Pugh

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Convenience Determines Best and Worst Cities For Summer Travel

Is Denver on your summer list of places to visit? Apparently, it should be

Convenience is the name of the game when it comes to summer travel.

By Darren Sands

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Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development

Report Paints Grim Financial Picture for City of Detroit

Pension funds, borrowing capabilities in disarray

The report was completed by Washington, D.C.- based bankruptcy lawyer Kevyn D. Orr, who was…

By Darren Sands

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Know the Signs of Telemarketing Fraud

Be aware of thieves looking to take advantage of you.

Telemarketing scams are everywhere…watch out!

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20 Percent of African Americans Too Broke for Bank Accounts

Banks charge an average of $6 to cash checks

A large segment of the black community is unbanked

By Makkada B. Selah

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Need More Time? How to File an Extension on Your Taxes

The form is as easy as 1-2-3

It’s April, and millions still haven’t filed their taxes.

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Kevin Ware is undoubtedly the face of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and Adidas and the scissors company Fiskars are two major benefactors.

As Louisville’s Kevin Ware Cut Down Nets, Fiskars Scissors Gets the Big Stage

Iconic images at Final Four have little monetary benefit for players

Critics parse fairness of brand associations on the court at the Final Four.

By Darren Sands

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Walmart Worker Finds $20,000, Returns it to Customer

Good Samaritan worker has been promoted

A kind-hearted Walmart worker defines customer service

By Makkada B. Selah

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5 Financial Pitfalls the Underinsured Must Avoid

The already susceptible should be extra careful

Waste no time getting into these tips.

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5 Important Tips to Consider When Choosing a Financial Planner

Need professional assistance to manage your finances?

Here’s some help how to choose the right person for you

By Black Enterprise

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Mindless Behavior: Behind the Business of America’s Hottest Boy Band

A tried and true business model goes next-level with Prodigy, Ray Ray, Roc Royal and Princeton

The business of Mindless Behavior isn’t exactly ‘mindless’ at all.

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5 Money-Saving Skincare Tips For Your Budget

Smart spending and planning can help your skin rebound, our expert says

Being smart about your skincare doesn’t mean you have to break the bank.

By Dr. Michelle Henry

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Could Emergency Financial Management in Detroit Hurt Blacks?

Is Detroit doomed?

The state of Michigan is threatening to take over Detroit

By Makkada B. Selah

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Sports Illustrated Says Barack Obama Is 44th Most Powerful Person in Sports

Obama speaks, and the sports world listens, SI says

Obama one of four African Americans on the list.

By Darren Sands

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Why you Should Avoid Prepaid Debit Cards at all Costs

The benefits of prepaid debit cards can often appear attractive

Companies peddling prepaid debit cards often use celebrities to target consumers.

By Jennifer Streaks

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5 Reasons the Obamas Should Bring the 2024 Olympic Games to Chicago

After a failed bid for the 2016 Games, Chicago is an early favorite among U.S. cities to land the Olympics. Make no mistake: the Obamas can bring it home, in their case, literally

After a failed bid for the 2016 Games, Chicago is an early favorite among U.S.…

By Darren Sands

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Q&A: LaQuan Smith on Building a Brand, Dressing the Stars and Watching Boomerang

Smith, just 24, is already at the top of his game -- and still rising

Business is “booming” for LaQuan Smith.

By Nikki Ogunnaike

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4 Ways to Raise a Bad Credit Score

A few simple changes can make a big difference

Here are a few tips for getting an added boost to your credit score.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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For Middle Income Job Seekers: Jobs are Leaving, Not Coming Back

Service sector jobs are being obliterated by technology

Jobs are disappearing in certain sectors, not expected to return

By Ashley R. Harris

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3 Ways to Turn Your Idea into an Income Stream in 2013

Getting specific about your goals has a significant payoff

Get serious about turning your ideas into cash.

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Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael B. Coleman Likes His City Very Much

Host city to Black Enterprise's 2013 Entrepreneur's Conference, the Ohio capital's biggest fan is the mayor himself

A Q+A with Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

By Darren Sands

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6 Unlikely Tips to Get Your Financial House in Order

You've heard this advice from time to time, but it's never been more necessary

Six tips to get organized about your finances

By Jennifer Streaks

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Money Team: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has signed a deal with Showtime/CBS which will keep his empire at the top for years to come.

Could Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Have Made $4.3M on Sports Bets?

The numbers are in via the fighter's social media posts

Money May had a pretty good year — at the sports book.

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Kandi Burruss Decoded: On the Move Mogul Quietly Builds “The Kandi Empire”

Kandi Burruss is following in the footsteps of Oprah and Tyra Banks.

90′s kids may still identify with her as the former lead singer in the group…

By Maurice Garland

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For Detroit’s KeY Wane, Graduation Has Two Degrees of Success

For young super producer already killing the game, graduation from Tenn. State Univ. is around the corner.

KeY Wane’s already produced some of the biggest songs in hip hop — and he’s…

By Marshall Latimore

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Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson Spends $19k on Toys for Less Fortunate Kids

Johnson spreads holiday cheer for at-risk youth

Texans WR and all-around good guy Andre Johnson played the role of Santa Wednesday.

By Darren Sands

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Baltimore launches micro-loan program for small businesses

Baltimore Launches Micro-Loan Program for Small Businesses

The program will enable small businesses with under $1 million in annual revenue to apply for loans that range in amounts from $5,000 to $30,000.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is launching a micro-loan fund to assist owners in hiring and stabilizing…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Say Goodbye to Your Twinkies and Wonderbread

Hostess brands closing after decades in the snack business

Will you miss their goods?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Women More Likely to Use Payday Loans Than Men

Predatory lending practice popular among whites, women

The parasite of the lending community attacks women significantly more than it does men

By Ashley R. Harris

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President Obama knows he must get both sides Congress to work together to avoid potential economic disaster

Unemployment Steady in Final Jobs Report of the Year

Some 171,000 jobs were added in October

Could the latest jobs numbers could have a last-minute effect on the election?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Black Churches in Florida Try to Keep Turnout High

African Americans were twice as likely as whites to cast early ballots

African Americans were twice as likely as whites to cast early ballots

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LeBron James, the NBA's best player, is a champion, which is excellent news for the league's ticket sales.

Before NBA Season Opener, Ticket Sales Sizzle

Marketing, excitement drives season tickets increases

A number of factors mean robust ticket sales for the NBA.

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5 Lies That Keep You in Debt

Discover what fibs may be costing you financial freedom

These common myths could be keeping you from financial freedom

By Patrice C. Washington

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Tax Policy Changes to Affect Most Americans [Report]

Annual tax planning will see significant changes if Congress doesn't take action

Annual tax planning will see significant changes if Congress doesn’t take action

By Ashley R. Harris

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No Debate: As Race Heats Up, So Does Business, Networking

From DJs to developers, uniting around the president has business benefits -- again

From now until Election Day, socializing and networking in the weeks leading up to November…

By Darren Sands

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Actors Khalil Kane and J Kyle Manzay will star in 'The Great MacDaddy' in New York this fall.

The Great Recession No Match For ‘The Great MacDaddy’ Play

Producers of classic piece of American theatre ignore financial barriers this fall

Producers of classic piece of American theatre ignore financial barriers this fall

By Darren Sands

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How to Keep it Rich

Too many people get rich and lose their money. Here's how to hold on to it.

Here’s a roadmap to setting your wealth goals

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Black CEO Announces Plans to Combine Some Olive Garden, Red Lobster Restaurants

Darden CEO Clarence Otis has rolled out a new strategy to become more profitable in smaller markets.

Darden CEO Clarence Otis has rolled out a new strategy to become more profitable in…

By Darren Sands

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At Ryder Cup Golf Tournament, Black Small Businesses on the Fringe

The tournament is underway, and some black-owned small businesses fear they're on the outside looking in

The tournament is underway, and some black-owned small businesses fear they’re on the outside looking…

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NJ Governor Not Using $300 Million in Funds to Help Foreclosure Victims

Why isn't Christie helping foreclosed homeowners?

Christie hasn’t used more than $300 million in federal funds to help those struggling in…

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Want to Break Your Lease? Here’s How to Go About it

While it's not recommend, sometimes you will just have to break your lease

While it’s not recommend, sometimes you will just have to break your lease

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Mortgage Companies Forgiving Homeowners Big Time

First report of the foreclosure abuse settlement shows banks swiftly pardoned half of the $20 bil required

First report of the foreclosure abuse settlement shows banks swiftly pardoned half of the $20…

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Tired of Your Money Market Account?

Check out these pros and cons of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) as a safe cash alternative

Check out these pros and cons of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) as a safe cash…

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Black Population Low in Nation’s Top-Earning Towns

Area with the highest income has a black population of less than 4 %

While CNN’s Top-Earning Towns list highlights communities that boast posh pads and stellar schools, these…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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American Workforce Much Better Off Than Last Year

There’s some good in the newly released Labor Department report

The unemployment rate for blacks is still a whopping 14.1%, which remains unchanged from July,…

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Could fund the entire angel rounds for 577 tech startups. In 2011, the average angel round—which secures capital for a startup, usually from individuals investing their own money—was $1.11 million.

Paycheck-to-Paycheck Living Reaches Recession-Era Low

The number of workers relying on payday to handle bills continues to slip

A recent CareerBuilder survey shows that 40%, or two-thirds, of the 3800 full-time workers assessed…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Three Hidden Credit Card Perks You May Not Know About

When used correctly, credit cards can work in your favor

When used correctly, credit cards can work in your favor

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21 Ways Rich People Think Differently Than the Average Joe/Jane

Controversial breakdown examines the difference between rich and average people

Here Business Insider’s Mandi Woodruff gives a brief overview of the 21 ways rich people…

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Worker Productivity Beats Expectations, Pay Is Constant

Labor Department report shows worker output was up in the second quarter, but wage increases were sluggish

The most recent Labor Department report issued Wednesday reveals that despite better-than-expected business output the…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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‘Notorious’ Actress Raises $50,000 from Fans for Music Career

Antonique Smith launches successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with actress Antonique Smith to discuss raising startup capital on her own,…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Protect Your Child from Back-to-School ID Theft

Disclosing sensitive information could place your child in danger of being victimized by an identity thief.

Disclosing sensitive information could place your child in danger of being victimized by an identity…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Should You Check into the Divorce Hotel?

New service called the hotel divorce promises a quickie divorce in just one weekend

There’s a new service called the hotel divorce, and it promises a quickie divorce in…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Five Athletes Whose Love Battles Killed Their Brands

These sports figures' brands have taken major hits

As details of Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson’s domestic battery case continue to be released, we take…

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You’ve walked across the stage, and graduation is over. Now you’re inching your way into the world of adulthood equipped with working a 9-to-5 and paying bills. For the majority of post-college grads, handling their own finances is a new--- and scary---experience. 
According to FinAid, graduating seniors leave college with an average of $23,000 in loan debt. Add to that rent, utilities, gas, and groceries, and it’s easy to dig yourself into a deep hole with the average entry-level salary. While surviving on a starting salary is difficult, it’s not impossible. Here are four tips from Darric N. Boyd, a Merrill Lynch certified financial expert, on getting (and keeping) a grip on your newfound finances. --- Jamie Harrison

Real-World Finances 101: Smart Money Tips for Recent Grads

Once you've landed your first job, be sure to map out a financial plan

So you’ve got your degree and you’ve even landed your first job. Well, you’ll need…

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No. 2: Arts. Aspiring artists will face an 11.1% unemployment rate. Generally, non-technical majors have a significantly higher rate of unemployment.

College Degrees with the Highest Unemployment Rates

Here is a list of the top 7 college degrees with the highest unemployment rate in the country at the moment.

Here is a list of the top 7 college degrees with the highest unemployment rate…

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Do You Need a Postnuptial Agreement?

A lot of people are turned off by pre-nuptials, but they are a very important part of a potential marriage where high finances are involved.

Why you might need to protect your assets after marriage

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5 Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Your Wallet

We sift through the dense text to tell you what the ACA means for your family and your money

5 key points of show the historical Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court…

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Women of Power: 4 Boss Moves to Get Salary You Deserve

As the pay gap for women and men is highlighted today for Equal Pay Day,…

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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