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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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The Harsh Reality Of Single Black Women And Bankruptcy

Study shows the racial wealth gap is still alive

Study shows the racial wealth gap is still alive

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More Black Women Going Bankrupt [Report]

Studies show that black women continue to fall short financially in comparison to their white counterparts

Studies show that black women continue to fall short financially in comparison to their white…

By Black Enterprise

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Job Credit Checks Are Becoming a Thing of the Past

Depending on your state of residence, you might no longer be subjected to a credit check when applying for a job.

You might no longer be subjected to a credit check when applying for a job.

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Get Excited About Your Money

Our Wealth for Life mission is to ensure that you become an active participant in…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Peek In Your Purse

“A woman behaving wealthy spends on the basis of what is important to her on…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Farrah Gray (@RealFarrahGray)  	The entrepreneurial spirit burns bright in Farrah Gray. Since the age of 6, the CEO of Farrah Gray Publishing has been a salesman and by the age of 16, he launched close to a dozen small businesses and social enterprises. This entrepreneur has received many awards and accolades for his noteworthy accomplishments, including the Young Entrepreneur Trumpet Award, an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters from Allen University, The National Urban League Whitney M. Young Jr. Entrepreneurship Award and The Urban Business Roundtable's Top 40 Game Changers of Chicago.

Free!! Books of the Week – Get Real, Get Rich

Having a hard time controlling your personal expenses, or could you be looking toward future…

By Sasha King

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Should You Use Credit Cards for Everything? Yes and No.

Credit card usage doesn't have to be a gamble.

There are reasons why you should be careful with your credit card, but do they…

By Jennifer Streaks

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WATCH: Amid Criticism, Suze Orman Defends Her New Prepaid Debit Card

In a video interview with theGrio.com/CNBC reporter Sharlita Brantley, Suze Orman goes on the defensive about launching her own prepaid card

In a video interview with theGrio.com/CNBC reporter Sharlita Brantley, Suze Orman goes on the defensive…

By Elayne Fluker

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RUSH COMMUNICATIONS: Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam (1984) and Rush Communications (1991) (pictured). Def Jam is responsible for launching the career of LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, and Rush Communications is the parent company for media, entertainment, apparel, financial and philanthropic companies.

Russell Simmons to the Financial Press: ‘Is It Because I’m Hip Hop?’

Amid prepaid debit card criticism, the RushCard founder demands to know why he's considered a "celebrity endorser"

As prepaid debit cards by Suze Orman and Lil Wayne are criticized, RushCard founder Russell…

By Elayne Fluker

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How Radio Personality Angela Yee Dug Herself Out of Debt

The New York DJ recounts her financial missteps before getting back on track

Power 105 radio host Angela Yee found herself struggling with credit debt until she decided…

By Janee Bolden

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7 Signs that You are a Woman Behaving Wealthy

Time for a purse check, ladies. These tips tell you what you need to do to go from 'just making it' or 'plain broke' to truly wealthy

Time for a purse check, ladies. These tips tell you what you need to do…

By Robin A. Young

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Debt-Free Diet

Four years ago Monique A. Harps contended with more than $104,000 in debt. Although the…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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3 Ways to Achieve Your Financial New Year’s Resolution In Just 30 Days

2012 is here. Is your money right? Use these tips to help you get on-track

Money coach Lynnnette Khalfani-Cox gives you three key tips to help you reach your financial…

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to improve your finances in some way, join the club.

According to a survey from TD Ameritrade, 73% of Americans will make at least one money-related New Year’s resolution. Regardless of your current economic circumstances, here are 12 crucial and doable financial goals worth putting on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2012 – along with some tips and resources to ensure your financial success.---Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, Askthemoneycoach.com

12 Financial New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you 12 easy steps to get your money matters in order for 2012!

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you 12 easy steps to get your money matters in…

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3 Things You Should’ve Been Focused on Besides Black Friday Sales

There's nothing wrong with spending if it's for a good cause and not consumer greed and gluttony

Despite being in a recession, American spending continues as 2011 marks the biggest Black Friday…

By Caroline Clarke

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In these financially-strapped times, the thought of using money you barely have to enjoy yourself might ignite stressful feelings. In fact, a lack of disposable income can lead some to almost never involve themselves in fun or extracurricular activities outside of basic cost of living. However, some mental health experts believe working to pay bills without making time for recreation can lead to major stress. If you desire to have fun but you’re constantly void of funds, here are seven ways to have a good time on a budget. —Quassan Castro

7 Ways To Have Fun On A Budget

You don't always have to spend money to have a good time

In this economy everyone is about saving money which leaves fun by the wayside, well…

By Quassan Castro

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From Black Friday door buster specials to pre- and after-Christmas sales, the start of the holiday shopping frenzy may soon engage your inner shopaholic—and leave you with a mound of debt by New Year’s. The average American is expected to spend a little more than $700 on holiday gifts and seasonal merchandise in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Nationwide, sales are expected to reach $465.6 billion, putting retailers in the black.

If the shopaholic in you is ready to be unleashed, take steps to control your spending habits so you aren’t left in the red, with credit card debt and an empty savings account before the year is over. Here are some useful tips to control your inner shopaholic this holiday season. —Lynette Khalfani-Cox

5 Holiday Shopping Tips for Shopaholics

Don't get caught up in the craziness of the holiday shopping season, here are a few tips to stay on course

It’s holiday shopping season and shopaholics need be wary of falling into financial trouble. Here…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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How to Shop Safe & Save Money on Cyber Monday

Shopping from the comfort of your own home never sounded so good

When it comes to Cyber Monday you have to apply the same preparation and due…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Best Black Friday Deals & the Worst Shopping Traps to Avoid

Holiday shopping season officially starts with Black Friday, here's how to come out on top without breaking the bank

Black Friday is all about the deals and low prices, but that doesn’t mean you…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Ask the Money Coach: How Do Small Collection Accounts Impact Your Credit Score?

Pay your bills; protect your credit

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to protect your credit score

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Confront the Culprit

Lastly, you need to confront this person directly. It doesn’t matter if that person is a “close” family member. I don’t care if it’s your sister, a cousin---or even your mother. Let this individual know that they have totally crossed the line and damaged your finances and credit rating in a way that is completely unfair, disrespectful to you, and that has long-lasting implications. Tell the person that they have exactly one week to contact every creditor in which they used your name to close the account or cut off service in your name---and put it in their name.

Ask the Money Coach: 5 Steps to Take When a Relative Ruins Your Credit

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to make a credit comeback

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you what steps you need to take to make a credit comeback

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David Banner’s 4 Money Management Lessons for Black America

The rapper/actor shares his perspective on the Black community's misuse of its spending power

Inspired by the Pew Research Center’s minority wealth gap report, rapper/producer/actor David Banner shares his…

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What Will a Strategic Default Do to Your Credit Score?

See if this drastic money move is the right one for you

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox helps you decide if this drastic money move is the right…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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3 Easy Steps To Check Out a Debt Collector

How to protect yourself from debt collector abuses

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to protect yourself from debt collector abuses

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How To Get the Best Credit Card Deal

Five tips to help you narrow down your search and score the best credit card deal

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives five tips to help you narrow down your search and score the…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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What to Do if a Debt Collector Tries to Sue You

The phone rings and it’s a call about a credit card debt you forgot about…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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What You Should Know About Credit Card Hardship Plans

Four years of careless spending led to $8,000 in credit card debt for Wilmington, Delaware,…

By Shandra Hill Smith

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Credit Counseling Myths and Reality

Knowing the truth can help you make the best decisions about your finances

If you’re struggling to keep up with your credit card payments, credit counseling is probably…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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3 Huge Problems with Student Loan Debt

And how to fix them...

The Loop 21 offers solutions on how to solve the college debt problem

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How To Get A+ Credit

Follow these tips and get the best credit score you can

When Simone Griffin was young, she would watch her grandmother pay the bills on the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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It’s no secret that the cost to attend college can be quite expensive. As a result, most students heading back to school or those heading away for home for the first time will rely heavily on student loans and financial aid. While this assistance is a welcome safety blanket for those with limited funds, it also begins the cycle of post-grad debt. In an effort to help steer students in the right direction, here are six options for new graduates looking for debt relief. —Kahliah A. Laney

6 Tips for Decreasing Student Loan Debt Post Grad

Get educated on paying off that college debt faster

Student loans are usually the beginning of a cycle of debt that holds us back…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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Watch Out For Business Credit Cards

Don’t put your personal finances at risk

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a study showing that millions of individuals and small business…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Lending Score You’ve Never Heard Of

It takes more than a good credit score to get the best terms on a loan

If you thought a great credit score was all you needed to get the best…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Relearning the Value of a Dollar

Making a habit of using credit and debit cards over cash can lead to a financial pitfall

More and more Americans use credit and debit cards for everyday purchases, creating a cycle…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Investments As Nation Deals With Debt Downgrade

Even though investors are reeling from the toughest market since 2008 you can still build your portfolio & protect your assets

Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the United States’ AAA credit rating to a AA+ could…

By Derek T. Dingle

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How Obama and the Democrats Dropped the Ball…Again

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill says America is left with the burden of paying for the embarrassing ineptitude of Obama and the Democrats

With the passing of the debt-ceiling bill, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill says America is left…

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Stop Burning Cash!

In three real-life situations, experts show how to create a workable budget so you can take control of your money and meet your short- and long-term goals.

Do you smell the odor of burning currency? If you ever find yourself wondering where…

By Bridget McCrea

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What You Need to Know about Co-signing on a Loan

When friends and family ask you to co-sign on a loan you might think you’re doing them a favor, but you’re actually entering into some risky business.

If you decide to co-sign on a loan for someone, there is a three out…

By LaToya M. Smith

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When Your Household Finances Fall Apart

You promised to love each other during good times and bad. Here's what to do when bad financial times come sooner than expected

You promised to love each other during good times and bad. But sometimes the bad…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Truth About Bankruptcy: Why All Your Debts WON’T Go Away

What you need to know before you file

While it’s true that Chapter 7 bankruptcy can wipe out many consumer debts, such as…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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6 Steps to Take If a Debt Collector Tries to Sue You

Whether its a debt you forgot about or one you simply couldn't pay, knowing your options can help you manage the situation

One minute you’re going about your day, not a care in the world. The next,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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5 Situations When It’s OK to Close a Credit Card

Sometimes it’s all right to go against the grain

Whenever Macy’s announced a sale on Jones New York suits or high-heeled sandals, Deanna S.…

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4 Circumstances That Qualify You for a Free Credit Report

Knowing the facts will allow you to get the information you need

If you think the only time you can get free credit reports is when you…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Watch Out for Interest Rate Reduction Scams

Don't let the promise of a lower interest rate ruin your finances.

If you receive a pre-recorded message promising a lower interest rate on your credit card,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Rental Payments Will Count Toward Credit History

How paying your rent on-time is a new way to build good credit

If you don’t own a home, have little credit card history, or don’t own a…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Financial Advice for 2011 College Graduates (Beyond ‘Get a Job!’)

Strategies to help students do the right thing after getting that diploma

Our Money columnist Lynnette Khalfani-Cox offers tips to help college grads do the right (and…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Why a Good Credit Score Isn’t Enough

You’ll need more than excellent credit to get the best terms on a loan

If you thought a great credit score was all you needed to get the best…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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6 Common Lies Debt Collectors Will Tell You

And how to spot them a mile away...plus know the truth about your rights as a consumer

If you’ve ever had to deal with debt collectors, you know that many of them…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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How Not to Get Scammed by Movers

Moving season is around the corner. Be sure follow these tips to protect yourself from movers who mean you harm

Summer is just around the corner, and moving season will soon be in full swing.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Business Credit Cards Might Put Your Personal Credit at Risk

Business never personal, except when it comes to the company credit card as the CARD Act has left small business owners unprotected

The Pew Charitable Trust’s Safe Credit Cards Project recently released a study showing millions of…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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End of the World Checklist: Do You Have Your Financial House in Order?

What will your financial legacy say about you when your world ends?

BlackEnterprise.com’s checklist to prepare to leave behind your financial legacy via estate planning and living…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Pay Your Bills…With a Gift Card

A new way to pay

If you don’t know what to do with those unused gift cards, not to fear.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Black Blogger Month: The Frugalista, Blogging on a Budget

Being frugal pays off for personal finance blogger and author Natalie P. McNeal

Journalist turned finance blogger Natalie P. McNeal specializes in budgeting while still enjoying life’s luxuries.…

By Souleo

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3 Things to Do if You Can’t Pay a Large Tax Bill

Ignoring you tax bill won't help. Fortunately, you have options!

Ignoring you tax bill won’t help. Fortunately, you have options!

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How Badly Do You Want Financial Freedom?

If you talk the talk, but will not walk the walk, I've got news for you: freedom ain't free

Each week, we get e-mails and letters from people who tell us they are determined…

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5 Steps Towards Homeownership

How to get into the house of your dreams without landing yourself in a nightmare of financial trouble

How to get into the house of your dreams without landing yourself in a nightmare…

By Tara-Nicholle Nelson

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Find Out if You Even Have to File 	Ever wonder if you actually need to file a federal income tax return? Well, you may be onto something. Identifying whether or not you need to file will save both you and the government time and money. People can check the Individuals section of the IRS website or use their Interactive Tax Assistant tool to see if they qualify.

4/11: 11 Last Minute Tax Tips

With only a few days left to file, Black Enterprise gives you the 4-1-1 on filing your taxes

With only a few days left to file, Black Enterprise gives you the 4-1-1 on…

By Janel Martinez

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Beware of Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scams

Don’t let the promise of a lower interest rate jeopardize your finances.

Don’t let the promise of a lower interest rate jeopardize your finances.

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How to Avoid Tax Audit Triggers

Make sure the tax man has no reason to come knocking

Make sure the tax man has no reason to come knocking

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Your Financial Records: What to Save, What to Shred and When

If tax season has you rifling through bank statements and canceled checks, these tips will help you know how and when to purge

If tax time has you rifling through old bank statements, credit card bills, canceled checks,…

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Financial Advice You Should Ignore

How to steer clear of faulty financial tips that could cost you

How to steer clear of faulty financial tips that could cost you

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Should Debt Collectors Use Facebook to “Poke” You?

New measures aim to protect consumers from debt collectors abusing social media

Recently, consumers have reported harassement by debt collectors on Facebook and other social media. In…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to be ‘dfree’—Breaking Out of Financial Slavery

Author DeForest Soaries, Jr. lays out a program of deliverance from debt, deficits and delinquencies

How many of us actually see ourselves as slaves to our debts and other financial…

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March 6 to 12 was National Consumer Protection Week, but it's important for you to protect yourself each and every day.  Doing so is key to making sure that your rights as a consumer are not violated and that your safety is preserved. Here are five tips to help you become a more empowered consumer, protect your privacy, manage your finances and detect harmful frauds and scams.

Protect Your Consumer Rights

Preserve your privacy, manage your finances and detect harmful frauds and scams

Preserve your privacy, manage your finances and detect harmful frauds and scams

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Test Your Financial IQ!

Take our quiz to determine how financially savvy you are, and to get tips on how to better manage your money

The financial decisions you make can have a lasting impact on your credit and your…

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4 Circumstances that Qualify You for a Free Credit Report

Knowing the facts will allow you to get the information you need

If you think the only time you can get free credit reports is when you…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Paying for College

College financing has changed since you went to school. In light of the dismal job…

By Robin White Goode

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Marriage and Money: Getting on the Same Page

Lateshia Woodley and Alex Kelly must �balance their contrasting money styles to budget their finances and grow their assets

Lateshia Woodley, 35, and Alex Kelly, 33, of Ellenwood, Georgia, have come a long way.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Volunteer Your Way Out of Student Debt

SponsorChange.org rewards volunteer service with student loan payments

In April 2009, Raymar and Robert Hampshire started SponsorChange.org, a Pittsburgh-based philanthropic organization that helps…

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50 Power Moves to Improve Your Life

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

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How to Navigate Stricter Mortgage Lending Guidelines

Six tips to help you prepare for a home purchase

Now is the ideal time to purchase a home. Interest rates are at historic lows…

By Robin White Goode

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How to Negotiate the Best Deal on a New Car

Arm yourself with the right information and snag a great price

Here’s what you need to know and what you need to do to get the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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4 Tax Law Changes That Will Affect Your Small Business

Before filing for your biz this tax season, be sure to look out for these potential money savers

As tax time draws near, it’s imperative that entrepreneurs be aware of the impact of…

By Alan Hughes

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Rental Payments Will Count Toward Credit History

How paying your rent on-time is a new way to build good credit

If you don’t own a home, have little credit card history, or don’t own a…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Save For a Rainy Day!

Join the America Saves Week Challenge this week and learn how to stash your cash

February 20 through February 27 is America Saves Week. Take on this week’s challenge to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Surprise! The IRS Counts Forgiven Debt As Taxable ‘Income’

Just because your lender cleared you of a debt doesn't mean Uncle Sam will when filing your tax return

Consumers are receiving so-called 1099-c “cancellation of debt” tax notices, informing them that the IRS…

By John Simons

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New Study Shows 62 % Drop in Home Mortgage Approvals to Minorities

When the housing market collapsed, so did the number of home loans to Blacks and Latinos

Together, African-Americans and Hispanics were able to borrow 62 percent less to buy or refinance…

By Kenneth J. Cooper

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According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less than whites of similar incomes over the past decade. As BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr. wrote in a recent Executive Memo: "Make money work for you, not against you. We must reverse this trend by taking a disciplined approach." For the February issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine, I charged our Finance Editor John Simons and our Consumer Affairs Editor Sheiresa Ngo with wwweloping 10 power moves to improve our readers' finances. Follow these tips to better manage your money today an dreap huge benefits tomorrow!--Derek Dingle

10 Power Moves to Help You Better Manage Your Money

Simple steps to help you spend, save and invest smarter

According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less…

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Power Moves: 10 Steps to Build Wealth Now!

Our editors have developed "The Power Issue" to help our readers find ways to advance their business, professional and financial lives

Our editors have developed “The Power Issue” to help our readers find ways to advance…

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What to Do If You’re Contacted about an Expired Debt

The wrong move could wreak havoc on your finances by having you pay for something you didn't have to

In part one of this article, we explained what the statute of limitations is and…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Statute of Limitations on Debt

Make sure you know the rules of how to deal with long-term debt

The statute of limitations. You’ve most likely heard the term before, but you may not…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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New Bank Fees? No Problem. You Can Still Get Free Checking

Look for the loopholes and don't get charged for accessing your own money

You might see a new addition to your checking account in a few weeks. No,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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WATCH: Rev. Jesse Jackson Speaks about Wall Street Project

Black Enterprise Senior VP Alfred Edmond speaks with Jesse Jackson about the economy, Wall Street, and where Black folks fit in

Black Enterprise Senior VP Alfred Edmond speaks with Jesse Jackson about the economy, Wall Street,…

By Elayne Fluker

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4 Things You Might Not Know About Credit

Think you know everything about credit? You might be surprised by these overlooked options

How much do you know about credit? Below are four things you might not be…

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Sure, the holidays were a lot of fun. You ate great food, spent time with family, and you gave and received some fabulous gifts. Fast forward a few weeks to mid-January. You just got your credit card statement from December and it's not pretty. Although the season was grand, your bank account is looking quite anemic. All that giving and celebrating caused your finances to take a major hit. Here are five tips on how to recover from your holiday debt hangover. —By Sheiresa Ngo

How to Survive the Holiday Debt Hangover

Spreading holiday cheer last year may have spread your pockets too thin this year. Here are 5 tips to stay out of the red.

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6) The rich versus the wealthy: Chris Rock says there's a big difference between rich and wealthy. (Remember? “If Bill Gates woke up with Oprah’s money he’d jump out a [bleeping] window.”) Maybe not; but White believes the true definition is when you no longer have to work for your money; instead your money works for you, your children, your grandchildren... "If you can invest and have your money yield whatever the prevailing interest rate is on that amount at the time, say 3%, and you can live off that interest, you're on your way to being wealthy.”

4/11: 11 Ways to Get Your Money Right for the New Year

Time to get serious about your money matters. Here's how!

</a>With 2010 logged into the history books, it’s time to look forward to the future…

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The holiday shopping season is over and the New Year has begun. Reaching your financial goals starts with getting a clear picture of where you are today. Guessing and estimating will not do; you need to know exactly where you stand financially, to the dollar if not to the penny, not in your head, but on paper (even better, on computer). To increase your wealth by December 31, 2011, here's what you need to do NOW. --Alfred Edmond Jr.

5 Steps to a Richer 2011

Reaching your financial goals starts with getting a clear picture of where you are. Here's what to do NOW!

The holiday shopping season is over and the New Year has begun. Reaching your financial…

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Your 2011 Debt Crisis Guide

If you're deep in debt and you've run out of options, use this guide as part of your plan of attack

It’s a New Year and time to make good on promises to order your finances.…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Taking Control

Kyla Acie knows how to save, but she needs to set investment goals for retirement and her child�s education

Investing for long-term goals is important to Acie. Many African Americans, regardless of age or…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Your Get-out-of-Debt Checklist

Celebrate the New Year by resolving to attack debt with these simple steps

A new year is almost upon us. If you’re struggling with a mountain of debt,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Opinion: Student Loans Should NOT Be Discharged in Bankruptcy

Students in financial trouble do deserve a break. But bankruptcy is not the answer

The last thing a young person needs on their credit report coming out of college…

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Opinion: All Student Loans Should Be Discharged in Bankruptcy

Students in financial trouble deserve a break.

For many of you, student loans were a necessary evil that have remained a thorn…

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Middle age. In your 40s and 50s, retirement should be top of mind now more than ever. Make sure that you’re taking full advantage of your company’s retirement plan. Contribute at least enough to receive the full match. Also make sure that you haven’t underestimated your time horizon. You don’t want to run out of money too soon.

Smart Money Moves for Every Stage of Life

You're never too young to start planning for your financial future

No matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s never to early–or late–to begin managing…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Is Your Spouse Guilty of Financial Infidelity?

Take this quiz and find out

Financial infidelity is one of the top reasons for divorce. Many couples lie about their…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Chase Waives Foreign Transaction Fees

Planning a trip overseas? You might want to take one of these cards with you

If you have a specialty credit card with Chase and you’re a frequent overseas traveler,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Credit Reporting Myths Exposed

Know how your report can affect your financial future

Your credit report and score can hold the key to your financial future. One mistake…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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4 Credit Reporting Myths and Realities

Arm yourself with the right information

If you plan to make a big purchase in the near future, it’s important to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Eating out. Those $5 foot longs, dollar menu meals, and $4 lunch specials at the Chinese restaurant might be cheap and quick, but it adds up over time. Start cooking at home and put what you would have spent on meals into your savings account.

8 Vices That Will Derail Your Budget

Most of the time, behaving badly will trash your cash

Most of the time, behaving badly will trash your cash

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How to be Frugal AND Fabulous

Author Natalie P. McNeal tells you how to save money without sacrificing your lifestyle

Being frugal doesn’t have to be painful. Finding ways to save money can be fun…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Achieve Your Financial Freedom

Author and finance expert Ryan Mack gives tips on breaking free from financial burdens

In his new book, Living in the Village: Build Your Financial Future and Strengthen Your…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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What the FICO? Five Things to Avoid While Fixing Your Credit

How to get your credit back on track

There’s another word that’s been making its way to the top of the list and…

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Help! I’m Desperate to Get Rid of Debt!

I really want to get out of student loan debt. I’ve been paying on my…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Money Management

Avoid these blunders to save your finances.

Avoid these blunders to save your finances.

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Counterpoint: Making the Case Against Money Disorders

Why your poor relationship with money may be deeper than you think

The dysfunctional relationship between some people and their money is not a money disorder. Instead,…

By Renita Burns

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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.

6 Financial Deadbeats to Avoid

Make sure you don't turn into one

Make sure you don’t turn into one

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Soledad O’Brien on Why Some Black Families Struggle Financially

CNN's 'Black in America: Almighty Debt' host sheds light on the origin of our financial woes

“The impact of decades of slavery, Jim Crow and unfair hiring practices are still…

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Do Money Disorders Exist?

What it means to have a dysfunctional relationship with money

During one of our daily meetings, I brought up the topic of money disorders and…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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‘Black in America’ Shows One Pastor’s Determination to End Debt

Pastor DeForest Soaries installed a four-step wealth building program at his NJ church

Pastor Soaries says debt is equivalent to a kind of slavery
It all started seven years…

By Tomika Anderson

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Could You Have a Money Disorder?

If money controls you, the reason could be deeper than a lack of willpower.

The act of shopping and spending money is a normal activity that we all in…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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What You Should Know Before Settling Credit Card Debt

Be aware of risks before hiring a company to handle negotiations

Many consumers have come to see debt settlement as a quick fix when they’re in…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Watch: CNN Tackles Almighty Debt on ‘Black in America’

Host Soledad O�Brien talks to Black Enterprise editors about our community�s struggles with debt management

Soledad O’Brien takes a look at “almighty debt,” its effect on the Black community and…

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Dysfunctional spending habits could eventually blow up in your face

Four Behaviors That Could Destroy Your Finances

What you don't know about your spending habits can hurt you

Each one of us has a certain “money personality” that drives our financial behavior. And…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Kicking Bad Money Habits

The Martins must come to an agreement on their financial priorities and change their spending habits to eliminate a mountain of debt

While on their honeymoon 12 years ago, Tamela and Omar Martin mapped out their lives…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Tools to Curb Holiday Spending

Getting a jump on holiday plans? Here are three resources to get you through the season

Along with browsing for gifts and holiday party wear, you may want to peruse these…

By Renita Burns

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Lil Wayne’s Young Money to Debut Prepaid Credit Card

We tell you why having one may cost you more than you think

But I will dive into why prepaid cards can be hazardous to your financial health.…

By Renita Burns

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Economista: 5 Strategies for Getting College Scholarships

Don't apply for scholarships without following these steps

It pays to be strategic with how you look for college financing. Check out these…

By Renita Burns

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Love & Money: Managing Debt as a Couple

Your guide to managing matters of finance and romance

Debt is never pleasant, but when you’re in a relationship and you share the bills,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Attacking Student Loan Debt

Bryan Mitchell pledges to eliminate his $120,000 college debt

Mitchell’s debt is a combination of money he used for UNH’s tuition and fees,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Money Expert Q&A: How to Have Perfect Credit

Anyone can have great credit. Read on and find out how.

In personal finance expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox’s latest book, Perfect Credit: 7 Steps to a Great…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Dealing With Debt: 12 Signs That It’s Time to Get Help

Everything you need to know to tame your debt and keep it under control

If you’re like most people, you probably have debt. From student loan debt to credit…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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What To Do About An Underwater Mortgage

Should you maintain or bail?

Thirty-five percent of African American homeowners in the U.S. are currently underwater. If the home…

By John Simons

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Economista: Why Micro-lenders Will Replace Sallie Mae

Social lending becomes an alternative to private student loan giants

There seems to be a new trend taking root when it comes to college financing.…

By Renita Burns

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Managing Credit: How to Prove You’re Not Dead

Your guide to building and protecting your credit

It’s time to replace your car, so you shop around for the best deal, pick…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Money Expert Q&A: When Stores Cancel Your Line of Credit

Answers for your personal financial-related questions and concerns

I got a letter in the mail that my credit card account for an electronics…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Dealing With Debt: 5 Reasons You’re Headed for Financial Ruin

Everything you need to know to tame your debt and keep it under control

Check out these five financial blunders that will lead you to ruin.

By Renita Burns

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Managing Credit: Keeping Students Out of Credit Trouble

Resources and expert strategies to help you boost, manage and protect your credit history

The final components of the White House’s “CARD Act” took effect last Wednesday. Major portions…

By Renita Burns

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Life After Death

Jannis Briggs Milhouse must adjust her financial outlook after losing her spouse

A death in the family is always emotionally demanding, but it can have lasting effects…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Dealing With Debt: What to Do When Creditors Attach

Everything you need to know to tame your debt and keep it under control

Here’s what you need to know if you are being sued by a creditor of…

By Renita Burns

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Managing Credit: 4 Ways Bad Credit Can Hurt Your Career

Resources and expert strategies to help you boost, manage and protect your credit history

You’re all suited up and ready for a job interview with your dream company. The…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Black Enterprise Wealth For Life Principles

Step-by-step guidelines to responsible saving, investing, and spending to build wealth and pass it on to future generations

The 10 Black Enterprise Wealth for Life principles are meant to serve as a step-by-step…

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Using Wealth For Life As A Way of Life

We asked; you answered: Our poll reveals respondents embrace debt reduction, savings

Our results are in! Last week, we asked how you’d spend $2,000 if selected as…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Kids & Money: Paying for College and The Myth of Financial Independence

Money lessons we need to teach to our kids from K-12

Whether you have a child that’s prepping for college or your young one has finally…

By Renita Burns

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Managing Credit: Understanding Your Utilization Ratio

Your guide to understanding and managing your credit.

Creditors use a calculation called a credit utilization ratio, which makes up 30% of your…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Dealing With Debt: More Ways to Finance Your Education

Everything you need to know to tame your debt and keep it under control

More options for managing student loan debt.

By Renita Burns

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POLL: What Would You Do If B.E. Gave You $2,000?

Enter our Financial Fitness Contest and you may have to make that decision. Tell us how you'd use the cash prize.

For a decade, Black Enterprise has awarded scores of our readers $2000 to kick-start their…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Economista: How to Pay for Grad School

A money guide for 20-somethings

While some students are fortunate enough to attend grad school for free through various programs,…

By Renita Burns

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Managing Credit: 3 Ways Overdraft Fees Will Still Haunt You

Your guide to building and protecting your credit

Starting Thursday, banks must ask existing customers to “opt-in” for overdraft protection instead of charging…

By Renita Burns

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Why Black Enterprise Gave Away A Quarter Million Dollars

We've awarded $250,000--and counting--through our Financial Fitness Contest. Enter now and choose Wealth for Life!

As editor-in-chief of BLACK ENTERPRISE, one of the perks of my job is giving our…

By Derek T. Dingle

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What Does Financial Reform Have To Do With Me?

Plenty. Here's a quick breakdown the parts of the bill that affect you.

After more than 8 million jobs were lost and hundreds of banks closed, financial reforms…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Eyes on the Prize

April McLemore wants to �retire by age 55. But will she have enough money saved in 16 years to live �comfortably?

Friends and family aren’t likely to find April McLemore shopping in stores such as Nordstrom…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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10 Questions to Ask a Debt Settlement Company

Understand what you�re getting into

Debt settlement might seem like an easy out, but there are many risks involved. Learn…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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What You Should Know Before Settling Credit Card Debt

Be mindful of the pros and cons of consulting a service

If you’re up to your eyeballs in debt and can’t see the light at the…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Free Ways to Monitor Your Credit

Keeping your credit in tip-top shape doesn�t have to cost a thing

After seeing ads on television, you might be tempted to sign up for credit monitoring.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Ask Your Advocate: Can I Be Taxed On a Canceled Debt?

The IRS has a few stipulations

I had a portion of my debt canceled after working out a debt settlement. A…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Investing In Education

Dwayne Thomas is �getting his finances in order for life after law school

Dwayne Thomas learned all about the stock and bond markets as a finance major at…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Get Ready for Changes to Your Debit Card

You can say buh-bye to those pesky overdraft fees, but you'll have to really watch your balance

As of July 1, new changes are coming to debit card overdraft fees. The Federal…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Ask Your Advocate: Charge, Credit, Debit—What’s The Diff?

They're all plastic, but the features are not the same

I recently got an offer in the mail for a charge card. How is this…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Who Should Have Your Social Security Number?

Protect one of your most valuable pieces of information

Last July, Harrine Freeman was at a gas station when thieves busted her car window…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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African American Wealth Gap Quadruples

High-income blacks have less wealth than middle-class whites

The wealth gap between white and African-American families has increased more than four times between…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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BE Launches New Women of Power Website

We can hardly wait for the Women of Power Summit in March, and judging by all…

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