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What to Do if You Make a Mistake on Your Taxes

You can make changes by filing an amended tax return

You can use Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to correct errors

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Better Business Bureau Warns Consumers of Fake USPS Emails

Your passwords, usernames, and financial information could become vulnerable

Chuck McGann,United States Postal Service Corporate Information Security Officer, offers these tips on how to…

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How to Apply a Tax Filing Extension

The extension only extends the due date for the paperwork--not for the money you owe.

Just in case you didn’t know—your taxes were due yesterday.  If you just didn’t get around to…

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Fake Credit Unions Steal Millions from Consumers

According to the complaint, it is alleged that Coughlin and Oxford International Credit Union collected more than $12.8 million dollars in deposits from more than 5,000 investors

From 2007 to 2009

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Social Security Stops Collecting on Old Taxpayer Debts

There is good news for those who owe outstanding tax debts. The Social Security Administration…

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How to Deal With a Financial Crisis

There are many successful people who had to start from scratch after a financial meltdown

Financial crisis does not, however, have to be the end of your world

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Harlem Tenants Fight Landlord Who Allegedly Won’t Make Repairs

What should you do if you're in a situation where your apartment really needs repairs, and you're not getting cooperation?

These Harlem tenants aren’t happy with their landlord

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How to Qualify for the FHA Back to Work Program

The program has been extended through Sept. 30, 2016

That all changed with the FHA Back to Work Program, which lets homebuyers make a…

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Black Women in the Last 50 Years: How Far Have We Progressed?

Mixed reviews on progress made over past five decades

Black women make up the most dynamic segment of the Rising American Electorate

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tax tips

What to Do if You Can’t Pay Your Tax Bill

Don't ignore your tax bill

An installment agreement allows you to pay a debt over a period of time

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Federal Housing Official: ‘There’s Help Available for Struggling Homeowners’

Government programs are out there to assist with mortgages

The HARP Program is the government refinance program for borrowers who are current, but underwater

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5 Tips for Talking to Your Spouse About Finances

It's a conversation that must take place and should be carefully worded

It is important to know how much money is coming into and going out…

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New Tax Tool Helps LGBT Couples With Filings To Avoid Costly Mistakes

Online resource offers state-by-state guidance

Tax law remains one of the most complex and nuanced issues impacting the LGBT community

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Do Age, Gender and Marital Status Matter When it Comes to Car Insurance Payments?

A new insuranceQuotes.com report has the answer

All drivers can pay less for car insurance, regardless of their gender, age or marital…

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How Can You Spend 1 Penny to Get Wal-Mart Workers off Food Stamps?

The Marketplace report says Walmart workers cost the government roughly $300 million a year in food-stamp costs

Would you pay extra to affect this social change?

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Maryland Passes Minimum Wage Raise, Raised to Over $10.00

In addition to tying the federal minimum wage to inflation, Congressional Democrats want to see an increase in the federal tipped minimum wage (it has been $2.13 since 1991)

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill that gradually will raise the state’s minimum…

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Wells Fargo Introduces Interactive Tool for Parents and College Students

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If you’re a parent or student preparing for college, Wells Fargo has a…

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Toyota Recalls 6.39 Million Cars

Toyota says it is recalling 6.39 million cars worldwide due to five defects. Out…

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Tax Deadline Approaching! Here Are Some Last-Minute Tax Tips

Don't make these common errors on your forms

The Internal Revenue Service says it’s important to double-check your tax returns to make sure…

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

U.S. Creates 192,000 Jobs in March

How is your job search going?

One significant turn of events is that private employers have regained all the jobs that…

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Alabama Restricts Welfare, Requires Drug Testing for Applicants

The state passes four bills that can put serious limitations on applicants

The four bills are awaiting the signature of Gov. Robert J. Bentley

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Love and Money: Should You File a Joint Tax Return?

When you choose married filing separately, you and your spouse file two separate tax returns instead of one joint return

Here’s some information to help you decide

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Financial Literacy Month: Five Tips for Financial Well-Being

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Are you financially well? If you’re not, don’t feel bad. There are plenty of…

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3 Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Money

Does your child understand the basics of money?

It is very tempting to give children allowances, but this does not teach them that…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Consumer Confidence

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported last week that consumer spending and income was on the rise in February

Despite all this good news, the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters assert that consumer…

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Results of the 2014 NFCC Financial Literacy Survey

Each year, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling conducts a financial literacy survey.
This year’s survey…

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How You Can Celebrate Financial Literacy Month

Learn a lot about financial terms and how to handle your money

There are plenty of free financial literacy tools you can take advantage of

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4 Ways To Boost Your Money IQ For Financial Literacy Month

A simple regimen to help you commit—or recommit—to your financial education.

Boost your IQ with these proven steps

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What You Should Know Before Investing in Municipal Bonds

When considering investing money in municipal bonds, you will want to know what you are…

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What Young Adults Think of the Affordable Care Act

The Black Youth Project conducted a survey to find out how American youth feel about…

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What Business Owners Should Know about the Affordable Care Act

Know the difference between being self-employed and an employer. Before applying for coverage, know that…

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What Consumers Should Know about the Affordable Care Act

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Today is the last day to enroll for affordable health care through the market…

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4 Interesting Credit Facts

Here are a few things you might not know about credit cards:
1. You can…

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Fandango and Credit Karma Settle FTC Charges of Consumer Deception

Both Fandango and Credit Karma settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they misrepresented the security…

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Consumer Spending and Personal Income Rise

There is more good news for consumers this month.
Personal income increased $47.7 billion, or 0.3%,…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Stress Test

Citigroup Inc.’s capital plan was among five that failed Federal Reserve stress test. Also known…

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Would You Use a Cardless Mobile ATM?

Would you feel safe doing this?

The ATM will require members of its credit union to download its mobile wallet and…

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Minor Violations Can Cause Car Insurance Costs to Spike

Be careful on the road or your bank account could crash

A violation for driving under the influence (DUI) is the most expensive to your car…

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BlackBerry, Red Lobster, and Four Other Big Brands That Could Go Out of Business

Six companies in dire need of reshaping their business models

Did you ever think these brands would close their doors?

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Have a Bad Credit Score? Here’s 4 Ways to Increase It

What is your current credit score?

After struggling for years with credit issues, you’ve put a plan in place to develop…

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Consumers Allowed More Time for Health Care Enrollment

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If you think you might not be able to meet the March 31 deadline…

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tax tips

How To Blow The Whistle On A Tax Cheat

Do you know anyone trying to get by on Uncle Sam?

If you know someone who is cheating the Internal Revenue Service, you could be in…

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Howard University Professor Gives Tips on Handling Economic Stress in New Book

Author Robert M. Brown III talks about managing the emotional impact of money trouble

Have you ever dealt with a lot of stress?

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American Workers Still Struggling to Save for Retirement

TIAA-CREF survey shows significant savings gap

The TIAA-CREF Lifetime Income Survey found that 65% of Americans are saving 10% or less…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Frugal Fatigue

Are you tired of being frugal and want to spend a little?

Frugal fatigue happens when consumers get tired of pinching pennies and delaying gratification

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Lost Control of Your Finances? Here’s 5 Ways to Get Back on Track

Have you been terrible with handling money?

Everyone struggles with money at some point in their lives

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Ponzi Scheme [Video]

Bernie Madoff made this word as famous as it has ever been

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission defines a Ponzi scheme as an investment fraud

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Are You an Unemployed College Grad? Here’s How to Manage Your Money

Were you unemployed after graduating school? Do you know of anyone who is?

Several factors are affecting the job market: the unstable economy, outsourcing, and baby boomers delaying…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Identity Theft [Video]

Have you ever been the victim of identity theft?

Identity theft can be committed in several ways

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Identity Theft Listed as Top FTC Consumer Complain in 2013

Fraud and identity theft combined for almost 70% of complaints last year

More than half of the complaints were fraud based

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Tax Filing Extension

Your daily money bite

You can get an automatic six-month extension

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Didn’t File Your Taxes in 2010? You Can Now!

Procrastinators have a second chance

The IRS actually has good, not bad news for you

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Cash Mobs Support Small Businesses

Tennessee Ranks No 1 With Highest State-Local Sales Tax, Hurting Local Businesses

Higher taxes drive consumers to shop online, says report

Arkansas has the second highest state-local sales tax rate of all 50 states at 9.19%

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Prepaid Card [Video]

Your daily money bite

In light of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent push to update disclosures for prepaid…

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Pensions: Should You Take a Lump Sum or Monthly Payout?

Make sure to choose wisely

If you’re ever in a position where you’re offered to take your pension as either…

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Update Prepaid Card Disclosures

It will be easier to understand fees

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced yesterday that it is working on new disclosures that…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Rally [Video]

Your daily money bite

A recent Marketwatch article discusses the stock market’s curious response to last weekend’s political news.…

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3 Tax Audit Triggers To Avoid

Tax season is a stressful time of year. Being audited by the Internal Revenue Service…

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Be honest in your financial dealings. “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.”     —Proverbs 13:11

Watch Out for Malaysia Airline Scams on Facebook

Don't fall for scammers' tricks

If you see a post in your Facebook feed with a video claiming the…

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<ul> 	<li><strong>Salary is inadequate:</strong></li> </ul> <strong> </strong>If you’re barely making ends meet when it comes to your bills, debt payments or providing for your family, then either you’re not budgeting correctly or your salary is too low.  If it’s the latter, Price suggests that you seek another job.  “If you don’t feel like you’re being compensated enough to handle living arrangements then something has to change,” he says.  “If you can look for another job that pays more then by all means go and pursue that.”

Are You Living Paycheck to Paycheck? [Infographic]

If you’re barely making ends meet when it comes to your bills, debt payments or…

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Tax Tip: Paying for Medical and Dental Expenses [Video]

Did you spend a large amount of your income on medical and dental expenses last…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Adjustable-Rate Mortgage

Your daily money bite

Adjustable-rate mortgages are making a comeback. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal says…

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identity theft

Tax-Time Identity Theft: The IRS Tells You What to Do [Video]

Here's an action plan if your personal information is at risk

If you believe that you’re the victim of one of the IRS “dirty dozen” tax…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: FINRA

Your daily money bite

Word of the day: FINRA
FINRA, which stands for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is a regulatory…

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File Electronically 	Last year alone, 99 million people—70 percent of all individual taxpayers—used IRS e-file to electronically transmit their tax returns, according to the government agency. With electronic filing, you can literally submit your taxes up until the very last second without penalty. E-filing is an easy and cost-effective method to filing your taxes. Plus, it does the math for you. If you’re concerned about not knowing all the credits you qualify for, remember, most software programs have step-by-step instructions, which increases accuracy and the possibility of receiving a larger refund. Those with an adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less may be able to use the IRS’s Free File option, where taxpayers use online software donated by TurboTax and other tax agencies.

What to Do If Someone Else Gets Your Tax Forms

A plan for dealing with tax trouble

Tax season can be a stressful time of year. You certainly don’t want to…

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7 Tax Tips for Your Home-Based Business

These strategies can benefit your small businesses

Home-based businesses, start-ups and solopreneurs are often serial late filers and miss out on maximizing…

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3. Do seek "trade credit" from vendors and suppliers. 

Too many entrepreneurs dream of going to a bank and getting a business loan or line of credit for their enterprise. But maybe you don’t need a traditional bank loan at all to launch or grow your business. 

If you can get your vendors and suppliers to agree to provide you with trade credit---i.e., the ability to pay for goods and services over time---you can creatively and more frugally run your operations.

4 Things You Should Know About Bartering

Learn the rules so you can stay out of trouble with the IRS

Bartering can help you save money. However, it's important to be aware of the tax…

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Florida Tech to Host Webinar on Supply Chain Risk Management

How to Invest in Emerging Markets [Infographic]

If you’ve considered investing in an emerging market, you may not know how to get…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Uniform Transfer to Minors Act

Your daily money bite

Word of the day: Uniform Transfer to Minors Act
If you are a parent or grandparent,…

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You Could Win Mega Millions And Still End Up Broke

Another huge jackpot has us thinking: If I could just hit the lottery, I'd be set for life. Or would you?

If you could just hit the lottery, you’d be set for life. Or would you?…

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Charity Impersonation Listed as One of the IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams

Don't donate blindly

Each year, the IRS releases its list of “dirty dozen” tax scams to watch out…

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An Analysis of Money Laundering [Infographic]

Don't even think about taking dirty money

Chances are you’ve heard of money laundering, but do you really know what it is…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Average Daily Balance

Your daily money bite

Word of the day: Average daily balance
The average daily balance is the average balance on…

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Website Mistakes that Cost You Money [Infographic]

Don't make these blunders

If you’ve been trying to cut corners when it comes to your business website, you…

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tax tips

Inflated Refunds Listed as One of the IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams

Don’t trust a tax preparer who makes outrageous promises

Each year, the IRS releases its list of “dirty dozen” tax scams to watch out…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Mid-Cap Fund

Your daily money bite

Word of the day: Mid-cap fund
A mid-cap fund is a type of stock fund that…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Credit Utilization Ratio

Your daily money bite.

Word of the day: Credit utilization ratio
Creditors use a calculation called a credit utilization ratio,…

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Don’t Get Hustled In Your Search for a Good Side-Hustle

Looking for a free, easy, fast way to get money? Then scam artists and other predators are looking for YOU

Know the signs of a bogus business or work-at-home opportunity

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A New FICO Scoring Model is Coming Your Way

The credit-scoring leader announces updates

FICO announced recently that the newest credit scoring model is coming soon. Known as FICO…

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The Anatomy of a Credit Card Payment [Infographic]

A step-by-step guide

Have you ever wondered exactly what happens when you swipe your credit card? Well, a…

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Find a Real Estate Deal in the Next Hot ‘Hood

It's all about up-and-coming locations when it comes to finding affordable homes that will appreciate

Jamella Swift, an associate broker at Keller Williams NYC, gives advice on buying and selling…

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A Brief History of Taxes [Infographic]

Fun tax facts

It’s almost that time again. Tax day is just around the corner. In honor of…

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Track Your Tax Refund [Video]

Find your money

If you’ve recently filed your tax forms, you’re probably wondering when you’ll receive your refund.…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Tax Avoidance Transaction

Your daily money bite

Tax season is upon us

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EY offers global mentoring opportunity to entrepreneurs

The Case for Investing in Global Fixed Income

Vanguard researchers explain why this asset class should have a place in your portfolio

However, many U.S. investors are not investing in these securities

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Meeting of Creditors

Your daily money bite

Even though it’s called a meeting of creditors, the creditors rarely attend

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An Asset Allocation Guide [Infographic]

Don't put all your eggs in one basket

What does asset allocation mean?

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How to Change Your Bad Money Habits [Infographic]

You don't have to let routine ruin your finances

How will you improve?

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Phone Fraud Listed as One of the IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams

Is your phone ringing? It could be a scammer on the line

Have you ever been scammed?

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Accelerated Depreciation

Your daily money bite

It is legal to depreciate the cost at a rate faster than would be allowed…

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The Cost of Raising a Child Continues to Rise

Buy a Bentley? Or have a baby? The Bentley could be cheaper

Raising children is more expensive than you think

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National Consumer Protection Week Starts Now [Infographic]

This week is National Consumer Protection Week (March 2 to 8)

What will you be doing this week?

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2. Reduce debt

Consumer Reports has found that in late 2011, 14 million Americans were still paying off their holiday bills from 2010. If you haven't been able to get out of credit card debt on your own, try boosting your financial fitness by joining a free financial boot camp offered online like MyMoneyCircles.com. This practical, step-by-step program, which I help lead with a team of experts, will help you reduce debt, figure out how to save money and reach a host of financial goals, including all of the financial New Year’s resolutions on this list.

Personal Finance Word of the Day: Amortization

Your daily money bite

Have you ever done this?

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WhatsApp Sales Means Major Payday for Employees

Employees to receive close to 1% share of company

One of the major headlines following the announcement of the purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook…

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Personal Income Slightly Rises in January

Private wages and salaries increased $14.8 billion, amongst other areas

Government wages and salaries increased $0.6 billion, compared with an increase of $1.3 billion in…

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Black Enterprise Financial All-Star: Sonya Smith-Valentine

Advice from Black Enterprise's top experts

Learn how to manage your credit

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Should You Do a Crowdfunding Campaign?

Where to Go to Crowdfund Your College Tuition

Students think like entrepreneurs to meet school expenses

The average cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at a private, nonprofit, four-year…

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Black Enterprise Financial All-Star: Michelle Oliver

Advice from Black Enterprise's top experts

Life insurance purchases are important

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America Saves Week: Where Does Your Money Go? [Infographic]

Are you saving enough?

Does your pocket seem to always have a hole in it?

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America Saves Week: “Why You Should Save”

Your saving habits could have life-long consequences

Save now for a rainy day

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Wells Fargo and NeighborWorks America Offer Down Payment Assistance

Low-to-middle-income consumers get the help they need

Help for homeowners is on the way

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Black Enterprise Financial All-Star: Dwight Raiford

Advice from Black Enterprise's top experts

Have you begun to plan for retirement?

By Sheiresa Ngo

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America Saves Week: Play the Savings Game

Test your savings skills with this educational game

How did you do?

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The Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange filed for bankruptcy after losing $473 million in bitcoins.

Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Shuts Down, Leaves Investors Penniless

The company's Twitter feed, like its website, has also been scrubbed

The world’s largest bitcoin trading company, Mt. Gox, has gone offline amid allegations of theft…

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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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Infographic: Two-Income Households Struggle More Than Single Income Ones?

Two incomes aren't necessarily better

Research shows two incomes aren’t necessarily better

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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…

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How to Choose the Right Tax Filing Status

Picking the correct status will keep cash in your pocket

This status normally applies if you are not married

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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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Love and Money: Dealing with Financial Crisis While in Love

What to do when money woes hit close to home

Now is the time to stick together and work out an action plan

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Love doesn't have to put a damper on your finances.

Love and Money: A Look at Valentine’s Day Shopping Behavior [Infographic]

Women focus on saving money, while men pay more for gifts

Take a look at some fun love and money statistics

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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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8 Ways to Fight Drip Pricing

Here’s what you need to do to protect yourself

Check your credit card statements for additional fees

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8. Barter services. If you have a friend who’s a genius when it comes to accounting, or you know someone who is an amazing artist, barter with them for their services. The more you can get for free, the faster you can grow your business. You don’t need big time capital (unless you’re building the next Facebook).Most business ,like my own, start from nothing. I had a word processor and my parents’ phone line. I bartered a lot early on, and as a result, I own 100% of my business today.

New Trading Service for Consumers

Website allows trading of goods and services through your social network

Igobono is a marketplace that helps members of a social network learn what their friends…

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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

By Sheiresa Ngo

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What to Look for in an IPO

Earnings, cash flow and revenue growth are the most important criteria

IPOs provide a rare chance to peek into a private company’s financials (as required by…

By Alan Hughes

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Ruben J. King-Shaw Jr., Reveals the ‘Excellent Opportunities’ in Domestic Healthcare

Aging demographics expected to continue fueling growth

Demographics are a powerful driver of growth in healthcare expenditures

By Alan Hughes

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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

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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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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL THE SAME:  Stay with in-season flowers. This may seem like a no-brainer but many brides get stuck on having popular peonies or calla lilies before they set a date and then become too stubborn to change. Be smart and flexible. Source flowers with wholesalers and farmers’ markets in your city or even on the Web, FiftyFlowers.com is a good place to start.

5 Things You Should Know about Postnuptial Agreements

Make plans for after you say "I do"

Even if you’re in a relationship that you think will last forever, things can change

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Divorce and Your Finances: The Basics

As with marriage, divorce is a major life-transition that requires financial planning

No one likes to plan for divorce, especially married people

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Absorption Rate

Your daily money bite

The final result will show how many months it will take to deplete the market’s…

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3 Retirement Killers: Protect Yourself Now or Regret it Later

The odds are better than ever that you'll live long enough to regret not planning for retirement

If you haven’t started saving for retirement, you need to start today

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Financial Infidelity

Your daily money bite

Have you been financially unfaithful?

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IRS Unveils Updated Smartphone App ‘IRS2GO’

Get the latest tax information on the go

Find the tax information you need in a breeze

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SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE BY TEACHING You've accumulated a lifetime of real-world work experience and general life experiences. Why not share your expertise with the world by becoming a teacher? A part-time teaching job or instructor position could help you bring in a steady paycheck during your golden years or amid a period of semi-retirement. Teaching is also a great way to keep your mind stimulated and help you connect with others. By contributing to young people's development, you'll make a difference in the world beyond your own life. You may not get rich teaching part-time; but you will enjoy a richer life.

Personal Finance Word of the Day: myRA

Your daily money bite

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: COB Fraud

Have you ever been a victim?

Do you know what this is?

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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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Shred, don’t toss, important papers.  Any sensitive documents that won’t be going with you should be shred, not just thrown into a trashcan. Identity thieves often go “dumpster diving” to find information or get paperwork they can use to illegally open accounts in your name.

Personal Finance Word of the Day: Data Breach

Your daily money bite

A data breach does not have to be digital

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Consumers Show Gains in Personal Income

Small improvements take place

Consumers demonstrate small improvements when it comes to personal income

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Bank President Talks Importance of Black Money Management

OneUnited Bank recently launched the “Comeback Card” to support the financial comeback many are experiencing in America by helping to build and rebuild credit

What other black banks do you know of?

By Kimberly Wilson

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IRS Makes Changes to Their Service Options

The IRS gets less personal

Changes affect areas such as tax return preparation and tax refund status

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Tips for Keeping Shopping Under Control

Regain control over your cash

Close your wallet

By Sheiresa Ngo

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US Lagging Behind Globally in Improving Credit Card Security

Merchants prepare for cards with embedded chips that make it harder for thieves to steal personal information

Small business owners may want to prepare for and embrace the change

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Life Insurance 101: The Dos and Dont’s of Buying Life Insurance

Learn about the different types of life insurance

There are different types of permanent life insurance. All of them have a death benefit,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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U.S. Workers Lose Hope for Higher Wages and Job Security

Don't hold your breath when it comes to improvements on the job

Have you gotten a raise lately or feel insecure about your job status?

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Financial Lessons From Season Six of Real Housewives of Atlanta

Here are a few financial takeaways from Real Housewives of Atlanta

The Real Housewives of Atlanta are half way through their sixth season

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10 Dumb Things We Do With Our Money

We need to unlearn bad habits, not just learn the right financial moves to make

As important as learning what to do with money is knowing what not to do

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Rapper Flo-Rida Owes Over a Million in Taxes

A lien has been put on his property by the federal government for the unpaid fees

Tax season isn’t always a good time of year for people

By Sasha King

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Apple Inc. to Pay More Than $32 Million in Refunds

Billing practices to change

Parents were unaware of charges

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Number of People seeking Unemployment drops to 2008 levels

Jobless Claims Dip to Pre-Thanksgiving Levels

U.S. applications for benefits show a decline

Initial jobless claims went down by 2,000 to 326,000 in the week ending Jan. 11.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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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3 Habits For Better Money Outcomes in 2014

Make sure your money is right or else everything in your life will go wrong

Commit to good habits, not just desired outcomes

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Cool Jobs: Television Executive Micheline Bowman Balances Career and Side Hustle

Fox News’ Micheline Bowman has more than 15 years experience in television and has a…

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Women of Power: 10 Black Industry Leaders in Television and Film

Though the representation of women of color on TV and in film is still lagging…

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