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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

Description of new retirement account

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

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

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Tips for Keeping Shopping Under Control

Regain control over your cash

Close your wallet

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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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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?

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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

By Sasha King

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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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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

By Sheiresa Ngo

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4 Reasons to Ditch Department Store Cards Right Now

Don’t let the promise of rewards points keep you in debt

Why department store cards are a dead end

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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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Swap your gift cards and get things you'll actually want.

How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Gift Card

Don’t panic if your gift card goes missing

If you can prove you purchased a gift card, or received one as a present,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Tips on Overcoming and Surviving a Financial Crisis

The best time to overcome a financial crisis is before there is one

Karl Hardesty, CEO of Hardesty LLC, offers tips for overcoming a financial crisis and avoiding…

By C. Daniel Baker

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ATM Fraud Explosion Might be Looming

Experts say fraudsters could be set to target ATMs

Skilled criminals are able to attach a skimmer to an ATM in less than a…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The type of plastic you use matters

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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Black Enterprise’s Financial Fitness Contest Recap: Lachelle Metcalf Talks 1 Year Later

A look back at 2012 contest winners

Metcalf has made moves toward her financial goals

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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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The Lowdown on Investment Rewards Credit Cards

Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision

Investment rewards credit cards are touted as a savings tool

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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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

The FTC has redesigned its online Complaint Assistant

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Is Mixing Business and Pleasure Worth the Risk?

Workplace love can be magical--or a complete disaster

It’s up to two responsible adults to make wise decisions so they don’t jeopardize their…

By Kenny Pugh

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Personal Income and Savings Rate Dip, Report Says

Consumers show slight declines

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports a slight drop in savings and income

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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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Bank of America Aims to Improve Financial Literacy with Campaign

Small, simple steps can build money smarts

Many Americans are still not confident when it comes to some aspects of money management

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5 Reasons To Get Real With Your Holiday Spending

It's okay to believe in Santa Claus, as long as you never forget that he won't be paying your bills

Reminders to avoid financial choices that detract from the true spirit of the season

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Are You Financially Dependent On Your Spouse?

What happens when a relationship ends and financial stability is lost?

Whether you are a house wife or a house husband there can be certain risks…

By Sasha King

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Black Enterprise Book Review: “Save Wisely, Spend Happily” by Sharon Lechter

Tips for smart money management

Just about every personal finance topic imaginable is discussed

By Robin White Goode

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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

By Darren Sands

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FTC Warns: “Beware of Fake Debt Collectors”

Don’t get bullied into paying for a debt you might not owe

If you receive a call about a debt you don’t recognize, take action

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Did You Know These Surprising Facts About The World’s Billionaires? [Video]

Juicy tidbits about the world’s richest people

What do today’s billionaires know that you don’t?

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Is Your Financial Mindset About Prosperity—Or Lack?

You may need to change the way you think about money

Do you have a financial mindset?

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Why Your Financial Plan is a Failure [Infographic]

Can't get your money right? The problem might be you

Several factors affect your ability to stay committed to getting your money in order

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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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9 Steps To Protect Yourself From Crooks on Cyber Monday

Don't get ripped off while holiday shopping online

Be careful where you input your information

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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

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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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If you are considering offering a retirement plan for your employees, doing so before the end of the year could provide tax benefits.  Your business might be eligible for a $500 tax credit for the first three years of your plan to help defray setup costs. In addition, any employer contributions to employee plans enjoy tax deductions, and a business owner can realize personal tax savings by contributing to a plan.

5 Must-Haves to Get Your Retirement Plan Started

Financial planner offers tips to help get you on the right track

Financial planner offers tips to help get you on the right track

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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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How to Create and Run a Successful Yard Sale

Here's how to maximize your profits at a yard sale

Have you ever done a yard sale?

By Sasha King

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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

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Fast Food Workers in US Struggle With Low Wages

Wage hikes go unheard as fast food workers receive federal assistance.

Although the fast food industry brings in billions of dollars a year, full-time workers get…

By Sasha King

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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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The Engagement Ring: A Gift from the Heart or Jewel for the Ego?

Focus less on the ring and more on the relationship

Why would a woman contribute toward the purchase of an engagement ring meant to be…

By Kenny Pugh

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How We Manage Money in the U.S. [Infographic]

A snapshot of how people in the United States approach finances

Get a peek into how people in the United States approach household finances, budget preparation,…

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Chances Are, You Won’t Be Able to Afford College

The high cost of a higher education might stop some from achieving their dreams

Student loan debt is surpassing $1 trillion in national debt as well as mortgage and…

By Roy Paul

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Sources of Financial Advice You Can Afford

Don't let fear of the costs of hiring a financial planner stop you from getting the help you need to improve your financial situation.

Many of us know that we need financial advice from qualified professionals, but we often…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How Two Women Live on $32k in Waco, Texas and Brooklyn, NY

Where would you get the most bang for your buck?

Would you sacrifice NYC’s amenities for a much bigger home?

By Sasha King

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How to Save on Grocery Shopping by Making These Treats at Home

Take care of your health and your budget with these homemade food choices

Indulging in a healthy treat can be hard with a busy schedule and a low…

By Sasha King

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How to Get the Best Deals on Fall Shopping

Tips from shopping expert Patrice J. Williams

Now that Fall is here, it’s time to pack away your pastels and break out…

By Jamarris Richardson-Mcfield

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Emmy Award Winning Journalist Provides 6 Tips for Wealth Building

Money management expert Valerie Morris explains how to start a financial plan

BLACK ENTERPRISE spoke with Morris during the American Express OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp, a…

By Alan Hughes

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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

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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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Facing the Signs of Debt Addiction

If you are stuck in a never-ending cycle of indebtedness, regardless of changes in income, you may be in denial.

How much debt do you have?

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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?

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Majority of Workers Lack Information Needed for Informed Health Coverage Decisions

Small businesses are the least likely to offer health care benefits to employees

With an implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) just days away, many workers and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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

More Help for Those Focused on Fixing Their Finances

The Sharpen Your Financial Focus initiative is a great new resource to help you to gain financial freedom and build wealth for life.

Sharpen Your Financial Focus is a comprehensive effort to help you move toward financial stability.…

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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…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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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The 5 Best Bargains for the Fall Months

Tips for getting seasonal deals

Fall is the best time to look around your home, assess your needs, and try…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to Help Strengthen Black Banks

Five lending institutions to receive $1 million each

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. announced that it will deposit a total of $5…

By Alan Hughes

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Payday Lender Stopped by U.S. Courts and Federal Trade Commission

An alleged shady loan broker is halted in its tracks.

A U.S. district court has stopped an online payday lender that was suspected of using…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Renovate Your Home to Make the Sale

The right upgrades can make your home more attractive to buyers

In September 1998, Dr. Kim L. Thornton purchased a home in Newton, Massachusetts, for $490,000.…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Office Space Rental guide for small businesses

Where the Opportunities are in Commercial Real Estate

Aging population, immigration, domestic oil and gas industries to drive growth

One thing that will impact real estate is the increasing population in the US.

By Alan Hughes

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Amends Mortgage Rule

Changes might be on the horizon.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued amendments and clarifications to its mortgage rules

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Twitter IPO Higly Anticipated In Silicon Valley

An initial public offering for the social network giant is the biggest news since Facebook went public

In fewer than 140 characters, Twitter Inc. tweeted that it has filed confidential paperwork to…

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Why Quintin Primo is Bullish on India

Primo sees economic turnaround and investment opportunity in 12-24 months

Primo says that as a country of 1.1 billion people, India has tremendous prospects for…

By Alan Hughes

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Why Trying to Buy a Home Will Get Harder

The American Dream just got more complicated.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, the loan limits for some mortgages are…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Dealing With Debt That Won’t Die

A charge off is not loan forgiveness.

A charged-off account could cause you trouble for years to come.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Keep Your Digital Wallet Safe

Here’s how to protect your money from would-be thieves.

If you pay for items using a digital wallet, security concerns are likely to be…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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4 Inexpensive Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

Eric and Monta Baskerville knew the house they bought in 2009 was a good find,…

By Tory Parrish

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Celebrate National Coupon Month

Ways to coupon effectively.

This September, coupon with a purpose.

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6 Great House-Hunting Websites

These sites will help you find your dream house.

Thanks to the Internet, house hunting can be made easy.

By Alanna Hunter

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Economists Have a Positive Outlook for 2014

Experts predict next year will yield economic growth.

Economists predict that in the second quarter of next year, there will be 3% growth.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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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If you are considering offering a retirement plan for your employees, doing so before the end of the year could provide tax benefits.  Your business might be eligible for a $500 tax credit for the first three years of your plan to help defray setup costs. In addition, any employer contributions to employee plans enjoy tax deductions, and a business owner can realize personal tax savings by contributing to a plan.

What to Do When Your Retirement Nest Egg Starts to Dwindle

Here’s how to handle financial curveballs during your golden years.

How can pre-retirees avoid or minimize the impact of an economic downturn on their retirement…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Money Can’t Buy You Love, So Learn the Art of Relationships

A pile of cash doesn't guarantee lasting love

No matter how much money you have you can’t buy true love.

By Kenny Pugh

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How Do You Get Started on your Business Continuity Plan?

Can Your Retirement Fund Your Next Business?

Retirement accounts can fund your next business, but beware of tax penalties

Can you use the money in your retirement account as capital for your business without…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Expect Higher Prices at the Pump

Possible Syrian conflict expected to drive up gasoline prices

According to MarketWatch, the average national price for a gallon of regular gasoline stood at…

By Alan Hughes

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Seasoned Investment Manager Bullish on Investing in Energy Sector

Expects changing landscape to lead to greater opportunities

There will be periods of innovation, but also periods of disruption. Cycles will also be…

By Alan Hughes

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‘Soldier of Finance’ Book Supplies You With Marching Orders on Your Finances

Review of certified financial planner Jeff Rose's new book, "Soldier of Finance"

If you feel out of control when it comes to your finances, a few simple…

By Candace Myers

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Are You Trying to Maintain a Reality Show Lifestyle?

Are reality stars really paying for the lavish lifestyles they live on TV?

If you are trying to keep up with the reality show lifestyle, stop it.

By Jennifer Streaks

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You Lost Your Social Security Card. Now What?

Tips for replacing a lost card.

Here’s what to do if your Social Security card is lost or stolen.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Net Worth: You Can Control Your Value in Both Love and Money

Be the captain of your own ship

Unfortunately, like financial net worth, some people struggle to understand how net worth translates to…

By Kenny Pugh

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Beware of These Dirty Credit Card Tricks

Steer clear of these credit land mines.

Be on your guard when free credit offers come your way.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Don’t Allow ‘Free’ Online Offers to Make You ‘Go Broke’

If you really want to control your spending, recognize that there is no such thing as something for nothing, no matter what marketers say.

There is no such thing as something for nothing, no matter what marketers say.

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Housing Market Continues Improving as Sales Rise in July

Housing recovery continues with solid numbers in every region

The housing market continues to improve as the national median existing-home price for all housing…

By Alan Hughes

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Protect Yourself from Medical Identity Theft

Tips for keeping your health information away from thieves.

If you have health insurance, you could become a victim of medical identity theft.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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More Americans to Travel This Labor Day Weekend

Improving economic indicators are expected to fuel US travel spending

The study looks at a variety of factors and how they impact travel.

By Alan Hughes

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What to Do if You’ve Ever Been Denied a Bank Account

Not to worry, you still have options

Ever been denied a bank account or had a check declined? If so, here’s why…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Housing Market Recovery Good News for Home Depot

The housing market rebound has been a boon for Home Depot

Retailer reports higher earnings, revenues for second quarter

By Alan Hughes

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Tips on How to Negotiate Your Credit Card Debt

Advice on how to successfully negotiate credit card debt.

If you’re struggling to pay down credit card debt, you can negotiate more favorable terms.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Number of People seeking Unemployment drops to 2008 levels

National Unemployment Rate Drops While Most States Hemorrhage Jobs

The jobless numbers in 28 states worsened.

States continue to struggle.

By Alan Hughes

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Do’s and Don’ts of Starting an Investment Club

Here’s how to get on the right foot.

Investment clubs provide a great way to learn about investments and the stock market.

By Tamara E. Holmes

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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.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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What Happens When Your Spouse Decides She No Longer Wants to Work?

Figuring out a short-term solution to a long-term problem

Matt and Shelly had a conversation prior to the wedding in which they both acknowledged…

By Kenny Pugh

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Refreshing Your Financial Goals for the Fall

Where are you with your financial goals?

Where are you with your financial goals?

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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.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: The Real Cost of Payday Loans

Repeat borrowing often results in a cycle of debt

For a fast, dangerous payday loan, borrowers usually only need a checking account and proof…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Home Prices Rise on Eve of Obama Speech, But Just Slightly

Obama makes major policy speech in Phoenix, Ariz.

President Obama on Tuesday reiterated his administration’s goal to expand economic opportunity for the middle…

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Decades Later, Tawana Brawley Must Pay $431k in Defamation Claim

Case goes back nearly 25 years

Tawana Brawley’s legal and financial woes are well documented.

By Darren Sands

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In False Paternity Case, Accuser Is Forced to Pay Michael Jordan’s Legal Fees

Pamela Smith filed a paternity suit against Jordan

Michael Jordan scores small legal victory.

By Darren Sands

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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.

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Do You Need to Go on a Financial Diet?

Where can you trim?

It might be time to pare down for the sake of your financial fitness.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Love & Money: Don’t Let Uninvited Guests Ruin Your Relationship

Uninvited guests -- bad habits, hidden money and even people -- can be destructive to your relationship

Do they affect men and women differently? Kenny Pugh explores.

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If you're intimate in every way but financially, that's a problem.

Recognizing The Signs of Financial Infidelity

Is she addicted to retail? Is he a bigamist? Zero tolerance for money secrets is key to protecting your marriage—and yourself.

Zero tolerance for money secrets is key to protecting your marriage—and yourself.

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Audit Finds Government Paid Millions to Dead Farmers

Agriculture Dept. agreed with findings

Millions went to dead farmers.

By Darren Sands

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Tips on Home Buying from Egypt Sherrod

Radio and tv personality Egypt Sherrod gives home buying tips.

Few urban radio personalities have managed the double duty of holding down their spot on…

By Sasha King

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Legacy Award Recipient, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Helped Desegregate Schools

When it comes to pioneering women of the Civil Rights Movement, journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault still…

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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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