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Shopping Around for Better Health Insurance

Regardless of whether you already have health insurance and a health savings account, it can’t hurt to see if you qualify for a better policy.

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Continuing Work After Retirement

If you’ve lived a life of hard work and a busy schedule, the biggest thing you’re going to struggle with in retirement is filling the hours of the day that used to be taken up by your job.

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Looking For a Job? Cyber Tips For Young Professionals

As a young professional, you’ve grown up using computers and the Internet. However, as information you share on the Internet becomes increasingly accessible to others, what steps are you taking to protect yourself? Young professionals must tailor their Internet behavior to protect themselves and their budding careers.

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To Borrow or Not to Borrow? Financing for the Holidays

Everyone loves the holidays. The family, the food, the fun—it’s a great time of year. What isn’t great is the financial stress this season can put on our hearts and wallets. Most of us work hard to build up our savings throughout the year, and we shouldn’t have to worry about draining our savings as soon as holiday bells start ringing.

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When to Open You Child’s First Checking Account

Some childhood milestones are pretty straightforward. The crib goes when baby outgrows it. Diapers go off the grocery list when your child learns to potty. The training wheels come off once she learns to balance. Transitions into fiscal responsibility, on the other hand, are a less clear cut. The first big milestone will be your child’s first checking account

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Online Security Means Your Mobile Device, Too

Almost all Americans, regardless of age, are using mobile devices. Often, mobile devices are used for sensitive activities, including banking, online shopping and social networking. Some of these activities require users to provide personal information such as their names, account numbers, addresses, email addresses and passwords. Moreover, apps routinely ask for access to information stored on the device, including location information.

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Talking to Your Retired Parents about Personal Finance

If you have concerns about your parents’ personal finances, it may be wise to see if you can help. Stepping in might not be so easy, however. To your parents, you're always their kid, and they may feel that it’s their responsibility to guide you – not the other way around.

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Talking to Your Kids About Cybersecurity

The best way to protect your kids online? Talk to them. Research suggests that when children want important information, most rely on their parents.

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As the Holiday Season Nears, Prepare for Fraud Prevention

One of the last things on your mind during the holidays is how you are going to get scammed. However, acts of fraud are common during profitable holiday seasons. During a time of goodwill, it can be easy to forget the real dangers you face in the way of fraud.

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Easy DIY Halloween Costumes and Decor

Ready to get in the Halloween spirit but want to do it on a budget? Would you rather not spend money on decorations and costumes that are overpriced? Maybe you also like to do something different every year and don't want to use the same decorations or costumes over again. You can put together original, creative costumes with pieces you already have in your closet. You can also save money by using everyday items you already have in your house to create scary, festive themes in your home. Check out these DIY ideas for fun Halloween décor and costumes.

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Cybersecurity While Traveling

Cybersecurity should not be limited to the home, office, or classroom. It is important to practice safe online behavior and secure our Internet-enabled mobile devices whenever we travel, as well. The more we travel and access the Internet on the go, the more cyber risks we face. No one is exempt from the threat of cyber crime, at home or on the go, but you can follow these simple tips to stay safe online when traveling.

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Is a Signature Loan Right for You?

At some point, we are all faced with making a big purchase. Whether for home improvements, a vacation or a business start up, sometimes an unexpected large expense becomes your top priority. As the holiday season approaches, maybe you have additional expenses for kids’ activities or have to put down a deposit for large holiday expenses.

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5 Ways to Make College More Affordable

The value of a college degree isn’t what it used to be, but its importance certainly hasn’t diminished. In fact, in Sallie Mae’s report, “How America Pays for College,” 90% of families expect their student to earn at least a bachelor’s degree, with 54% expecting a graduate degree. Of course, if you’ve read any recent news about the financial details of college education, you’ll know that it’s also a foreboding prospect: there is nearly $1.3 trillion in total U.S. student loan debt, ongoing wage stagnation, and the prospect of enduring years f underemployment.

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Cybersecurity and Older Americans

We are more connected to technology than ever before. We can get our news the moment it happens; we can learn about complex subjects from information sources around the world; we can run errands, do our banking and shopping, without leaving home; and we share ideas and keep in touch with family and friends, no matter their location. All of this is due, in part, to cyber technology. Yet for all of its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse.

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Patience or Purchase? The Pros and Cons of Early Tech Adoption

We love checking out the latest and greatest gadgets in the marketplace. No matter what hobby or career you have, it’s a sure bet that someone out there is designing new technology to streamline the process.

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