Start Building Wealth In Your 20’s

Start Building Wealth In Your 20’s There are so many things to love about being in your 20’s; you have ample time to explore new and exciting career opportunities, and to build independence. You also have valuable time to do something that will be very important when you get older — build your wealth. Here … read more »

Getting and Using Your First Credit Card

Getting and Using Your First Credit Card A “first” credit card can be exciting, tempting and intimidating. Credit cards are a great convenience, but they are also a huge borrowing responsibility. Here are some ideas to keep in mind as you get your first credit card and begin to use it. Choosing a credit card … read more »

Renting vs. Buying a Home: Things to Think About

Renting vs. Buying a Home: Things to Think About (FDIC Consumer News) With housing prices still low in many areas and a favorable mortgage-rate environment, people who don’t own their home may be thinking about buying instead of renting. Here are points to consider: Why Rent? Freedom to move: If you unexpectedly need to find … read more »

7 Financial Tips for Business Owners

7 Financial Tips for Business Owners Personnel director…sales manager…head of operations…customer service manager…The list of roles and responsibilities can go on and on if you’re running your own business today. Though all these key roles are important, there is one that’s particularly critical to the short- and long-term success of your business — chief financial … read more »

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How Much to Allocate to Your 401K

  When your employer offers a 401(k) plan, you have a great opportunity to save for retirement. You’ll want to contribute at least enough to get the full employer match, if your employer offers one.  Beyond that, here are some ways to know how much to allocate to your plan. Decide how much you’ll need … read more »

How to Be a Money Smart Graduate Student

  Whether you’ll be pursuing a master’s degree in English literature or a Ph.D. in chemical engineering this fall, life as a graduate student likely will require a good deal of thriftiness. But that doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to a steady diet of instant noodles and cereal for the foreseeable future. Here’s … read more »

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Should You Lease or Buy a Car?

It’s no secret that shopping for a car involves making many choices — from the color, to the style, to the features and accessories. There’s another choice to consider when you are in the market for a car — whether to lease or buy. Once available primarily for luxury vehicles, leasing is now available for … read more »

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8 Steps to Launch a New Business Opportunity

You never know when inspiration will strike. In fact, you may have already been inspired with a revolutionary idea for an innovative new product or service. But as most entrepreneurs know, coming up with an idea is the easy part; it’s a whole lot more challenging to turn that idea into an actual business opportunity. … read more »

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Put Your Business Banking Relationship to Use

It’s no secret that building strong and healthy relationships takes time and effort. If you own a business, that’s especially true about one of your most important relationships – the one you have with your bank. A good business banking relationship can give you a powerful competitive advantage, which is why it’s so important to … read more »

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Getting Finances Ready for Retirement

If you’re beginning to consider retirement, you should be seriously thinking about how to ensure that your financial life in those golden years will be as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Here are a few tips. Make the most of your remaining paychecks to save for retirement. How much money you’ll need to set aside … read more »

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