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My new wallet

Payments on the Go

It seems almost inevitable these days that your credit card information will be at risk from a retailer’s system breach or worse, your card number stolen and used for fraudulent purchases. Clearly the established credit payment systems are lacking. Next generation payment methods like mobile pay and chipped credit cards promise improvement; whether they will […]

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The IRS Breach and What it Means to You

Data breaches have become so common lately that you may not even blink.  However when it happens to the Internal Revenue Service and affects some 100,000 taxpayers, that’s bound to get your attention.  This week the IRS announced that not only did hackers compromise the tax records of those 100,000; attempts on another 100,000 were […]

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Gifts that Give Back

Folks have been lamenting the commercialization of the holiday season for years, but the outcry this year about shopping on Thanksgiving indicates a rebellion of sorts. Christmas decorations pop up in stores in September; relentless television advertising pushes consumers to empty wallets for a “perfect” holiday; the irony of rushing around buying gifts right up […]

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My Obamacare Experience (thus far)

I’ve been waiting to see the details of the insurance plans available through Obamacare, so first thing the morning of October 1 I clicked over to www.healthcare.gov to check it out.  I was unpleasantly surprised to find out registration is required to get any info (other insurance quoting sites I’ve utilized in the past only […]

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Obamacare is coming- are you ready?

Will you be buying next year’s health insurance on the new exchanges?  Starting Tuesday October 1, individuals can enroll online at www.healthcare.gov for coverage effective January 1, 2014.  Small businesses can enroll beginning October 1 as well, but can’t do it online until November 1 due to a delay on that end.  The deadline for […]

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College Student Debt in America

Thanks to Consolidated Credit for providing this infographic on college debt. Staggering college debt is no way to start off a secure financial future. Yet thousands of students every year rack up thousands of dollars in debt. The average college student attending a four-year institution ends up with $25,000 in debt upon graduation, which is […]

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