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ATM Fraud on the Rise: Staying Safe While Getting Cash

female inserts a plastic card into an ATMScammers seem like they’re in every part of the economy. If you make a purchase online, scammers are trying to get your credit or debit card number. If you check your email, scammers are trying to get you to download spyware. You might think you’re safe conducting all your business in cash, but scammers are waiting in one location you can’t get around: the ATM.

My Parents Are Showing Signs Of Dementia. How Can I Protect Them Financially?

woman forgetting about coupleAs the country gets older, the mounting problem of dementia will only get more prominent. Already the sixth leading cause of death in the country, and the only killer among the top 10 that is completely unpreventable, the Alzheimer’s Association predicts that, by the year 2050, Americans will spend over one trillion dollars on treatment for dementia, five times the current price tag. For those of us whose loved ones suffer from the disease, it’s a trial every day.

Tips to Avoid Being Taken By Rental Scams

empty apartment kitchenRenting an apartment can be scary. This is going to be your home, after all, no matter how short or long a time you choose to live there. As you consider available options, you are probably looking for it to be clean and smell-free. You also likely want it to be large enough to at least fit a bed and a refrigerator. And the surrounding neighborhood should to be safe, or at least not downright dangerous.

Is My Insurance Enough When Disaster Strikes?

fallen tree on fenceQ: The news coverage surrounding hurricanes Matthew and Nicole has me worried. What can I do to disaster-proof my home?

A: Natural disasters can be frightening. Whether it’s hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, droughts or floods, no area of the country is immune to them. Whether you were personally affected by the most recent round of hurricanes or not, they should serve as a good reminder to take steps to prepare yourself for the worst.

Health Savings Accounts for Today and Tomorrow

doctor holding piggy bankA Health Savings Account (HSA) makes for an easy way to save and pay for qualified medical expenses now and down the road. Though it’s often confused with a Flexible Savings Account (FSA), a Health Savings Account is not the same. For one thing, the funds roll from year to year and will move with you if you change jobs, become unemployed or change medical coverage.

How Your Responsible Choices Can End Up Hurting Your Credit Score

frustrated man in front of laptopQ: I've had some trouble with credit in the past, but I'm trying to turn over a new leaf. I think I'm doing everything right, but my credit score still isn't rising! What gives?

Investing In Your Career

man climbing career stepsWhen you think of your investment portfolio, you probably think of stocks, savings and maybe a few other financial products you own or things you’re planning to use for buying a house, fund retirement, or to keep yourself protected. What you might overlook is the investment you’ve made in your career. You’ve invested time in your career, and if you’re still paying off student loans, you definitely know you’ve spent money on it as well.

Halloween's Coming, So Let's Talk Christmas

golden piggy bank with holiday backgroundFootball has begun, the leaves will be changing soon and the kids are back in school. Clearly, it's time to start thinking about Christmas. Some of you are reading this on your phone while waiting in line at Starbucks, preparing to buy your first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season, but it's time to start thinking of peppermint mochas instead.

Job Seekers & Social Media

mortarboard, diploma and tabletQ: I’m a recent college grad looking for my first real job and I know companies are looking at my online image. How can I make my online presence an asset?

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