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Financial education for kids made simple: How to set smart money goals for every age

It’s never too early to teach your kids the value of a dollar. As a parent, you have a lot to share with your children about earning, saving, spending, and managing money responsibly. And because personal finance courses aren’t typically offered in grade schools and even high schools – currently only four states require a one-semester course in personal finance for high school graduation �... Continue Reading »

Stay alert: Signs that someone’s trying to steal your identity

One of the worst things about identity theft is that it can happen without your knowledge. But if you stay vigilant, you can stop a thief – or at least minimize the damage they do. Here are some warning signs to watch out for to guard against identity theft. 1. Suspicious charges on your bank account and credit card statements.An identity thief who gets access to your bank account will someti... Continue Reading »

Financial basics: Home equity loans 101

From paying down those credit cards to making a major purchase, like a new car, a home equity loan could be a good source of funds. But because you’re borrowing against your home, you should know what exactly you’re getting into. Here’s a look at the basics of home equity loans. What is a home equity loan? With a home equity loan, you borrow against the equity you’ve built up in your h... Continue Reading »

Membership: Who can join a credit union, and how?

Finding the right financial institution for your needs can be challenging, especially given the myriad of products, services, and incentives that are out there today. Among these endless options, many consumers are turning to credit unions as their financial institution of choice. And it makes sense, given their competitive rates and broad range of products. But with many credit unions to choos... Continue Reading »

Kids and money: 8 tips to help your children become more money-savvy

Teaching your kids about money isn’t a single conversation. It’s a process that goes on until they’re on their own – and beyond. But money talk can be tough, so here are some tips for how to conduct your kids’ financial education. 1. Teach by example. Kids learn how you handle money long before you start to consciously teach them. When they see you buying on impulse or preparing a bu... Continue Reading »

ID Theft: Simple steps can help protect your data

There’s no denying that the lightning-fast development of the Internet and huge jumps in technology in the past two decades have transformed how we handle day-to-day transactions, from banking and paying bills to shopping and booking trips. But with the good comes the bad: According to Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2013 Identity Fraud Report, there was one incident of identity fraud every thre... Continue Reading »