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Your first paycheck, and what you should know

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It’s a rite of passage into adulthood – your first paycheck. It doesn’t matter whether you are a teen with an after school job or a recent college graduate, you first paycheck always seems to have some surprises. Here is a brief review of what the important information on your pay statement means, and what…

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Elder Financial Exploitation

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To con artists, down-on-their-luck relatives, or opportunistic acquaintances, they are gold mines. Individuals over the age of 50 control 70% of the country’s wealth, and seniors between the ages of 65 and 74, with an average net worth of $1.06 million, have more assets than any other age group. “That’s where the money is,” says…

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Get wealthy, not rich: change how you think about money

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How do you define wealth? The standard definition is wealth is “a large amount of money and possessions.” But consider this definition: wealth is the difference between what you are earning and what you are spending. Most of us want to be rich because we think it’ll make our financial problems will go away. Sadly,…

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5 financial resolutions for the New Year

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A brand new year provides the perfect opportunity to make meaningful life changes, including improved financial wellness. These five financial resolutions can help get your year off to a promising start.   Get on budget.  Take charge of your finances by creating a budget. Start by calculating after-tax income and subtracting fixed monthly expenses. Then…

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How not to overspend this holiday season

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The holidays are fast approaching, and so is the season for spending.  Many people find this a stressful time, because they know they will end up spending more than they can afford.  Here are some ways to reign in your spending this season. Set a budget Before you begin making lists, planning and shopping, decide…

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