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Managing your credit reputation

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What is your credit reputation? Your credit report and credit score together make up your credit reputation. As soon as you get a credit card, a phone, or even sign up for utilities, you start building what we call a “credit history,” which includes all your status across accounts, total debts, and your payment history.…

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Simple estate planning for everyone

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If you think that estate planning is for the rich, you are wrong. While people with many assets definitely need estate planning, so do people of moderate or few assets. Your estate is simply your net worth, or what you own minus what you owe. Estate planning is just a plan for what happens to…

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Understanding your debt-to-income ratio

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Have you ever applied for a loan and been told that your debt-to-income ratio was too high? You may have wondered what that meant. Your debt-to-income ratio is the portion of your income that goes to debt payment, and it is a key component of creditworthiness. Lenders consider debt-to-income ratio along with credit score when…

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Debit card travel tips

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Tickets purchased, bags packed and finances in order, right? Ah – summer travel season is upon us. Don’t let your travel plans be derailed by unexpected problems with your debit card. Follow these tips to make sure your access to funds goes smoothly. While these tips are specific to White Sands FCU issued debit cards,…

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Boost your savings with certificate laddering

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Even though share certificates (a.k.a known as certificates of deposit or CDs)) won’t get you the highest return on your dollar, they are pretty much guaranteed not to lose you money.  That’s because share certificates are federally insured up to $250,000 per account holder by either the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) or the Federal…

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