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Always remember, White Sands FCU (and any other financial institution) will never call you and ask for your account number, card number (including the CVV code on the back!), birthdate, social security number, or any other secure and sensitive information.  If a business, or individual contacts you and asks for this kind of information –do…

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credit cards

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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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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debt-to-income ratio

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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travel documents

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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