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Have Student Loan Debt? Six Tips to Pay It Off Faster

May 2015

Debt from student loans for higher education is now the largest category of debt in the U.S. As of December 2014, over 43 million borrowers owed a cumulative total debt of over 1.2 trillion dollars in federal and private student loans, according to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Board of New York. The average individual debt is $26,700.

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Arm Yourself Against Fraud Directed at Seniors

April 2015

Some of today's most popular financial frauds tend to target older adults. Why? Like the old bank robber said, because that's where the money is. Most older adults have accumulated more assets than younger adults. They also tend to have good credit. Although many of the following scams can trick and trap people of any age, if you or a family member is over 55, you should be aware of these fraudulent schemes and how to avoid being taken in by them.

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Living Paycheck to Paycheck? 7 Tips for Saving More Now

March 2015

Are you or your family living right up to your income? Or perhaps you are going a bit beyond your income to make ends meet—running up credit card debt or dipping into savings. If so, you are not alone. At least 47% of U.S. households spend all of their income (or go beyond) according to a new report based on national data and prepared by the Pew Charitable Trust.

If you find yourself in this situation—or close to it—it’s time to pause and look for new ways to cut spending and enhance saving. Having even a small emergency fund can put you and your family on a more secure financial footing. Here are some tips to help. Some steps you can take today, others require a little more planning.

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Should Gas Prices Influence Your Next Vehicle Purchase?

February 2015

Over the last few months, falling gas prices have made drivers a little giddy. Just the other day, a friend who drives a compact noted cheerfully that she had filled the tank for just a little over $20, something that hadn’t happened in years. Since gas prices peaked in mid-2014, sales have increased about 8% for large pickups and SUVs while they’ve decreased about 1.5% for small cars (Edmunds.com). Lower gas prices are probably just one contributing factor to this trend, but as an easy-to-see and ongoing cost of driving a car, lower gas prices may tempt you to put that 20 mpg SUV or 18 mpg pickup at the top of your choices as you shop for a new vehicle. Before you sign for that bigger set of wheels, however, think about—and compare—several other costs of owning a car. You could save hundreds at the pump in the short term and spend thousands more long-term.

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Three 2015 Resolutions To Enhance Your Financial Well-Being

January 2015

Have you made any resolutions for 2015? Typical January goals include ways to enhance your physical well-being, such as losing weight, getting in shape, or eating a more healthful diet. I’d like to recommend setting three goals for the new year that can enhance your financial well-being.

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