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Saving and investing your money
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What to do with your 401(k)? Consider costs, investments, and services

The decision of whether to leave money in your old employer's retirement plan, or to move it to your new employer plan or an IRA, doesn't always have an obvious answer. Last week , we looked at factors concerning your age and when you want to have access to your money – or be required to begin distributions. Today, we'll talk about comparing costs, investmen...

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Posted by Karen Chan at 12:34PM on 8/24/2014
Categories: Karen Chan Investing Retirement Planning

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What to do with your 401(k)? Think about when you want your money.

You retired. Or changed jobs – maybe several times. So did I. And at many of those jobs, we had a 401(k) or some other type of retirement plan. If your account held less than $5000, you may have been forced to make a quick decision about what to do with the money. Otherwise, you probably did what many of us do so well: procrastinate . Maybe now is a...

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Posted by Karen Chan at 12:19AM on 8/21/2014
Categories: Karen Chan Investing Retirement Planning


Conquering the apocalypse of zombie debt

We have learned a lot about zombies from the movies. There are ways to keep zombies from eating your brain. Bar the doors, understand and choose your weapons, figure out your escape route. Similar tactics can help you be victorious in standing down the debt apocalypse. What is Zombie debt? In short, zombie debt is debt you thought was long gone coming back to ha...

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Posted by Pam Atkinson at 11:56AM on 8/14/2014
Categories: Pam Atkinson Credit and Debt Credit Report How to Choose/Purchase a ...

Dealing with Debt Collectors

It's happened to every one of us. Whether they were calling for you, your spouse or your neighbor down the street, we've all encountered the dreaded call from a debt collector. In a former life, I was a debt collector. Here are a few tips and tricks of the trade on how to deal with one if you ever encounter that phone call. What federal laws protect consumers?...

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Posted by Sasha Grabenstetter at 8:15AM on 8/7/2014
Categories: Author Sasha Whitley Credit and Debt Organizing Finances

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The Best Financial Tool for Young Adults …

What do young people do? They move: from home to college dorm, from one apartment to the next apartment, to the summer job, home again, to the next rental duplex, and so it goes! And in the process, stuff accumulates and stuff gets lost. One of the best financial tools I ever gave my sons is a simple, plastic file box. I gave them each one at the end of high school. It's a place to keep...

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Posted by Kathy Sweedler at 11:23PM on 7/28/2014
Categories: Kathy Sweedler Kids and Money Organizing Finances

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Financial Fat Cat

Recently the Consumer Economics Team of Educators were discussing the Go Banking Rates Financial Tip Summer Challenge. They wanted to be apart of the contest but were unsure of what their video would be about. It had to be a quick tip to help individuals and families save money. It a...

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Posted by Sasha Grabenstetter at 3:00PM on 7/21/2014
Categories: Author Sasha Whitley Reduce Spending Saving Money

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Back to school shopping: It’s as Easy as A-B-C and 1-2-3

I saw my first television ad for back to school supplies on July 1 this year and I just shook my head. For many school-aged children, especially in the Midwest, school has barely ended for the year and they are reminded that it is all about to start over again. Why, they have not had a chance to get bored yet! My all-time favorite commercial shows a dad shopping for his two children. He...

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Posted by Pam Atkinson at 11:31AM on 7/17/2014
Categories: Pam Atkinson Budgeting How to Choose/Purchase a ... Reduce Spending Saving Money