Financial Library

Financial knowledge leads to financial success, and the articles below can help you take more control of your finances now. Plus, Wealth News newsletters can add to your understanding of investing and planning.

Signs to Know You’re Prepared to Buy a Home

Jun 13, 2018
There’s no doubt about it—buying a home is a big investment. You’re on the hook for a long-term mortgage, and responsible for repairs and any other unforeseen expenses. But don’t get discouraged. If you have strong money management skills (and cash saved up), you may be ready for homeownership.
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30-Day Savings Challenge

May 14, 2018
Making an open-ended promise to save money is hard to accomplish if you don’t set rules and guidelines. So if you’re serious about stashing more cash, determine exactly how much you want to save by a specific date. One month is a reasonable timeframe to start building healthy, money-saving habits.
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Financial Success No Matter Your Age

Apr 12, 2018
With different stages in your life, diverse achievements and challenges await. But no matter what your age, being money-smart is always a wise choice. Curious how to meet your financial goals, no matter your age? Take a look at these tips.
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Smart Things to do with Your Tax Refund

Mar 14, 2018
For the 2017 tax filing year, the Internal Revenue Service reports that seven in 10 Americans will be getting a refund; with the average amount being close to $2,900. It’s important to be financially savvy with your refund. Here are some smart money tips - as well as some big no-no’s.
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Tax Time: Preparing to Prepare

Feb 14, 2018
Tax season is officially under way, and while filing your taxes may not be your definition of a fun time, the process is less painful if you're prepared. Additionally, with the first significant reform of the tax code since 1986, it's more important than ever to have an organized system now - and in preparation for 2018.
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Six Ways to Overcome Debt

Jan 11, 2018
If overwhelming debt is causing you stress, you are not alone. Millions of Americans are suffering from anxiety and depression because they have difficulty paying their financial obligations. Whatever the cause of the debt here are some steps you can take to beat the “bill blues.”
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Social Media Payments: Secure or Risky?

Dec 13, 2017
Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat have long been a place to reconnect and communicate. Now, these and other social media channels are providing free payment services, where users are encouraged to attach debit or credit card information to their social media accounts for person-to-person financial transactions. However, that could come with much higher security risks than using traditional payment routes.
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Smart Giving

Nov 13, 2017
Smart Giving: How to Make the Most of Your Charitable Donation. Never before has giving—whether it’s money, property, or time—been more necessary and valued. And if done strategically, your generosity can go a very long way.
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How to Handle Money Emergencies

Oct 12, 2017
Unexpected expenses, like a car breakdown, emergency home repairs, or a bill that comes out of the blue, have the potential to financially sink many Americans. But don’t feel like you’re alone. First things first: take a breath. Now, get ready to meet the problem head-on. Here are some helpful ideas to consider when tackling your money emergency.
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