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All Eyes Will Be On Friday’s Jobs Report

This Friday’s press release from the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics will be one of this season’s most scrutinized documents. It will be picked over by journalists, academics and politicians well into the month. But perhaps the most rapt attention will be paid by the Fed.

Experts…

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Celebrate Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and we thought we’d start things off with some facts from the Census Bureau.

For instance, did you know that the there were twice as many American women aged 85 or older in 2013 as there were American men living past 85 (4…

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Beware of Mortgage Relief Scams

People can get understandably desperate when they’re in fear of losing their homes. This makes them ripe targets for scam artists. Is it any wonder, then, that there are so many ads from companies promising to help homeowners these days?

Since the financial crisis, companies offering mortgage relief have…

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Washington needs to have a little more love for credit unions.

America’s credit unions were safe and sound entering 2015, after another year of strong member and lending growth. There are now more than 100 million CU members in the country. However, CUs are facing some headwinds this year, and they’re coming from Washington.

As Bankrate reported recently, only…

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Paid vs. Free Credit Score Monitoring – Part II

In our last blog we explored the features of a service called Credit Karma that offers users free access to their credit scores. Now we’ll look at a fee-based service that offers similar benefits, and try to determine if it’s worth the money.

Part II — Paid

MyFICO…

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Paid vs. Free Credit Score Monitoring – Part I

Consumers have some great options this year for keeping track of their credit reports, and credit scores. Some are free, while other options involve paying a fee. Is it worth the money to use these premium services? Let’s look at a leading option from each category, and see how…

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Wait, There’s a Credit Union Museum?

A recent article in CU Times chronicles the upcoming renovation of America’s Credit Union Museum. Now, if you’re like many CU members, you read something like that and think, ‘uh, there’s a credit union museum?’ Yes, folks, there is.

America’s Credit Union Museum is housed in…

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It Pays to Empower Employees

Is your boss too much a control freak? Do you feel that you could do much more for the company if only your boss would let you have a bit more autonomy? Well, you’re in luck: some new research findings point the way to a win/win for you…

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The Best Car for Your Family

There’s no cookie-cutter mold for the American family. Families are unique, and so are their cars. However, some cars seem to have the best mix of attributes that work for the greatest number of families. Kelley Blue Book has put together a list of them.

KBB tried to…

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Are You Making Enough Money?

Most of us would like to make more money, and some of us probably should be making more. One way to gauge whether you are due a raise is to see what other people are making in your field. This week, we have some new salary data for accounting and…

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