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Finding the Perfect Real Estate Agent

Before you can choose a real estate agent, it helps to be clear about the ideal qualities you want that person to have. Social search engine is making that a bit easier this week with the release of a new survey. – which connects real estate professionals…

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The Gender Gap in Telework

Men are outpacing women when it comes to working away from the office, according to some new research from Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc.

Telework – which is defined as doing work from home, a business center or another location – can be a nice option for those seeking a…

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Cabin Fever and Online Fraud?

The loneliness brought on by a long winter can make people more vulnerable to online fraudsters, according to a study from the AARPs New York chapter.

AARP New York said that winter isolation, or “cabin fever” often causes people to spend more time online, and more likely to reach out…

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Are You Saving Enough to Retire?

A recent survey from TIAA-CREF found that, while 37% of American plan to retire before age 65, 44% of them are saving less than 10% of their incomes. This includes employer contributions.

TIAA-CREF – which provides retirement services – said that few Americans have what the firm calls “lifetime income…

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Consumers are once again feeling confidence in the banking industry. Why?

A new report suggests that consumers around the world are once again expressing confidence in the banking industry five years after its near-collapse brought the global economy to its knees.

Professional services firm EY said that its 2014 global consumer banking survey found that most consumers today would recommend…

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People Want More Smartphone Banking Options

A new survey of consumers finds that people are hungry for increased functionality and banking options via Smartphones.

The survey, from predictive analytics firm FICO, found that people across demographic categories would like to do more with mobile banking than most Smartphone banking apps are capable of.

Overall, more than…

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Can You Be Too Rich for Household Budgeting?

A new study finds that the vast majority of affluent investors don’t use a household budget, and don’t think they need one. That may be fine, as long as they’re truly well-off.

Insurer John Hancock surveyed thousands of investors with household incomes over $75,000, and…

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What Will You Do With Your Tax Refund?

Will you use your tax refund to pay down debt, buy something special or make an investment? The majority of Americans plan to use theirs on “necessary expenses,” judging by the results of a new survey.

Financial adviser Edward Jones has released the results of a new survey in which…

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Big Banks: Even Their Shareholders Don’t Trust Them

A recent study of institutional investors revealed broad dissatisfaction with the lending practices and corporate responsibility of the nation’s largest banks.

The survey is from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a faith-based coalition that represents 300 institutional investors with $100 billion in assets under management. Many of…

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There’s No Need to Stick with Big Banks

It’s easier than you think to un-stick yourself from big banks, and join a credit union.

Lower Fees, Better Rates

As member-owned not-for-profits, credit unions are in a better position to offer the lowest fees on banking services. We usually have the best rates on…

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