Published On January 6th, 2010

I saw this recent article written by Liz Koh and thought it was very timely given that in the new year finances are a focus for almost everyone.  I have recently seen some close friends as well as clients who have had the status of their finances in their marriage greatly effect and sometimes ruin other parts of their lives.

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Published On December 11th, 2009

At this time of year, many people pause to reflect on what they’d like to change about their lives going forward – lose a few pounds, take a class, spend more time with the kids. 

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Published On August 3rd, 2009

he good news? Well, there isHere’s another good reason to pay attention to mail from your credit card company: You could soon receive a notice that the interest rate on your credit card is going up. That’s the bad news. Tn’t much, but how about this: You may actually have time to figure out what to do about it.

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Published On March 9th, 2009
Finally some sensible credit card rules have been passed to go into effect as of July 1, 2010. According to Demos a pubic policy research organization 1. Prohibit banks from retroactively increasing the interest rate their customers must pay on existing balances. 2. Prohibit banks from allocating payments to lower-rate balances first to maximize finance charges 3. Ban the practice of "double-cycle billing" which calculates interest over more than one month, and can result in higher finances charges…
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Published On December 10th, 2008

Retailers are offering a slew of payment options to cash-strapped consumers. But will these new methods end up costing shoppers more? How you pay for holiday purchases this season is just as important as the size of the deal you get.

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Published On November 25th, 2008

With the economy slowing and holidays just around the corner, many consumers may be looking to credit cards to help them get through the heavy shopping season. While that may be a good short-term solution, you want to make sure you don’t overlook the long-term impact on your credit rating.

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Published On September 19th, 2008

We’ve all heard about high tech online and email scams that are used by criminals to trick consumers out of their money. But now, some scammers are relying on good old low-tech skills to steal money from consumers… sometimes without being detected for months! Authorities are reporting increased “credit card shaving” activity. Credit card shaving–or resurfacing–occurs when a criminal essentially creates a duplicate credit card using numbers from other cards.

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Published On August 6th, 2008

Many people have never checked their credit score. They have always used credit wisely and have probably never been denied a loan. Long story short, they have never really had a good reason to worry about their credit score.

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Published On July 9th, 2008

One of the primary ways banks make money each year is through the fees they charge their customers. While some of these fees are understandable and unavoidable, like safe deposit box fees, others are totally within the control of the consumer.

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Published On June 10th, 2008

If you have had past credit issues or are having trouble getting approved for financing, it is important to get on a path towards improving your credit history as soon as possible.  One way to rebuild poor credit is by getting a secured credit card.  A secured credit card is similar to a debit card but spends like a credit card.  You deposit funds on to the card, which becomes your credit limit, and then spend against those funds.

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