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Personal Finance News

Should You Believe a Celebrity Endorsement?

Should You Believe a Celebrity Endorsement?

In a word, personal finances and the world of money are getting more complex by the day!  We all know this, but it was taken to a new level after doing some research on today’s topic – celebrity endorsements.  Is your purchasing behavior influenced by a celebrity endorsement?  Maybe, maybe not.  But, the Federal Trade […]

August 23, 2016 | By More
2015 National Financial Capability Study

2015 National Financial Capability Study

A characteristic of being a money smart consumer and financial leader is keeping on top of trends.  Let’s be honest here.  It can really be a challenge today to remain in step with the massive amount of news and micro/macro events that create or impact trends. The role of data is more important than ever […]

August 2, 2016 | By More
Millennials:  Gallup Report Shows Job Hopping Trend

Millennials: Gallup Report Shows Job Hopping Trend

Recently, I came across an article by Amy Adkins, a writer and editor at Gallup.  It provides a results overview of a Gallup report researching the work life of millennials.  To be specific, its focus is on the trend of millennials job hopping.  Of course, when we first glance at the statistics, one would think […]

July 26, 2016 | By More

Banking

Directors’ College Video Series – The Community Reinvestment Act

Directors’ College Video Series – The Community Reinvestment Act

Before you opt out of reading today’s Post, let me give you one reason you need to take five minutes to continue reading. The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was created to benefit you – the consumer and business owners.  Let’s be more specific and to the point.  The leading financial partner of money smart consumers […]

July 12, 2016 | By More
Should Banks Offer Financial Literacy for Small Business?

Should Banks Offer Financial Literacy for Small Business?

Some questions are easier to answer than others.  In today’s blog, we address the question, “Should banks offer financial literacy for small business?”  The answer is a resounding “yes.”  Why?  The main reason is that for small businesses, their first partner in their new venture is a bank.  It is also a mutually beneficial relationship. […]

June 7, 2016 | By More
Privacy Policy: Notice of Privacy Practices for Consumers

Privacy Policy: Notice of Privacy Practices for Consumers

What did you do with the last privacy notice you received from a financial institution or creditor?  I’m going to hazard a guess you glanced at it then proceeded to dump it in the trash bin or file it away.  I understand these privacy notices have a lot of small print and are as dry […]

May 17, 2016 | By More

Saving Tips & Ideas

Store Rewards: A Lesson Learned About Saving

Store Rewards: A Lesson Learned About Saving

Have you ever received rewards for providing a retail store your email?  How about when you receive a certain amount of rewards as a cash value on your next purchase?  Store rewards can be a lot of fun to receive because they are free money.  But, if you’re not careful, it’s all too easy to […]

August 9, 2016 | By More
Simplify Your Life in Retirement: Downsize Your Home

Simplify Your Life in Retirement: Downsize Your Home

While reading the Business section of the Chicago Tribune last week, I came across Jane Bennett Clark’s article, “The surprising costs of downsizing your home.”  Although I am some years away from retirement, it’s a conversation I’ve heard from financial literacy colleagues and financial planners.  The recommendation is for soon retirees to consider the “simplify […]

April 26, 2016 | By More
3 Reasons Walking Saves You Money

3 Reasons Walking Saves You Money

There are two topics that go nicely together in my money lifestyle – walking and saving money.  It may seem like talking about walking and saving money are at odds for a personal finance magazine, but not really.  By the time you finish reading this post, I think you’re see my logic. Why am I […]

April 12, 2016 | By More

Money Tips On the Web

Social Security Number: Facts You Should Know

Social Security Number: Facts You Should Know

For the client work we do for article shares through our publishing company Millcreek Media Group, we have built a robust internal news feed system. When today’s article from the U.S. Social Security Administration crossed our newsfeed, I was really glad it did.  The blog, written by the Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Jim Borland, was only […]

August 16, 2016 | By More
Store Rewards: A Lesson Learned About Saving

Store Rewards: A Lesson Learned About Saving

Have you ever received rewards for providing a retail store your email?  How about when you receive a certain amount of rewards as a cash value on your next purchase?  Store rewards can be a lot of fun to receive because they are free money.  But, if you’re not careful, it’s all too easy to […]

August 9, 2016 | By More
Secret #2 to Being Rich: Success is a Formula

Secret #2 to Being Rich: Success is a Formula

Sometime ago we published a blog that provided the first secret to being rich – living below your means.  While leafing through Dr. Niven’s The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People, I thought his statement on page 70, “Success is Formula, Not Fantasy,” got my attention.  To be more specific, the part that says that […]

July 19, 2016 | By More