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Posted: Wed,31 Jul 2019 12:17:42 GMT
Seena Gressin Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education FTC
If you needed yet another nudge to start keeping an eye on your credit report to protect against identity theft, Capital One has delivered it with its announcement that a data breach has exposed...
Posted: Fri,26 Jul 2019 02:24:13 GMT
Alvaro Puig Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
Earlier this week, we told you that roughly half the people in the country can get benefits under a settlement that the FTC and others reached with Equifax. Now, you can now find out if you were...
Posted: Mon,22 Jul 2019 02:49:50 GMT
Alvaro Puig - Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
In September of 2017, Equifax announced a data breach that exposed the personal information of 147 million people.
Posted: Tue,07 May 2019 09:34:50 GMT
Michael Atleson Acting Assistant Director, Division of Consumer & Business Education - FTC
Get a one-ring call? Don’t call back.
A while back, we warned you about the “one ring” scam. That’s when you get a phone call from a number you don’t know, and the call stops after just one ring. The scammer is hoping you’ll...
Posted: Mon,22 Apr 2019 07:35:38 GMT
Rosario Méndez Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC
Scammers and Your Notre Dame Donations
Following last week’s devastating fire that destroyed much of the famous and historically important Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, fundraising efforts have begun.
Posted: Mon,15 Apr 2019 07:23:44 GMT
Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC
Online lending company broke the law. FTC counts the ways.
If you need to borrow money to consolidate credit card debt, make home or auto repairs, or pay other unexpected bills, a personal installment loan may be an option.

Posted: Wed,30 Jan 2019 06:18:27 GMT
Guidant Financial
401(k) business financing lets new and existing business owners use their retirement funds to start or buy a business, without incurring tax penalties or taking a loan.

Posted: Tue,07 May 2019 02:52:52 GMT
Daniel Satchkov
Donald Trump yesterday suddenly threatened to increase tariffs on many Chinese goods from 10% to 25% effective this Friday. He also threatened to institute many new tariffs. According to his...
Posted: Tue,30 Apr 2019 04:22:44 GMT
Yon Perullo - Rixtrema
Environmental and socially responsible investing (also known as ESG, where the ‘G’ stands for governance) has been a hot topic in recent years. Since Earth Day was just a couple of days ago,...
Posted: Thu,28 Feb 2019 04:41:01 GMT
Nick Davidson - RiXtrema
Most fund managers justify the higher fees associated with the fund by explaining that their skill will allow them to deliver better results than the index.
Posted: Tue,05 Feb 2019 08:34:01 GMT
Alexandr Starodubtsev
As a Fiduciary, How Well Do You Know Your Risk?
FINRA 2019 Risk Priorities and Examination Priorities Letter
Posted: Tue,29 Jan 2019 06:10:26 GMT
Daniel Satchkov
Where Cryptocurrency Lost Its Way & How It Can Still Take Over Internet?
Bitcoin certainly flames the passions. Usually reserved academics start to sound like fiery pastors preaching against the evil one when topic of Bitcoin is brought up. Central bankers call it...

Posted: Thu,07 Feb 2019 04:31:27 GMT
Sandy Botkin
Many more vehicles will qualify for cents per mile method: If you were incorporated and reimbursed for your vehicle usage, you company could only reimburse you using the 54.5¢ per mile method...
Posted: Fri,01 Feb 2019 06:22:31 GMT
Sandy Botkin
Normally, tax law principles are quite simple: the person who earns the money, pays tax at their current single or married filing joint rates. Under the old law, however, there was a strange...
Posted: Tue,22 Jan 2019 05:51:56 GMT
Sandy Botkin
I have always maintained that we have two tax systems: one for employees that is designed to take your wealth. And, one for self-employed people, which is designed to stimulate economic growth....
Posted: Tue,08 Jan 2019 07:40:32 GMT
Mike Brown
All Credit Cards are Not the Same
Anyone that has a credit card likely realizes how true the title of this article is. There are a lot of variables to look at when deciding which card is right for you. And just because you may...
Posted: Mon,07 Jan 2019 04:50:31 GMT
Sandy Botkin
2019 Tax Changes, Part 2
Round up of tax changes going into effect for 2019. While there are some changes that are more technical than I want to post here, there are some easier to understand changes: 4Higher withholding...
Posted: Wed,02 Jan 2019 08:43:16 GMT
Sandy Botkin
2019 Tax Changes, Part 1
Since this is my first post for the new year, I thought I would do a multi-part series on "What's new for 2019," which will discuss a roundup of tax changes going into effect this year. 1Medical...
Posted: Sat,22 Dec 2018 06:10:40 GMT
Sandy Botkin
2019 Standard Mileage Rates
New standard mileage rates for business use of vehicles. IRS announced the 2019 standard mileage rates to be: 58¢ per mile for business 14¢ per mile for charity 20¢ per mile for medical All...
Posted: Fri,21 Dec 2018 06:08:43 GMT
Sandy Botkin
Financial Tips Everyone Should Know #2
Develop long and short term financial goals. If we don't plan our finances, nothing much usually happens. I recommend developing both long and short term financial goals. Thus, as an example...
Posted: Thu,20 Dec 2018 11:41:45 GMT
Sandy Botkin
Financial Tips Everyone Should Know
Here is the first of my two part series on imperative financial tips that everyone, especially younger people, should implement: 1Pay yourself first!! When you are beginning your career, it can...
Posted: Wed,12 Dec 2018 07:30:15 GMT
Mike Brown
Save Your Divorce, Part Two
Beware of sudden missing jewelry and other valuables: Jewelry, collectibles, and other small valuables sometimes go missing immediately before or during the divorce process. Of course, both spouses...

Posted: Sun,24 Mar 2019 05:30:53 GMT
Chuck Piecukonis - Financial Safety Net
The 2018 stock market closed with record breaking volatility, and this volatility is expected to continue. Thus, the new year opens with uncertainty and a unclear outlook for the stock market...
Posted: Sat,09 Mar 2019 06:14:34 GMT
Scott Ho
For many people, retirement is seen as a time of relaxation with the freedom to pursue hobbies, travel or other life-long passions. Some will ambitiously turn their free time into a new career....
Posted: Wed,16 Jan 2019 05:53:56 GMT
David Leighton - Financial Safety Net
You already have homeowners insurance – how is different?
Posted: Thu,08 Nov 2018 04:48:02 GMT
Scott Ho - Financial Safety Net
Insurance and Safety Tips for the Holidays
The holiday season is here. Whether you are enjoying the winter season at home with family and friends or vacationing abroad, it is important to consider the inherent risks around the holiday...
Posted: Mon,24 Sep 2018 05:27:16 GMT
Harold Goldman
Managing the Cost of Prescription Drugs After Retirement
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s not uncommon for older people to be on five or more pricey medications. The cost of those prescriptions may feel so expensive...