American Shopping Holidays; 25 Facts about Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Last year, about 137 million Americans – about half of our adult population – flocked to malls, shops, and their favorite retailers on Black Friday. They’re spending big bucks, as U.S. consumers will throw down about $61.4 billion in sales this year, up from $41 billion in 2008. (In total, we’re expected to spend about $682 billion this holiday season!)

The name “Black Friday” actually came ...

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How often should you check your credit?

When was the last time you checked your credit? Was it six months ago? The last time you refinanced or purchased your home? Or even years ago, so far back you’re not even sure?

Well, just like getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist, getting your oil changed, and filing your taxes, you should be checking your credit report carefully at regular periods.

However, studies show that ...

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In Debt we Trust?

I came across a statistic the other day that gave me pause and made me reflect upon what so many people are doing wrong when it comes to their finances.

According to recent surveys, about 50% of Americans die completely broke.

Even worse, most people pass away not only with a net worth of zero but addled with significant debt. In many cases, that debt obligation is then ...

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Are you (or your partner) committing financial infidelity?

Money and relationships are inextricably tied, each exerting significant influence upon the other. Don’t believe me? In 2009 – during the dark days of the real estate crash and Great Recession – there were more foreclosures than marriages in the U.S.

I know what you’re thinking – there we an unprecedented number of foreclosures at that time, but the data on divorces during those financial hard ...

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Beware of Robo-Calls and the dangerous new “Yes” scam

“Yes.”

It starts that simply – with you answering affirmatively to a question from an anonymous caller on your home phone, “Can you hear me?”

But that one-word answer can instantly enable scammers to hack your accounts and steal your identity.

In fact, automated phone calls meant to defraud you are so prevalent that they’re called “robo-calls,” since criminal organizations can orchestrate millions of calls a day through ...

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Primed to revolutionize retail: 25 facts about Amazon Prime

Are you an Amazon Prime member? If you shop on Amazon.com, the world’s biggest retail site, the chances are that you’ve already signed up to take advantage of their exclusive membership subscription.

In fact, Amazon Prime has grown so quickly that it’s revolutionizing the online retail industries.  Rendering traditional buying and selling models obsolete, ‘Prime has sent shock waves around the world of product sales, leaving ...

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Everything you need to know about appraisals

If you’ve bought ot sold a home or even refinanced your mortgage, you’ve surely encountered the term “appraisal.” But what is it? An appraisal is just an informed evaluation from a professional appraiser. It attempts to define the market value, which is used by banks, lenders, and buyers and sellers.

It comes after a thorough and detailed inspection of the property in question, at which point ...

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EquiHACK! Here’s why you should be seriously angry.

Last week, the credit bureau Equifax made a shocking announcement: they’ve been hacked. Not only has the cyber security at one of the nation’s three biggest credit bureaus breached, but the personal data of up to 143 million of its customers was compromised – which is about half of all U.S. consumers.

According to reports of the hack, the information that cyber-criminals obtained from Equifax’s database ...

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20 Facts to honor and remember 9/11

On September 11, 2001, the world as we knew it changed, forever. Most of us have emotional and shocking recollections of the moment when we first saw the images of a smoking World Trade Center. We soon learned that our country was the victim of a terrorist attack, including two planes hitting the World Trade Center towers in New York City, another crashing into the ...

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