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It turns out money really can buy happiness!

“Money can’t buy you happiness,” is a mantra we tell ourselves regularly, put on bumper stickers and even teach our children. But is it true?

Probably not, it turns out, as studies point to the positive correlation between income and levels of happiness. So having more money really will make us happier?

Somewhat, but there are certain important distinctions to make before we start blindly chasing dollar signs in hopes for inner bliss.

First, we’ll go over the research:

One of the first stabs ...

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Have you ever wondered what’s on Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian, or even Oprah’s credit report? This data hack reveals the private financial lives of top celebrities and politicians.

No one is safe from data breaches and credit report hacks, even the top celebrities and politicians in the U.S. – including those in the White House. That’s the lesson we’ve learned over the past couple years, as hackers have infiltrated some of the most famous people in the world, making their sensitive financial and credit information public.

In one such case, a suspected Russian hacker group released the credit reports of 17 politicians, musicians and celebrities, including their most intimate ...

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​Vanity, Incorporated. Just how much do we spend on looking good?

Looking good is big business around the world, but no one spends more on cosmetics, beauty products, surgeries, and grooming than people in the U.S. In fact, in 2015 alone, the beauty industry generated $56.2 billion in the United States (to put it in perspective, the medical technology industry makes only $44 billion every year).

But is our spending on vanity out of control? You be the judge once you read these facts about the beauty industry:

Goldman Sachs estimates that the ...

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BWC makes the Sacramento Business Journal’s list of Fastest Growing Companies in the region for the second year in a row.

Blue Water Credit has done it again – ranking as one of the fastest growing companies in the Sacramento region, as recognized by the Business Journal. The “Biz Journal”, the preeminent business and commerce news source in the California capital, releases an annual list of the 50 fastest-growing companies in Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado counties, and 2016’s list shows that Blue Water Credit has earned the prestigious designation not just once, but twice in a row now.

The list, compiled ...

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Trended Credit Data is the new “trend” in Fannie Mae underwriting

There is a new “trend” in mortgage loan underwriting, but thankfully, it’s not Pokémon Go, skinny jeans, or wearing a smart watch. Instead, the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), commonly known as Fannie Mae, announced that they will soon require all lenders to use “Trended Credit Data” when underwriting single-family homes for mortgage loans.

In case you’re not up on the latest “trends” (if you see hundreds of young people walking around like zombies at your local park staring at ...

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The U.S. pet industry is barking, biting, and booming like never before.

Do you own a pet? Chances are, you either have a beloved pooch or frisky feline in your care, and if so, you probably spend a hefty sum of money keeping them fed, healthy, happy, and even entertained. In fact, the pet industry is one of the largest niche segments of household discretionary spending, and has even proven to be recession proof over the last 5+ years. Of course we can’t measure our love for the loyal family dog ...

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Is it possible to have a perfect credit score?

When you think of “perfection,” what comes to mind? Does perfection mean setting a new World Record on your way to a Gold Medal at the Olympics? How about achieving a perfect score on the SATs? Or “perfect” to you might just mean a quiet day at home without the kids and nothing on your To Do list!

But no matter your definition of perfection, there is one objective standard that is perfectly difficult to achieve: getting a perfect credit score.

While ...

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15 Ways the Placer Food Bank serves and enriches our local community

At Blue Water Credit, we often educated our clients and friends about financial matters, from credit score and home buying to debt and savings. But today, instead of breaking down why you should put more money in the bank, we’re going to highlight another very important bank deposit that’s critically needed by millions of Americans: a deposit in your local food bank.

It’s a sad reality that that many people are hungry or food insecure (where they don’t know where their ...

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How will Clinton v. Trump affect your wallet? Comparing their policies on trade and job growth, taxes, and student loans.

Until Tuesday, November 8th the United States will be consumed with talk, discourse, and debate about the Presidential election, with people weighing in whether they’ll vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. But if we look past the sound bites and social media banter, how will each candidate affect the economy if elected?

In this series of blogs, we’ll outline the economic policies of Clinton and Trump, and how these changes will impact the ...

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20 Facts about Craigslist, the world’s community bulletin board

Are you looking to buy a used car, find a used barbecue for sale or rent a new apartment? How about get a better job, sell a fish tank, or even meet local people doing fun things in your area? If you’re like many people in the U.S., you might be turning to Craigslist.

In fact, Craigslist (craigslist.org to be specific) is the world’s biggest online classified ads section and community form, devoted to posting personal notices for jobs, housing, items ...

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