21 Financial Red Flags (Part 2)

These days, so many people are struggling financially, failing to save, awash in debt and student loans, shut out from home ownership, and wondering how they’ll retire comfortably. So it’s more important than ever to identify the red flags in our financial picture, and then fix them.

In part one of this blog we covered the first 7 financial red flags to look for. Here are 7 more to identify in case you’re inadvertently sabotaging your finances, and most importantly, action ...

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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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Will employers start imbedding RFID chips in their employees?

Will your employer – or even the government – require that you get implanted with a RFID chip in the near future? It sounds like something out of a dystopian science fiction movie but in fact, when it comes to RFID implantation, the future is already here – and may be coming to your workplace soon.

Epicenter, a Swedish company, has installed microchips in the hands of its employees. The chips, about the size of a grain of rice and easily ...

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The Top-10 Blue Water Credit Blog Posts of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close and we look ahead to 2016 with fresh hope, optimism, and lofty goals, eager to face the challenges it will hold. But before we turn off the lights on 2015, we wanted to recap the best blog posts of the year. Here are the top Blue Water Credit bog posts of 2015 as chosen by you. Thanks again for clicking, reading, sharing, and being a part of the Blue Water Credit family. We look ...

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How much will you spend on interest payments in your lifetime? This number will shock you!

How much interest will you pay over the course of your lifetime? If you add up all the interest the average person spends on mortgage payments, car loans, and credit cards, the aggregate number is pretty starting: $279,000.

That’s the amount of total dollars spent (or wasted, depending on how you look at it), over a consumer’s lifetime when you factor in the typical use of debt, loans, and finances. But that number could easily jump higher for some consumers, or ...

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Shhh…secrets, sex, and scandal; 40 Facts about the Ashley Madison.com hack.

By now, you’ve probably heard water cooler whispers and seen tabloid headlines about the Ashley Madison.com scandal, a website for extramarital affairs that was hacked this summer – and the private list of members released to the public. The aftermath certainly isn’t pretty, but not just because of the ethical issues of cheating that will certainly end a lot of relationships and damage families. But the hack also raises other important issues in our society, like internet security, cyber terrorism, ...

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Men are from Mars, but women have better credit scores.

When it comes to men and women, which sex can claim top honors for their credit scores? A recent study by the credit bureau Experian revealed some interesting differences about men and women when it comes to managing their credit and knowledge about how scores and reporting work, and it may not be what you expected.

Making lending or credit decisions based on gender is illegal in the United States, so few bother to collect data and do comprehensive studies. But ...

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The great American savings drought.

The terrain is drying up like never before, with no sign of relief or reversal. But we’re not talking about California’s scorching water shortage, we’re referring to the financial landscape and the great American savings drought, as people are saving less and less money for a rainy day. In fact, new studies show the current personal savings rate is only about 2% in the U.S., near an all-time low.

The savings rate bottomed out at 1.5 percent in 2005 before it took an ...

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The average wedding costs HOW much?!

The cost of a wedding has risen precipitously in the United States over the last few years, even bucking the trend of people cutting back through the Great Recession and uncertainty economic times. In fact, “For better or for worse, until death do us part,” has never come with a higher price tag. And it’s not just because of the rising cost of wedding halls, bands, cakes, and dresses have gone up; couples are choosing to customize their nuptials with ...

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Rooftop revolution! 10 important questions about going solar at home.

1. Why solar?

There are many benefits to installing solar technology at your home or work: solar energy doesn’t harm the environment or depend on non-renewable fossil fuels, helps heal the environment, creates local jobs, and reduces our reliance on foreign powers for energy. But most importantly, going solar will save you money as a homeowner and energy consumer.

2. How much will it save me?

Let’s get right down to the numbers! Once they go solar, homeowners see an immediate and significant ...

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