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Wednesday 01/15/2020
3 Financial Planning Trends to Look for in 2020
Posted: January 15, 2020

(StatePoint) The latest financial planning trends anticipated by industry experts will have important implications for consumers.

Tuesday 01/14/2020
3 Tips for Greater Financial Health and Happiness in 2020
Posted: January 14, 2020

(StatePoint) What tops most New Year’s resolutions lists? You guessed it. Greater health and happiness. But what most Americans don’t consider is that financial health can be equally, if not more important to overall happiness than other resolutions, such as starting a new diet or joining a gym.

Monday 01/13/2020
New Survey Shows How Debt Impacts Financial Habits
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 2:49 am

(NAPSI)—At a time when Americans hold a record $14 trillion of debt, including mortgages, credit card and student loan debt, according to the New York Federal Reserve, Americans may still be doing better than they realize when it comes to debt.

Wednesday 01/08/2020
PSAT/NMSQT Score Release Provides Students And Educators With Tools And Learning Opportunities
Updated: January 10, 2020 - 2:39 am

(NAPSI)—Every autumn, more than 4 million sophomores and juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT. When students get their test results in December, they get much more than a score—they get an invitation to productive practice and a connection to distinct benefits and opportunities to support their journey to college.

Sunday 01/05/2020
DIY Tax Filers Focused on Saving Money [Video]
Updated: January 07, 2020 - 2:43 am

Tuesday 12/31/2019
America the risk-averse: Exploring people’s comfort level with financial risk
Posted: December 31, 2019

(BPT) - When it comes to finances, Americans have a tendency to play it safe and are generally risk averse. According to the latest findings from Northwestern Mutual’s 2019 Planning & Progress Study, nearly three-quarters of Americans (72%) report they are more comfortable reducing risk to ensure the safety and stability of their savings and investments, even if it means the potential for lower returns.

Monday 12/23/2019
A Desire to Live Debt-Free Spurs Many New Year's Resolutions
Posted: December 23, 2019

(NewsUSA) - With the start of a new decade just around the corner, Americans are feeling optimistic about their current and future financial situation, but reducing the burden of personal debt will be a priority for many who acknowledge they bit off more than they could chew in 2019.

A Desire to Live Debt-Free Spurs Many New Year's Resolutions
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - With the start of a new decade just around the corner, Americans are feeling optimistic about their current and future financial situation, but reducing the burden of personal debt will be a priority for many who acknowledge they bit off more than they could chew in 2019.

Friday 12/20/2019
Make Planning to Pay for College a New Year’s Resolution
Posted: December 20, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to financial resolutions, a new survey suggests that creating a plan to pay for college should be top of mind for more families.

Wednesday 12/18/2019
Six Tips For Managing Your Investments Through Divorce
Updated: December 21, 2019 - 2:33 am

(NAPS)—Not only can financial problems in a marriage be a significant factor in a couple’s decision to get a divorce, the financial fallout from divorce can leave spouses struggling to pick up the pieces.

Help For The Self-Employed
Updated: December 21, 2019 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you run a part-time business, do freelance work, or own your own business, you’re in good company. About 16 million adults in America work for themselves, and nearly half that number are baby boomers.

Tuesday 12/17/2019
Social Security’s Ticket To Work Program: Celebrating 20 Years Of Career Development And Support
Updated: December 21, 2019 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—December 17 marks the 20th anniversary of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act—legislation that established the Ticket to Work (Ticket) program and other incentives to increase access to employment for adults with disabilities who want to work. Since 1999, the Ticket program has helped over one million Social Security disability beneficiaries work for the first time or return to work and find their path to financial independence.

5 Things to Do to Prepare for a Recession
Posted: December 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Experts agree that periods of economic downturn, or recessions, are unavoidable and often follow a period of market growth. However, experts also acknowledge that it is difficult to predict exactly when the next recession will begin.

Monday 12/16/2019
The Surprising Gift on Parents' Holiday Wish List
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Forget the clothes and electronics. If you really want to please parents on your holiday gift lists, give them some help paying their kids' college costs. 

The Surprising Gift on Parents' Holiday Wish List
Posted: December 16, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Forget the clothes and electronics. If you really want to please parents on your holiday gift lists, give them some help paying their kids' college costs. 

Tips for a Stress-Free Tax Season
Posted: December 16, 2019

(StatePoint) Taxes are an unavoidable fact of life. Unfortunately, they can be somewhat overwhelming, which can cause people to put the task off and miss the deadline. Use these tips for a stress-free tax season:

Friday 12/13/2019
New Poll Shows Parents (and Teachers) Want More from Public Education
Updated: December 17, 2019 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—Americans’ satisfaction with K−12 education reached a 15-year high this year, according to a Gallup poll, but the majority of people still think it’s on the wrong track. The 2019 Schooling in America Survey by EdChoice and Braun Research digs deeper to find out why that might be.

Tuesday 12/10/2019
Holiday Season Jobs For Students
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among America’s estimated 20 million college students, the holidays could include a particular present for you: a great seasonal job.

Monday 12/09/2019
Top Five Collision Types in Military States [Infographic]
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Read on for the top five collision types in 10 states with high military presence, and five safe driving tips to help you avoid these costly accidents.

7 Tips for Using Credit Cards Safely
Posted: December 09, 2019

(StatePoint) Credit cards are a useful tool for managing personal finances and building credit, but they also expose you to a number of risks -- including identity theft and credit card fraud. Thankfully, experts say there are many simple, proactive steps you can take to help protect yourself when using a credit card. Here are seven tips for guarding your credit.

Thursday 12/05/2019
Transitioning To Work As A Young Adult With Disabilities
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:46 am

(NAPSI)—As young adults prepare to leave school and enter the workforce, Social Security’s Ticket to Work program can help make that a successful transition.

Wednesday 12/04/2019
5 simple ways to teach kids financial literacy
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Understanding finances and making smart money decisions is something many people struggle with. In fact, when asked to grade their own financial literacy most people give themselves a “C” or lower, according to new data from Prudential.

Monday 12/02/2019
8 credit score myths debunked
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Although they’re widely used and an important part of our lives, most people find credit scores confusing. Often, consumers have a lack of accurate information about how and why credit reports and scores are used by lenders. Credit reports and scores allow banks and creditors to determine their risk in lending money to you, whether for a mortgage, car or other loan. Your credit history shows how likely you are to handle your debt responsibly — and pay it back in a timely manner.

Tips for the Best Financial You in the New Year
Posted: December 02, 2019

(StatePoint) At the same time that Americans are feeling the financial pinch of the holidays, they’re gearing up for 2020, with their top two goals being to save more and increase their credit scores, according to a national consumer survey by Experian.

Wednesday 11/27/2019
Pointers On Protecting Your Packages And Property
Updated: December 03, 2019 - 2:49 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, the Postal Service™ looks forward to delivering a great deal of holiday cheer, along with more than 15 billion mail pieces. The United States Postal Inspection Service®, the federal law enforcement arm of the Postal Service, is working to keep your important shipments safe and prevent mail and parcel theft.

Four Personalized Gift Ideas for Some of the Hardest People on Your Shopping List
Updated: December 03, 2019 - 2:49 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re like many people, you’re sometimes stumped by what to give certain special folks on your list: your grandma, your mother-in-law or a cousin you rarely see.

Tuesday 11/26/2019
The Retirement Balancing Act: Safeguarding Your Retirement Nest Egg as a Caregiver
Updated: November 28, 2019 - 2:59 am

(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Census, by 2035, older generations are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history, thus increasing the need for caregivers. Millions of adults, including Boomers, are already taking care of loved ones and facing new realities that require sacrifices to provide care.

Enter the Money Smart Kids Contest to Win Big For Your Child’s School
Updated: November 28, 2019 - 2:59 am

(NAPSI)—If you think your kids could be more money conscious, you’re far from alone. In fact, according to the National Financial Educators’ Council, fewer than one in four children talk to their parents about money with any frequency. Fortunately, teaching kids about managing money can pay off in more ways than one. It can mean thousands of dollars could come to their school and other deserving recipients as part of an inspirational contest.

Monday 11/25/2019
How Much Will This Holiday Season Cost You?
Posted: November 25, 2019

(StatePoint) According to one unique and whimsical economic indicator -- The PNC Christmas Price Index -- “true loves” will find all is calm when putting the gifts under the tree this holiday shopping season.

How to Help Young Adults Build Credit History
Posted: November 25, 2019

(StatePoint) As young adults establish their financial independence, they may be overwhelmed with enticing credit card offers. Free airfare, cashback and special introductory rates may be tempting, but choosing the right card is more important than snagging some fun freebies.

Friday 11/22/2019
How to protect yourself from the lottery scam [Video]
Posted: November 22, 2019

Thursday 11/21/2019
Postal Service Tips For A Less-Stressed Holiday
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 2:42 am

(NAPSI)—The U.S. Postal Service plans for its peak season all year long. With more than 240 years of experience delivering the holidays, the Postal Service is uniquely qualified to make this magical season the best one yet. Here are some tips to help everyone have a happier, less-stressed holiday by getting greeting cards and packages delivered on time and intact.

Make Money Renting Your Second Home
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 2:42 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re ever thinking about investing in a second home or listing your property as a vacation rental, you’ll be in good company. New research on the global second-home market reveals for the second straight year that more homeowners are buying a second home to use as a vacation rental rather than for their own use. Just under half of surveyed homeowners reported buying a second home primarily for use as a short-term rental.

Americans Motivated to Improve Holiday Finances
Posted: November 21, 2019

(StatePoint) Americans are taking proactive steps to keep holiday spending in check and be financially ready for next year, according to an Experian national consumer survey.

Wednesday 11/20/2019
Get Help Getting Into The Workforce
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 2:50 am

(NAPSI)—For many Americans—maybe you or someone you care about—2020 could be a milestone year.

How Companies Can Help Employees With Student Loan Debt
Posted: November 20, 2019

(StatePoint) After paying monthly student loan minimums, many Americans have just enough to cover basic living expenses, which means that when unexpected expenses arise, they often end up defaulting on their student loans. 

Tuesday 11/19/2019
Deliver Happiness, Earn Money, This Holiday Season
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—An increasing number of people in the United States—some 17 million a year according to the experts at the American Staffing Association—are earning extra income in new and creative ways during the holidays and beyond.

Friday 11/15/2019
5 Reasons Why You Need a Financial Plan Before a Recession
Posted: November 15, 2019

(StatePoint) With speculation swirling that the U.S. economy is heading for another recession, you might be wondering what you can do to protect yourself from feeling the pinch of a slowing economy.

Wednesday 11/13/2019
Thinking About Refinancing? 5 Things to Consider
Posted: November 13, 2019

(StatePoint) Mortgage rates have recently hit near-record lows and Freddie Mac predicts rates will remain low for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday 11/05/2019
Navigating Cancer Costs? Consider These 3 Steps
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - The rising cost of cancer care affects virtually every patient undergoing treatment for cancer, including patients who have health insurance. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), a global leader in the fight against cancer, has found that patients experience the financial burden of cancer care for many years following diagnosis, as survivorship typically involves continuous treatment and follow-up care.

Monday 11/04/2019
Closing in on A Killer
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:47 am

(NewsUSA) - Lung cancer is the nation's leading cancer killer, expected to claim more than 142,000 lives this year alone. That is more than the lives lost due to breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

Creative Ways to Budget for a Cheery Holiday Season
Posted: November 04, 2019

(StatePoint) The holidays are fast approaching, making now the time to consider some wise strategies to get the most out of the season, without wreaking havoc on your personal finances.

Wednesday 10/30/2019
Let Work Incentives Work For You
Updated: November 02, 2019 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—If you receive Social Security disability benefits and want to work, Social Security Work Incentives can allow you to keep your healthcare (Medicare and Medicaid) and, in some cases, cash benefits as you begin working. These Work Incentives are designed to encourage and support beneficiaries who want to return to the workforce or work for the first time.

Monday 10/28/2019
Kick Off Your College Financial Aid Game This Fall
Updated: December 03, 2019 - 2:47 am

(NewsUSA) - Fall is here, and high school seniors (and their parents) are in the thick of the college application process.

Future-proofing Tips For Texas Building Owners
Updated: October 31, 2019 - 2:42 am

(NAPSI)—Texas is a great place for companies to do business and developers are building fast to keep up. Texas also experiences extreme weather and forces property owners to think seriously about how their new facilities can endure these extremes.

Thursday 10/24/2019
Get hitched without a hitch!
Updated: January 19, 2020 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Your wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life. To pull off the big day of your dreams, it is important to have a plan in place.

These Behaviors Make You A Scam Target
Updated: October 26, 2019 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—If you spend a lot of time on social media sites or looking for great online deals, you may wear a bullseye when it comes to scammers hunting for prey, according to groundbreaking fraud research from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust and the Stanford Center on Longevity.

Thursday 10/17/2019
6 Tips to Celebrate Within Your Means This Holiday Season
Posted: October 17, 2019

(StatePoint) For many families, the holiday season is the most expensive time of year. Americans spent over $707 billion dollars during the 2018 holidays, according to the National Retail Federation, and it would be no surprise for spending to increase in 2019.

Wednesday 10/16/2019
Explore Work With Confidence
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—With unemployment at a 50-year low, companies are eager to draw talent from a diverse pool of job seekers, and organizations have recognized the inherent value in a diverse workforce that includes qualified employees with disabilities.