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How to Build an Emergency Savings Fund

September 14, 2018 Brian V. Lee

A recent study found that 57 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, while 69 percent have less than $5,000. That’s not enough to get you through an emergency. Here’s how to build an emergency savings fund. Emergency savings [ . . . ]

Freeze Your Credit, Don’t Lock It

August 20, 2018 Brian V. Lee

A new law — the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act — takes effect on September 21, 2018. The law requires the big three credit bureaus to offer free fraud alerts and credit freezes. Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion [ . . . ]

What Happens to My Debts When I Die?

August 7, 2018 Gina Mangiaracina

When planning a future for your loved ones, you do not want your legacy to include a mountain of debt. Many people are unaware that their debts can continue to haunt those they leave behind. Whoever you select to manage [ . . . ]

Are You ALICE? 43 Percent of All Americans Are

June 8, 2018 Brian V. Lee

The United Way has released a study on Americans they classify as ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The study found that this group does not make the money needed “to survive in the modern economy.” Are you [ . . . ]

Too Big to Fail, Small Enough to Jail

May 9, 2018 Brian V. Lee

The 2017 PBS Frontline documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the story of the Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a family-owned community bank situated in NYC’s Chinatown. Abacus became the only financial institution to actually face criminal charges following the [ . . . ]

Avoiding Bank Fees

March 14, 2018 Brian V. Lee

Bank fees are a turn-off, and you should avoid them if you can. Shop around before you open a bank account and know what you’re talking about when you go into a branch. Here are the most commonly charged bank [ . . . ]

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