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Why you should file your taxes ASAP
Posted on January 4, 2014

Now that 2014 is upon us, it will be tax season before you know it. Getting your income taxes filed early is always a good idea, if for no other reason than the great feeling you get when it’s over. But there are other, more tangible, reasons that can have a positive effect [...]

Prevent Identity Theft over the Holidays
Posted on December 19, 2013

It’s beginning to look a lot like … people are happier shopping online during Cyber Monday than fighting the lines during Black Friday (and the entire weekend thereafter). Statistics show this year’s Cyber Monday sales were up 20.6% over the same “online holiday” last year. But along with more online sales comes [...]

Average student loan debt nears $30K
Posted on December 9, 2013

There is no question that a college degree is an integral piece of the puzzle on the road to finding a good job and rewarding career. For example, high school graduates with no college degree had a 17.9% unemployment rate in 2012, while their counterparts with degrees experienced a 7.7% rate (source). Unfortunately, a college[...]

One-dollar coins remain the red-headed stepchild of the currency family
Posted on December 5, 2013

Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, even fifty-cent pieces, to a degree, are a part of American financial culture. So why, then, are the $1 coins so unpopular and unwanted? A recent article, “U.S. Currency: Coin Inventory Needs Better Performance Information” yielded some startling statistics. They are so unused that the Federal Reserve Banks hold about[...]

Will the dollar bill soon be made out of plastic?
Posted on November 21, 2013

Soon, when you’re asked, “Will that be paper or plastic?” it could be referring to something different than shopping bags. For example, it could be referring to the money you spend on those groceries – and everything else, for that matter. There are many countries in the world that are converting (or are at least [...]

Supreme Court to decide once and for all (hopefully) if severance pay is taxable
Posted on November 15, 2013

These days, terminated employees receiving severance packages happen quite frequently. Sometimes it happens voluntarily, such as during a layoff; other times, it happens after the employee has won a lawsuit against his or her company. It could even be required by state or federal law, or be part of a company’s policy. Severance pay is [...]

Ari Page On Blog Talk Radio
Posted on November 14, 2013

Ari Page, the CEO of Credit Card Builders, appeared recently for a guest spot on Club Wealth Radio, a show on Blog Talk Radio dedicated to real estate agents, investors and brokers. Ari joined host Michael Hellickson to discuss the work Credit Card Builders do in helping people obtain business credit and corporate credit at [...]

Paying the dead? In the case of Medicare, yes.
Posted on November 5, 2013

Perhaps you thought it couldn’t get much worse for the folks in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid due to the part they’ve played in the botched roll out of the Obamacare Website. If you thought that, you would be wrong. Now, there’s news that a recent study by the US Inspector General has Medicare [...]

Low salaries of fast food workers cost us all in the long run
Posted on October 30, 2013

There are many people who would love to have a job… any job. But even if you have one, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to make it without some help. Fast food workers are the perfect example. A recent study by the University of California Berkeley Labor Center and the University of Illinois [...]

Why rural banks are sometimes a better source of credit
Posted on October 23, 2013

There was a time, not so long ago, when most banks were local. Until the early 1980s, most people conducted their financial transactions at a bank that was chartered and owned in the county in which they lived. As a result, these financial institutions were of the “small” and “local” variety (source). Enter the deregulation [...]