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2014 Investing Forecast
Posted on January 20, 2014

The 2014 investing forecast might be best described as “partly cloudy.” Last year was an abnormally good year in anyone’s book. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index showed that US equities advanced by about 30%. (Source) This number is the highest ascent since way back in 1997. Things were so good, in[...]


Want to fix an error on your credit report? Here's how.
Posted on January 11, 2014

Do you know your credit score? Not everyone does, and they are quite often unpleasantly surprised when they finally get around to it. There are often errors that can bring the number artificially down, possibly disqualifying you for credit you might need for a future “rainy day.” As a result, you [...]


Retirement investment options for the self-employed
Posted on January 7, 2014

Many folks who have “regular 9-to-5” office jobs contribute to a company-sponsored retirement savings fund, be it 401K or employee pension (or both), or other financial product or service offered by their company. These are great benefits. So are the healthcare benefits, paid vacation time and sick days offered by many companies. [...]


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 [...]