What Happens if You “Freeze” Your Credit?

As you might have heard, the recent Equifax security breach leaked the names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of about 143 million Americans. With this information now in the hands

How Does the Federal Interest Rate Hike Affect Your Wallet?

Some news is a mixture of good and bad, and that’s certainly the case with our topic today. Last month, the Federal Reserve announced a rate hike. With the benchmark

Can Filing Separate Returns Save You Money?

We know that married couples often take advantage of a valuable tax deduction by filing joint returns. But that deduction doesn’t always provide the most benefit for everyone. In some

Your Credit and Identity Are at Risk During Travel

Anyone can fall victim to identity fraud, and the result damage to their credit history, at any time. Having said that, travel brings additional risks to your personal information, for

What Happens If You File Your Taxes Late

Tax season is underway, and millions of Americans have already filed their returns. Of course, it’s more tempting to procrastinate if you’re expecting to owe the IRS, and even more

5 Times You Should Check Your Credit Report

You could think of your personal credit report as a health history for your finances. But unlike your actual health history, which is unlikely to fall prey to tampering, your

Will Your Heirs Escape the Estate Tax?

In the past, those inheriting large estates often faced severe taxation. These situations often prompted wealthier individuals to pursue some complicated, creative estate planning maneuvers aimed at avoiding the bulk

Does the New Tax Plan Affect Your Deductions?

As you have probably heard by now, in December Congress finally passed a sweeping reform to our income tax system. While many of the bill’s effects remain to be fully

Honing Your Financial Skills in Retirement

As you approach your expected retirement date, you probably picture yourself enjoying a long, healthy retirement. You have many years ahead of you to enjoy the best of what life