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

Don’t Let These Tax Situations Take You By Surprise

Retirement can be full of surprises, and hopefully yours will be the good kind! Since this major lifestyle and financial change will impact every area of your life, it probably

Protect Yourself from Social Security Fraud

Imagine that you’re entering the home stretch of your career. Preparing for retirement, you’ve decided not to claim your Social Security benefits at age 62 (the earliest age at which

Should You Avoid Stocks After You Retire?

February brought us some difficult times within the stock market, and some investors felt a bit shaken up. Sometimes these feelings lead us to make large assumptions, such as, “the

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