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Your Money: Identity Theft Protection Services

Identity theft protection services monitor and scan personally identifiable information in credit applications, public records, websites, and other places. These services almost always include a credit monitoring service that monitors your credit history and provides periodic credit scores. In fact, protecting credit is the most common reason people seek out identity theft protection services.

What Every New College Grad Needs to Know About Credit

Higher education is already a financial investment of sorts, but now that you’ve graduated, you need to keep the ball rolling by learning how to achieve a good credit score. Here are some tips to set you up for financial success.

Lessons Learned from Shark Tank

The popular TV show “Shark Tank” also offers some valuable lessons in regards to using your finite monetary resources wisely. Here are their top five tips and tricks for entrepreneurs, but they may apply to your finances or life as well.

Auto Loan: Bank or Dealership

If you are thinking about buying a car, you have probably wondered whether it is better to use dealer financing or finance through a bank or credit union. With dealer-arranged financing, the dealer collects information from you and forwards that information to one or more prospective auto lenders. Alternatively, with bank or other lender financing, you go directly to a bank, credit union, or finance company and apply for a loan. We refer to this type of loan as a “direct loan.” 

Six Steps to the Best Auto Deal

If you are in the market for a vehicle, start your journey here. You'll find tips for getting the best deal and protecting yourself and your money.

5 Financial Conversations to Have Before Getting Married

Committing your life to another person is both wonderful and stressful, with flowers to buy, a party to plan and invitations to send out. However, you should move one task to the top of your to-do list before you even look at venues – talking about your finances.

Four Must-Read Personal Finance Books

When it comes to reading books about finance, most people feel their eyes glossing over and their heads nodding off. Luckily for you, we’ve done the legwork and found four easy-to-read books that don’t skimp on high-quality advice.

Set Yourself Up for Early Retirement

Consider adopting these five tips so you can enjoy an earlier retirement without financial anxiety.

Tips for Managing Spending

Managing spending and keeping up with your budget can be difficult tasks, but there are ways to make it easier to manage your spending, reach your financial goals and improve your financial well-being.

Are You and Your Future Spouse on the Same Page About Finances?

The most stereotypical, pre-marriage conversation that can make or break a relationship is generally about children. A conversation many couples unfortunately neglect is one regarding financial goals, which is too bad considering money can be one of the most contentious aspects of marriage. A study performed by Utah State University found couples who argued about finances at least once a week were more than 30 percent more likely to divorce.1 Their survey examined a variety of indicators to determine which aspects of marital discord were the most reliable forecaster for divorce. Of all the potential disputes analyzed–ranging from sex and quality time spent together to in-laws and household chores–disagreements about finances turned out to be the most accurate signal that divorce was a likely outcome.

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