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There were 43 million renters in the U.S. in 2017, the highest number of renters in the last 50 years. Yet according to the Insurance Information Institute, only 37 percent of those currently renting have renters insurance, leaving 27.1 million renters without protection should catastrophe strike. It’s important for renters to understand that while their landlord’s homeowner’s policy would cover structural damages to an apartment or home, it will not protect the renter’s personal belongings...
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If you don’t know the difference between asset-backed securities and securities, you may want to take a look at these common financial terms and their definitions. Asset Backed Securities Asset-backed securities are bonds or notes that are backed by assets such as credit card accounts receivable, auto loans, and home equity loans. Blue Chips Blue chips are well-established, well-recognized, financially stable companies. Blue Chip companies offer a variety of products and services, have been in...
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Of all the things you’ll purchase in your lifetime, it’s likely that your home will be the largest, most expensive purchase you will ever make. While homes vary widely in price throughout the U.S., the median price of a home today is close to $300,000. While there are a lot of things that you can do prior to purchasing a home, such as getting your credit in order, and saving for the down payment, the...
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At the end of the month, do you often find yourself with a lot less money than you expected? Do you have a hard time determining exactly what you spent your money on? Do you feel that you should have more to show for your hard work than you currently do? Are you and your spouse or partner always fighting about money? If any of these are true, you may want to consider creating a...
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In a recent survey by JumpStart Coalition for Financial Literacy, only 26 percent of those between the ages of 13-21 said that they had been taught how to manage money. Yet, when they turn 18, kids are signing contracts for student loans, opening credit card accounts, and in many instances, living away from home with little financial guidance available. We have a list of classes that kids need to pass in order to graduate from...
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Buying a house is one of the biggest, if not the biggest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime. Here are some tips and tricks for ensuring that the entire process is as stress-free as possible. Prior to starting your search, make sure you know how much house you can afford. It’s so easy to fall in love with a particular home, only to find out that you simply cannot afford the mortgage. To buy a...
Thomas Brunelle |
It’s certainly no secret that healthcare costs have escalated in recent years, and there’s no reason to believe that the end is in sight. But whether you have a comprehensive health insurance policy or have purchased a catastrophic policy, there are ways to save on healthcare costs. Here are just a few: 1. Stop going to the emergency room for minor illnesses. There are many reasons why going to the emergency room is a good...
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If you’ve spent more than five minutes on a kid’s television network, you’ve seen just how inundated young kids are with commercials for everything from the latest gadget, to some dreadful snack that features something gooey and/or messy. It’s also safe to bet that many of these kids run to their parents, wanting to buy some or all of these items. It’s difficult, if not impossible for younger kids in particular to understand the dynamics...
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Has a dog or cat grabbed hold of your heart? It doesn’t take much. A paw on the arm. A lick on the nose, or a soft purr or whimper can turn most of us into dog or cat parents in minutes. With animal shelters across the U.S. frequently at their max, there are a record number of dogs and cats available for adoption. Of course, there are also those that are looking for a...
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There’s nothing more exciting than buying your first home. Whether it’s a condo for one, a sprawling mansion, or anything in between, buying your first home makes you feel like a true grown-up. While you’ve probably already figured out exactly how much home you can afford, which is something your mortgage broker will communicate to you fairly quickly during the mortgage approval process, have you considered the cost of all of the other expenses associated...
Thomas Brunelle |
If you’re in your 20s, rejoice! You’re in a great position to create the life you want, starting with a secure financial future. While it’s common to feel overwhelmed when entering the workforce full time, there are a lot of things you can do fresh out of college that will help you attain your professional and financial goals earlier than you may expect. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started: 1. Hone...
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Have you ever wondered exactly what those initials after a financial professional’s name mean? You’re definitely not alone. The easy way to tell is to visit the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which provides a list of professional designations and what they mean. Below, we’ve created a short list of some of the frequently used designations and what they mean. AAMS – Accredited Asset Management Specialist – AAMS designation is considered an industry benchmark specifically designed...