Author: Brian Acton

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Could an I bond protect your portfolio from inflation?

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As inflation rates rise, consumers are struggling to find room in the budget for rising costs. But inflation has been good for the performance of Series I …

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Why the government is warning against this risky retirement investment

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  Fidelity Investments, one of the nation’s biggest retirement plan providers, announced it will introduce bitcoin as a 401(k) investment option for plan participants later this year. This …

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Could ‘buy now, pay later’ actually help your credit score?

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  ‘Buy now, pay later’ loans will soon appear on your credit report. The three major credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and Transunion — have each …

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Traveling to Russia or Ukraine could make you uninsurable. Here’s why

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  At least one major insurer has added Russia and Ukraine to the list of travel destinations that will result in an automatic denial of life …

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Do you need war risk insurance?

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  Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has raised the specter of a greater global conflict. Whether or not the war remains localized, the citizens and organizations caught in …

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Why most people don’t get mortgages from banks anymore

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  The housing market is continuing its hot streak with mortgage applications surging into the holiday season, a time when demand typically cools off.  Getting approved for a …

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14 ways to save at CVS

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CVS is a one-stop shop for prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, but it also carries a wide variety of personal and home products. If you frequent …

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Here’s how you can build credit in 2020

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Whether you have great credit, bad credit or you’re somewhere in between, the principles you must follow to build your credit are generally the same. Improvement …

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6 steps to prepare your money for a divorce

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There is no one-size-fits-all manual for getting divorced. When spouses split, many variables come into play, including state laws, income and assets, dependents and whether the …

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How millennials are changing banking

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From dining and real estate to health care and farming, companies are adjusting to appeal to the millennial generation, projected to become the largest in America. The banking …

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Should I tap my retirement account for a down payment?

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When you buy a home, putting a down payment toward your purchase can make a big difference. It may help convince the seller to accept your …

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How to rollover a 401(k)

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An employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plan is one of the best ways to save for retirement. They’re easy to set up, you can contribute directly from your …

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How to win at Memorial Day weekend car sales

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Car dealerships often run sales events on major holiday weekends to get new customers in the door. But with all the competing offers and red tape …

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6 things to do when you have a second baby

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When it comes to having a baby, some things are just easier the second time around. You have a better idea of what to expect. You’ve …

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7 ways to invest outside of the stock market

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For the everyday investor, stocks are the bread and butter investment of any portfolio. They’re easy to trade, not too difficult to understand and have the …

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3 health insurance myths that can raise your rates

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The cost of health insurance is a major concern for the majority of Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll. Health care costs are a complex …

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I received a life insurance death benefit last year. Do I need to pay taxes on it?

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Life insurance policies name a designated beneficiary or beneficiaries to receive a payout, or death benefit, in the case of the policyholder’s death. The beneficiary will …

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6 ways to boost your tax refund

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If you’re worried you won’t be getting a big tax refund, you’re not alone. According to the IRS, the average size of tax refunds is down …

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Groundhog Day: 5 times Bill Murray movies gave great financial advice

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Groundhog Day is the 1993 classic comedy film that asks the question “What happens when a TV weatherman, played by Bill Murray, starts reliving the same …

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Owe Uncle Sam? How to save enough by April 15

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If you owe the federal government additional taxes after filing your returns this year, you have until April 15 to pay without penalty. But if you …

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5 tips to make doing your taxes less painful

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No matter how simple or complicated your finances are, doing your taxes always involves some level of hassle. At the minimum, you have to compile your …

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6 documents every freelancer needs to file their taxes

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There are more than 50 million freelancers working in America today in just about every field imaginable according to Upwork and Freelancers Union. If you’re earning …

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This is why you need to get travel insurance to protect your trips this year

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Even though it’s only the beginning of the year, you’re likely already planning your 2019 vacations. If you plan on traveling at all, you should consider …

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The big reason to file your taxes in January

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For most Americans, the deadline to file tax returns with the IRS is April 15. But there is one big reason you may want to file …

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6 ways to save on home & auto insurance in 2019

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If reducing your expenses is a priority for 2019, you should take a hard look at your home and auto insurance policies. There’s a good chance …

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9 ways to pay off your debt in 30 days

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Paying off large debts usually requires a long-term game plan. But just a couple of easy steps can help you pay off your smaller debts in …

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7 financial things you can do in the time it takes to cook Christmas dinner

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Cooking Christmas dinner for the family can be time-consuming and stressful. But sharing a meal at the end makes it worthwhile. Some financial tasks can take …

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How to avoid charity fraud this holiday season

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Many Americans focus on acts of generosity and kindness during the holiday season. That equals big benefits for good causes. “There’s a pretty big spike in …

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How to make sure your Christmas lights don’t burn your budget

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If you’re famous around the neighborhood for your holiday lights display, you know that lighting up the block for the holiday season isn’t easy. You have …

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Celebrate National Fast Food Day with these deals

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November 16 is National Fast Food Day, and the best way to celebrate is by pulling up to your favorite fast-food joint. Fast food is already …