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The Death of Credit Cards

Everywhere you look today, people are using their mobile devices to make and accept payments. From the coffee shop to the taxi stand, the wine bar to the tire place, tiny swipe-and-go devices are replacing the traditional cash register.

But is this sudden reliance on all things mobile for transmitting the most sensitive data premature? How can you keep your identity safe, your customers' identities safe and your company safe while still keeping up with the latest technology? Here are five tips to consider as you decide when, where, how, and how much to make the switch.

Do Rich People Have Better Credit Scores?

It is often assumed that rich people have very high credit scores. The reality is that many different factors are considered in a credit score, but the amount of money a person has is not on that list.

Are You Really Getting All Those Bonus Points?

One of the specific reasons that people sign up for credit cards is the promise of racking up lots of bonus points for spending money on things they ordinarily consume, such as eating out, buying groceries, or having a night out on the town. When you get a glimpse of your monthly statement and see only a pittance in new reward points barely enough to redeem for a set of plastic plates and silverware, it's no wonder why some people wonder if there's a glitch in the credit card company's computers.

Can Student Loan Debt Jeopardize Retirement?

If you have student loan debt, could it hinder your chances of retiring the way you want to or retiring at all? The answer to that question depends on what type of debt you have, how much student debt that you have and what your retirement timeline is. In some cases, cosigning on a student loan could have an impact on the length and quality of your retirement.

Are You Cheating On Your Budget?

A household budget helps finances run smoothly, eliminating surprises and setting a clear path for every dollar that comes into the house. However, some people have a hard time making their budget work for them. If anyone feels trapped by their budget or feels like it just never works, they might actually be cheating on their budget. This can happen consciously or subconsciously. A successful budget requires complete honesty and recognition of the natural desire to enjoy life. So how does one avoid cheating on their budget?

Will the Greek Debt Crisis Affect Your Finances?

The Greece debt default has been a major story in Europe for the past several years and has been a major influence on currency markets and international stock markets. Now that Greece has officially defaulted on its debt, the belief is that the country may be about to exit the European Union. Could the issues surrounding Greece's finances have an impact on your personal finances?

Are You the Right Age for a Mortgage?

Thanks to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, mortgage lenders are prohibited from using factors such as age, race, color, sex, nation of origin, marital status or receipt of public assistance as cause for denial of a borrower's loan application. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about your age before applying for a mortgage.

How to Deal with Tricky Money Situations

Anticipating the financial challenges that life might throw your way can be difficult, and that’s why it’s a good idea to think about such situations far in advance. Most families at some point are going to have trouble making ends meet, and how you elect to address those problems will have a major impact on how long they might last. When is it wise to use a credit card to bridge a monetary gap? Should you consider seeking a loan from a family member? Are you saving enough during the good times to handle a possible bad stretch?

How Big is Your Emergency Fund?

Running a household requires careful planning and preparation for a wide range of potential problems. An emergency fund (rainy day jar) is a way that individuals can demonstrate prudence in acknowledging that while no one can predict when something bad will happen, chances are high that something bad will happen at sometime in all of our lives. How big is your emergency fund?

Are Banks Becoming Obsolete?

With all of the technology involving banking and financial accounts, everyone is beginning to wonder, "Are banks becoming obsolete?" While there are many arguments on both sides, many of the current financial trends (and technology trends) indicate that we could be closer then we think to this scenario. What will it take for us to cross the line or reach the point when we no longer need banks at all?


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