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Behavioral Finance 101

Personal finance is a difficult topic for most people. It combines several different tasks that the human brain just isn't wired to handle well, like forecasting a long ways into the future, making numerical predictions and calculations based on those forecasts, and assessing risk. Moreover, buying a house, saving for retirement, or other big financial decisions tend to be emotionally charged, so making an informed decision is even more difficult.

Why the US Economy is Ok

Americans endured what was known as one the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s in 2008. The housing market boomed and then crashed – everything else went along with it. The job market was brutal, and wages simply were not competing with the rapid inflation of those times. And even though the actual recession is technically over, we are still recovering from the damage that the recession has done 7 years ago. Even more, we have seen that the stock market in the past couple of days has shown dramatic drops.

Six Ways a Credit Card Can Save You Hundreds on Back to School Shopping

Anyone who has ever stepped foot inside a department store between the end of August and the beginning of September can describe how hectic back to school shopping can be. According to the National Retail Federation, back to school shopping is one of the biggest retail seasons of the year as Americans are expected to spend nearly $70 billion on shopping for students from kindergarten to college in 2015.

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.

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 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?

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