Wednesday, August 16

DNA Testing and Your Privacy

Have you considered DNA testing to determine your ancestry, health risks, or for other reasons? The direct-to-consumer DNA (or genetic) testing industry has been growing rapidly. There are many companies that provide test kits that allow an individual to submit a sample of saliva or blood and receive a report several weeks later. Here are some important things you need to know before you opt for testing.

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Scams That Are Easy to Fall For

Scams are so common today that most of us think we've learned to identify and avoid them. That's probably true for any obvious scams. But many less obvious or better disguised scams are easy to fall for. Every day, smart, savvy people get trapped by the following scams. Here's how they work and what you can do to protect yourself.

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Traveling Soon? Check Out These Tips

Do you like to travel? Do you like to save money when planning your travel and while traveling? Summer vacation is right around the corner. So take a look at this report and take advantage of its many tips to help you plan your travel and save money.

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Concerned About Your Privacy Online? Try These Tips

Everyday there seems to be another threat to your privacy online. Your privacy is threaten by advertisers and social media tracking you online, the collection of your browsing and search history by various sources, the collection of your data by Internet service providers (including your wireless provider) and many other methods that collect our personal information.

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How Do You Pay Your Bills? Online or Off.

We all have bills to pay. Whether it's the rent, mortgage, utilities, credit cards, or loans, bills must be paid in some way. Some people choose to write checks. Others pay online. Still others use a combination. What method works best for you?

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Don't Fall for Tax Time Scams

Scams occur all year round but some types of scams peak during tax season. The IRS publishes a list of the worst of the tax scams each year called the "Dirty Dozen." Many of these scams make the list year after year. This report highlights the several of the scams.

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Turning 65 This Year? It's Time to Sign Up for Medicare

Are you turning 65 this year? Is a parent or grandparent? One important task to take care of in the months around that 65th birthday is enrolling in Medicare. You (or your relative) need to enroll during this initial enrollment period (IEP) if your plans fit either of these situations:

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Is Paying Down Debt a 2017 Resolution? Tips for Success

Besides winter storms, January tends to bring post-holiday bills. For many people, that also brings New Year's resolutions to pay down the debt they have and do a better job of not getting into debt in the first place. Using the sound financial practices profiled in this report can help you succeed quickly.

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Take 5 Steps to Protect Your Privacy and Financial Information

Identity theft and fraud targeting your financial information and well-being continue to increase. In its latest figures, the Federal Trade Commission reported a 47% percent increases in identity theft complaints from 2014 to 2015. A Department of Justice Survey indicated that 17.6 million Americans experienced ID theft in 2014.

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Credit Report Errors Can Ding Your Wallet and Life! What to Do

Errors in the information on your credit reports can hurt your financial and personal life. Errors can lower your credit score, resulting in paying higher interest rates on car loans, mortgages, and credit cards or in being turned down for a loan. Insurance companies and employers often use information based on your credit report to make decisions; erroneous information on your credit report could mean paying more for insurance or being turned down for a job. Checking your credit report regularly using www.annualcreditreport.com can help you correct errors in a timely manner.

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FoolProof Education

FoolProof Education is a highly interactive, self-grading group of online lessons called "Modules." The Modules teach consumers of all ages about money, financial responsibility and the realities of the free enterprise system.

High School, College & Home School Curriculum

Closely aligned to the Common Core standards and state personal financial literacy requirements.

Educate Yourself, a Friend or Family Member

Choose from a wide variety of topics. Start and stop and continue at anytime.