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Do you have an emergency fund?

In weather and in life, rainy days are inevitable. From natural disasters and economic hardship to car repairs and medical bills, the unexpected happens, and it can be expensive. Insurance coverage, support networks and government aid are important safety nets, but they aren’t always enough. That’s why experts recommend having an emergency fund to prepare ...

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How long to keep your tax, financial and other documents

With the start of tax season, you’ll probably find yourself digging through paperwork in the months ahead. Depending on how many documents you have on hand and how well you organize them, this can be quite the task. To make your tax preparation easier, reduce the clutter in your home and keep your important information ...

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5 bad credit habits to break in 2019

Are your credit habits ready for a new year resolution? If you’re like many Americans, you may be able to improve your credit health and your finances by changing a few of your credit practices. Here are five bad credit behaviors that should be broken in 2019.

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Renovation loans: how to finance your home improvements

Renovating a home can be a worthwhile investment. Whether you want more space, new amenities or updated finishes, a renovation can deliver it. While a home improvement project can come with a big price tag, renovation loans are available to help finance the work and make your dream home a reality.

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6 tips for building and maintaining strong credit scores

Good credit scores can be an important asset, especially if you’re planning on applying for major financing like a mortgage in the future. With strong scores, you can often qualify for more financing options and borrow at lower costs. How to obtain and preserve high scores isn’t necessarily easy or obvious, though. Here are six ...

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