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Americans Saving More Than Last Year

Key findings from the recently-released 2016 Financial Literacy Survey indicate that Americans are sharpening their focus on personal savings, with slight increases among those who say they are saving more than last year (26 percent in 2016 vs. 24 percent in 2015). The portion of those contributing income toward non-retirement ...


5 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score Today

(TNS)—A great credit score is the key to getting the financing you need. Whether it’s a car loan or a mortgage — the higher your score, the more likely it is that you will qualify for favorable terms on your next loan. ...


How to Fix Mistakes on Your Tax Return

(TNS)—Although electronic filing has drastically cut down the number of errors when filing tax returns, mistakes can still happen. Whether you e-file or mail your taxes in, it’s not hard to imagine that you might botch your tax return — and not realize ...


Leading by Example: Grow Your Business with a Real Estate IRA

Those of you who have achieved the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation know what it means to lead by example; CRS agents have been in the business nearly three times longer, have ...


Consumer Prices Inch Up for First Time in Four Months

(TNS)--Consumer prices inched up in March for the first time in four months, largely driven by higher gas costs, the Labor Department said Thursday. ...


5 Immediate Steps to Start Planning for Retirement in Your 40s

(TNS)--Did you know that 80 percent of 40-years-olds are behind on their retirement savings? This is according to GOBankingRates.com’s recent retirement savings survey. ...


Owner Optimism Outpaces Home Appraisals in Latest Quicken Loans Study

Quicken Loans has announced home values, as determined by appraisers, were an average of 2.17 percent lower than what homeowners expected in March according to the company’s proprietary national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). ...


You Have 3 Extra Days This Year to File Your Taxes

(TNS)—If you’ve left your tax return for the last minute, or don’t have the cash just yet to pay Uncle Sam, you may be relieved to know that you can squeeze a few more days out of the calendar ...


5 Things to Know about the New Rules for Retirement Advisors

(TNS)—You might think the people you hired to help arrange your retirement finances have to put your best interests first. That’s not always the case. ...


5 Steps to Take If You’re Late on Your Taxes

(TNS)—Everyone misses a deadline every now and then, whether it’s at school or at work. But if you miss the federal tax-filing deadline on April 18, you could be facing more than just a bad grade or a lecture from your boss — ...


Your Retirement May Be in Jeopardy from Saving Too Little

(TNS)—Only 21 percent of Americans are “very confident” they ever will have enough money for retirement, and many are worse off than they think, according to a new study. ...


Fewer Lenders Report Easing of Credit Standards

The share of mortgage lenders reporting easing credit standards over the prior three months fell for the second straight quarter, according to Fannie Mae’s first quarter 2016 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey™, conducted in February. The share of lenders who expect to ease credit standards over the following three months fell ...


3 Things You Need to Do to Retire by 40

(TNS)—The average retirement age in America is 63, according to an analysis by financial technology company SmartAsset. However, plenty of people don’t retire until after age 65, and some never retire — either by choice or necessity. ...


Financial Market Conditions Move Forward

Financial market conditions appear to be improving as 2016 progresses, but economic growth is expected to remain flat at 2.0 percent this year. Weakness in net exports and oil-related nonresidential investment as well as the ongoing inventory correction process after unsustainable accumulations ...


First Mortgage Debt Climbs while Home Equity Lending Drops

According to data from the National Consumer Credit Trends Report, the total balance of outstanding first mortgages in January is more than $8.3 trillion, an increase of 2.1 percent from same time a year ago. Conversely, during that same period, the total outstanding ...


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