Author Archives: Brandpoint

Tips for avoiding charity scams

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As calls for donations increase, keep these tips in mind to avoid losing your well-intentioned money to a scam. Recognize common scam periods. While scams and other ploys can arise at any time, they often increase while emotions are running ...

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The biggest holiday financial myths

A recent Coinstar survey, conducted among 2,000 adults by Atomik Research, uncovered some of these hidden attitudes toward the holidays. Myth No. 1: Regifting is in poor taste If you think regifting is a tacky solution to lightening the financial ...

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Make the most of your health savings account

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With these tips and insights, you can reap the most benefit from your health savings account. Familiarize yourself: Make sure you know how to check your balance and use the money toward your next prescription refill or doctor visit. If ...

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Why an HSA belongs in your retirement strategy

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With the increasing likelihood that Social Security and Medicare benefits may be reduced in the future, it’s more important than ever to use every technique available to maximize your retirement savings.

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Try these tips to boost your career

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The rapid pace of change in jobs means the era of one-and-done learning is over. It no longer matters what you learned in the past — to stay relevant you need to upskill.

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When to work with a financial professional

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No matter where you are in your life, some guidance from a financial professional can give you the road map toward a financial future. Some situations in which working with a professional can help: If you have little saved, a ...

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Tips for scaling your small business

A big contributor to the recent growth in the economy and to the high consumer confidence were small businesses. (Brandpoint)

As the U.S. economy continues to move at a healthy pace, many analysts are projecting a 2.5 percent growth for 2018. To take advantage of the favorable economic environment, consider these four moves to set your small business up for ...

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Real estate investments build wealth, credit

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If you love the idea of being a landlord, buying an investment property may be the wealth-building option for you. Real estate has earned its reputation as a sound investment that builds wealth and credit. Most people, however, don’t have ...

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Tips in the final stretch of the tax season

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Nearly 1 in 3 taxpayers waits until April to file their return. Here are some tips to help make the final stretch of the tax season less daunting. Get organized. Keeping good records is the foundation for everything else because ...

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How the new tax law could affect you

With the newly passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you.

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How to make sure your financial adviser is working in your best interest (access required)

If you’re looking for a financial adviser who truly has your back, work with a “fiduciary” who is legally required to place your interests ahead of their own. Some questions to ask before deciding to work with an adviser: — ...

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