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NFCC Blog: Staying the Course

NFCC Announces Housing Client of the Year

By Mark Foster Working for a nonprofit is a very rewarding experience; making a difference in people’s lives every day. Nonprofit Credit Counseling of Arkansas (CCOA), a member of the NFCC, made a positive difference in Linda Burton’s life. Linda, a 78-year-old widow, was recently named the NFCC’s Housing Client of the Year at the annual NFCC conference in Seattle. Five and a half years ago, the Springdale, AR resident …Read More

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The Do-It-All Roth IRA

By Gary Silverman Occasionally I counsel younger couples about finances. They share a problem with most of my older clients: They can’t do it all. There’s just not enough money in the budget (and perhaps on Earth) for everything they want to do. However, often with a younger couple it’s not so much that they can’t do it all—it’s more like they can’t do any of it fully. Think of …Read More

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Novadebt Changes Name to Navicore Solutions

By Drew Kessler Novadebt, a leader in the field of nonprofit financial counseling and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, recently announced the organization will begin operating under a new trade name effective October 31st and will be known as Navicore Solutions. “Navicore Solutions reflects the expansion of our service portfolio of compassionate counseling solutions and clearly conveys our mission of helping people navigate life’s challenges, which is at …Read More

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NFCC Honors Achievements in Financial Literacy

By Gail Cunningham The NFCC was pleased to honor five individuals with the prestigious Making the Difference Award at our recent conference held in Seattle, WA September 28-October 1. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to assisting consumers with financial literacy, awareness and education. The following distinguished and deserving leaders were honored with a 2014 Making the Difference Award: Kevin Rhein, senior executive vice president, chief information …Read More

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Will Your Kids Inherit Your Debt?

By Jason Alderman Many people finally get around to writing a will in order to safeguard their assets for their heirs. But what if you’ve got the opposite problem: Your nest egg was decimated by the recession, bad investments, or simply living longer than expected and now you’ve got a mountain of bills you can’t pay off. Will your kids inherit your debts after you die? The short answer is, …Read More

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4 Considerations Before Buying into an HOA

By Tali Wee  Homebuyers are inundated with countless property assessments and inspections during their buying processes, but many overlook thorough evaluation of homeowners associations (HOA). In certain communities, homeowners are required to join HOAs and pay monthly fees as membership. Typically, community members govern their HOAs, setting community guidelines, managing disturbances, solving safety concerns, and creating new rules to maintain satisfactory curb appeal for all properties within the community. HOAs hold …Read More

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Consumer Reporting Agencies Follow Your Moves

By Jason Alderman By now, you’ve probably heard about the Big Three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion), which monitor your financial history and issue credit reports and credit scores to potential lenders. But did you know that there are dozens of other specialty consumer reporting agencies that track your history for activities that may not appear on your regular credit reports – things like bounced checks, late utility payments, …Read More

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Parents: You Have to Talk Money Before You can Teach Money

By Neale Godrey President Obama proclaimed this past April to be National Financial Capability Month, commonly referred to as National Financial Literacy Month and said “…we renew our drive to give all Americans the tools to navigate the financial world and gain the economic freedom to pursue their own measure of happiness.” This goal may be hindered because many of us were brought up with the idea that there were two …Read More

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What Does a Working Kitchen Need?

By Donna Freedman A blog post over at Get Rich Slowly asks readers which cooking utensils/equipment they couldn’t live without. “In the kitchen: When less is more” posits that plenty of the things marketed as necessities end up as just so much culinary clutter. “How much do you need to have a working kitchen?” asks writer Lisa Aberle. Good question. My comment on the post became pretty lengthy – so lengthy, …Read More

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NFCC Honors Clients of the Year at Annual Leaders Conference

By Gail Cunningham Not many people would say that accumulating $38,000 in credit card debt was one of the best things that ever happened to them. Nonetheless, that’s how the NFCC’s 2014 PACE Clients of the Year, Jonathan and Hope Unverzagt, sum up their experience. The Unverzagts were honored with the prestigious award during the NFCC’s recent conference in Seattle, WA. It was a happy ending with a rocky beginning. The …Read More

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