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Financial Counseling

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling is the largest serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. Find various topics in this blog, including personal finance, credit counseling, housing, budgeting and student loan help. Click here to speak with an NFCC-certified Consumer Credit Counselor.

The NFCC Congratulates NerdWallet for their Recent Award

 By Tara Carter Congratulations to our friends at NerdWallet for their Honorable Mention in the Most Innovative Non-Bank Financial Services Organization category at the 2016 BAI Global Banking Innovation Awards! Those nominated for this award are non-bank financial service organizations that provide financial products or services directly to consumers.[i] NerdWallet stood out among many others with their free online Checking Account Tool that evaluates 14 inputs from users against more than …Read More

5 Myths About Credit Counseling

 By Steve Nitz NFCC member agencies provide financial education to millions of consumers each year. These appointments can be either in person, over the phone or online. However, there’s a good amount of the country’s population that’s afraid to schedule a counseling appointment due to a number of misconceptions. Here are five myths about credit counseling, debunked: I. Credit counseling will hurt your credit score Possibly the biggest misconception when …Read More

Researchers from The Ohio State University reveal the impact of credit counseling.

Since its launch in 2013, the Sharpen Your Financial Focus (Sharpen) initiative of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) has impacted the lives of more than 60,000 American consumers, helping them identify and resolve immediate financial concerns, gain a deeper understanding of financial literacy and debt management, and move toward long-term financial stability. To measure the extent of its impact, an independent, scientifically based evaluation was conducted by researchers at …Read More

What to Discuss With Your Potential Financial Advisor– Part 3

 By Gary Silverman We continue the series on how to find a financial advisor. Today we’ll whittle down your list. You’ve found an advisor or three who look like they might be a good fit for you…but how do you know? First, I’d schedule a meeting. Most financial planners and advisors will offer a free introductory meeting so that you can kick their tires and they can see if you’re …Read More

‘Innocent Spouse Relief’ Protects Against Tax Fraud

By Jason Alderman I’ll wager that when most brides and grooms utter the phrase, “For better or for worse,” the “worse” they’re imagining probably involves situations like getting laid off or a prolonged family illness – not being the victim of tax fraud perpetrated by a current or former spouse. Married couples typically file joint tax returns because it lets them take advantage of certain tax credits and other benefits …Read More

Choosing a Financial Advisor – Part 2

 By Gary Silverman Investment advisor, financial planner, financial advisor, stockbroker, registered investment advisor, insurance agent, retirement planning specialist, personal financial specialist…what the heck do all these mean and what do they all do? Heck if I know. You see, some of the designations above require specific licenses, some infer a certain level of expertise, and some don’t have any requirements to them at all. Instead of going through a very …Read More

Should You Seek Help From a Credit Counseling Agency?

By Matt Bell I was surprised to read recently that there’s been a strong drop in the number of people turning to credit counseling agencies for help in paying back their debts.  After all, plenty of people are still struggling under the weight of too much debt.  Gail Cunningham, spokesperson for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, said, “I think some are just tired of trying and have given up.” …Read More