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NFCC Welcomes New Members

By Bruce McClary The NFCC proudly announces the addition of two new members. NeighborWorks Umpqua and Take Charge America who joined the NFCC during the first quarter of the year, bringing the total membership to 77 agencies with nearly 600 community-based locations across America. “We are pleased to welcome NeighborWorks Umpqua and Take Charge America as the newest members of the NFCC,” said Susan C. Keating, president and CEO of the …Read More

NFCC Releases 2015 Financial Literacy Survey

By Bruce McClary The NFCC and NerdWallet, a personal finance website, released the results of the 2015 Financial Literacy Survey conducted online on their behalf in March by Harris Poll among more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18-plus. In its ninth year, the survey provides a look at the American consumer’s level of knowledge as it relates to financial literacy, as well as trends associated with personal finance behavior. In the …Read More

A Vacation That Won’t Ruin Your Finances

By Mark Foster Vacations are right around the corner for many families. If you’re not careful, a trip can hurt the family’s finances, making it difficult to pay the bills. To avoid this, the first step to vacation planning is to decide where you want to go, right? Wrong! The first step is to look at your finances and calculate how much vacation you can afford. There’s no sense in …Read More

NFCC Supports National Retirement Planning Week®

By Drew Kessler The NFCC is proud to announce that it will be supporting National Retirement Planning Week® 2015 – a national effort to encourage Americans to plan for their financial needs in retirement. National Retirement Planning Week® 2015 will take place from April 13 to 17. The week is organized by the National Retirement Planning Coalition – a group of prominent education, consumer advocacy, and financial services organizations, which recognize …Read More

FAFSA Primer: How to Navigate Through the College Aid Maze

By Jason Alderman Figuring out college financial aid can be complex. Today, applying for assistance starts online – with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a 130-question form that determines who qualifies for a piece of $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds. Whether you’re a parent with a child currently in diapers or a student planning to graduate high school fairly soon, it is worthwhile …Read More

Vehicle Maintenance Tips to Save You Money

By Lauralynn Mangis This is the time of year when keeping up with vehicle maintenance becomes so important. As the snow and ice begin to melt the roads are littered with huge pot-holes. It is a good idea to make sure your car is in the best shape possible to avoid accidents or other damage from happening. The most important thing a motorist can do to extend the life of their …Read More

What is Wrong With My Industry? Part Three

By Gary Silverman This is the last part of a series designed to show you how to spot the bad folks in the investment world (my world). So far we have covered people who lie, cheat, and steal; people who act recklessly; and now I want to look at people whose judgment is clouded by conflicts of interest. Anytime someone is giving you advice, one of the most important things …Read More

How to Avoid an Online Vacation Rental Scam

By Jason Alderman Imagine you’re planning a much-needed vacation. You rent a home using an online site and pay in full to secure the deal. You board your flight and travel to your destination, excited to be far away from work and ready to relax. You arrive at your rental to get the keys – and find out you’ve been scammed. Here’s how it typically works: Cyberthieves create a fake …Read More

Credit Counselor Dunn: Debt Relief and Stress Relief

By Cliff Goldstein Career experts often say the key to professional success is finding a vocation that matches your passion. By that measure alone, Robert Dunn is a success. As a credit counselor for Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo, Dunn spends his days helping people understand their finances and make better decisions about their money. “My strength, and what makes my heart beat, is helping people who need help,” says …Read More

NFCC Receives $2.3 Million Housing Grant

By Bruce McClary The NFCC is pleased to announce that it has received a grant award totaling $2.3 million from NeighborWorks® America to support foreclosure prevention efforts through its member agencies. The NFCC grant is part of $44.8 million in federally appropriated funds awarded through NeighborWorks® America’s National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program to 18 HUD approved Housing Counseling Intermediaries, 25 State Housing Finance Agencies, and 68 community-based NeighborWorks® organizations to …Read More