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NFCC Blog: Staying the Course

NFCC Survey Reveals Top Financial Relationship Stressors

By Bruce McClary Nearly half of all participants (47%) in the January online poll by the NFCC responded that disagreements about money are most likely to cause the greatest stress in their relationships. Disputes about money management can begin as early as the first date, but they become lethal to relationships when they go unaddressed. As the years go by, what could have started as a constructive conversation about finance …Read More

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Considering Life Without Owning a Car

By Jason Alderman American consumers could learn from today’s millennials and their spending habits — or more appropriately, how they don’t spend. Those born between 1983 and 2000 are redefining big-ticket ownership, particularly in the area of transportation. According to an October study by U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) and the Frontier Group, millennials are driving significantly less than older Americans. Some are simply getting licensed later because …Read More

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How to Avoid Hidden Fees

By Jesse Campbell The world is a costly place. Prices go up, while income stays the same. It’s hard enough to make your money balance out when you know what you’re spending. Unfortunately, quite often we’re subject to unexpected hidden costs that throw our carefully crafted budgets for a loop. If you don’t want to pay more than you absolutely need to, stay on the lookout for these common hidden …Read More

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Give Yourself a Raise With Our New Year’s Resolution Advice

By Melinda Opperman We’re into the new year, and that means a lot of people will be looking to re-assess their personal finances, pay down debt, and recover from the financial damage the holidays may have caused. This year, we’re focusing our advice on solutions that will impact you throughout the year. It’s great to take steps like using coupons or taking advantage of sales and discounts, but we’ve got …Read More

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How to Generate Extra Income from Selling your Collectibles

By Lauralynn Mangis Have you ever watched that TV show called “Antiques Roadshow” before? I’m sure you’ve caught a late night episode or two (don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone). People seem to love that show because every once in a while someone will find something in their grandma’s attic that’s so rare it’s worth thousands of dollars. It gives people false hope, and they instantly become “treasure hunters” and start …Read More

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 Susan C. Keating Continues as President and CEO of the NFCC

By Bruce McClary The NFCC announced that the contract of president and chief executive officer Susan C. Keating has been extended for another three year term. Keating has held this position since 2004, guiding the NFCC through the many challenges associated with a changing industry and evolving consumer needs. “Susan’s combination of experience and leadership is a tremendous asset for the NFCC” explains Catherine Allen, chair of the NFCC board …Read More

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Global Study Reveals Path for Improvement

By Jason Alderman One of the first global financial literacy tests administered to 15-year-olds identified a critical element among top performers: students persevered and showed openness toward problem solving and schools had the freedom to customize lessons. That is one of the striking conclusions of the inaugural financial literacy portion of the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which evaluated the skills and knowledge of 29,000 15-year-olds in 18 …Read More

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If Economic Recovery is Passing You By, You’re Far From Alone

By Stacy Johnson Has the U.S. economy recovered? Some of the key indicators, including improvements in the housing market, unemployment, and stocks point to yes. Even so, many Americans are looking at their lives and asking, “What economic recovery?” A new report, released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development, found that millions of Americans have essentially been bypassed by the economic recovery in the United States. “Not only are these households …Read More

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What Is Wrong With My Industry? Part One

By Gary Silverman Over the next few posts  I’d like to discuss with you what I think is wrong with my industry (well, more a lecture as you don’t get to talk back). While there are many things wrong that affect me, I’d like to mostly stay on problems that affect you, the “normal” people. A lot of what I am going to talk about I’ve known for quite a …Read More

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Why Did I Receive a 1099-C From My Credit Card Issuer?

By John Ulzheimer By now you’ve probably started receiving your tax-related forms. Most of you will receive form W2, which is sent by your employer and memorializes your income earned for tax year 2014. Some of you, like me, will receive one (or several) 1099s. A 1099 is sent to people who do contract work as a non-employee. And some of you will unfortunately receive form 1099-C.   What is …Read More

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