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NFCC Blog: Staying the Course

Four Smart Tips for Buying Investment Property

By Tali Wee Buying an investment property can help you build wealth, but you’ll deplete savings for the down payment, add mortgage debt, and may not see financial benefit short-term. Because of these impacts on your broader financial plan, below are four tips to consider before buying investment properties.   Buy a primary residence first? You don’t have to own the home you live in before owning an investment property. …Read More

Breadwinner Moms Make the Call

By Drew Kessler When you just can’t seem to get out from under your bills and your family’s future is becoming harder to focus on, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and a little lost. You aren’t. It’s actually the first step to tackling your money issues. While a call to an NFCC member agency is an important step to solving money problems, the first step is actually facing the fact …Read More

5 Things Every New American Should Know About Personal Finance

As the nation celebrates Independence Day, many Americans think about what it was like for the early settlers arriving on our shores for the first time. Those early pioneers faced much uncertainty when it came to basic survival and the ability to provide a secure future for themselves and their families. Today’s immigrants may not face such extreme conditions, but they do have some significant hurdles to clear when it …Read More

Improving Millennials’ Financial Literacy with Mobile Technology

By Jason Alderman The global growth of handheld digital devices among younger people is transforming the way consumers are getting their information in general and financial information in particular. On April 15, the 2015 Financial Literacy Summit, co-hosted by Visa Inc. and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, brought together senior international financial literacy experts to discuss how mobile technology can improve financial literacy for today’s young adults. Millennials refers …Read More

Savings Tips Help Take the Bummer out of Summer

By Bruce McClary Summer is a time of fun and relaxation, but the gentle breezes and the sound of the ocean surf can be replaced by the sound of an emptying savings account. The NFCC wants to help consumers avoid the top money wasters that could get in the way of fun in the sun.   Impulsive Travel – Hastily booking a trip at the last minute can be very expensive, mostly …Read More

Where and When to Find the Best Vacation Deals

By Lauralynn Schueckler These days’ vacations can end up costing you a small fortune! Luckily, it is still possible to find the best vacation deals if you know where and how to look for them. Here are some tips for finding an affordable vacation deal: Book your trip last minute If you know where you want to go and when, booking a trip last minute can save you loads of …Read More

A Guide to Travel Insurance  

By Jason Alderman Without travel insurance, medical emergencies, accidents, theft and legal threats on foreign or domestic trips can carry price tags big enough to wreck a person or family’s personal finances. Travel insurance can help, but buying smart means doing the right amount of research first and smart trip-planning afterward. Here are some tips to help find travel coverage that fits your needs and destination.   Check your personal …Read More

5 Essential Habits to Protect Your Identity in Your Own Home

By Kimberly Rotter Identity protection is more than safeguarding your credit card numbers while shopping and your passport while traveling. In addition to old fashioned pickpockets on the subway, cyber thieves are standing ready, looking for a chance to five-finger your valuables digitally. And a trusted person with access to your home can become a perpetrator when given the opportunity. “Identity theft can happen quickly, and unfortunately sometimes from people …Read More