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  • 1. The Money Express article series introduction Views: 156
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    Putting You in Control of Your Financial Life Click on me to replay. AC_VHost_Embed_1190(119,133,'FFFFFF',1,1,39726,0,0,0,'b1db03cc14e1ba20b0255c167fb51899',6); Managing money is a critical life skill that many of us have never really mastered. Good money management skills help you get ahead financially and help prevent others from taking advantage of you. That's where The Money Express comes in. It's Connection's way to provide useful financial information in understandable terms  More...
  • 2. Top 10 things to do to protect sensitive data on your computer Views: 93
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    Terms of Use: Your computer probably contains a significant amount of sensitive information about you that if used by the wrong person could cost you a lot of time and money. Follow the 10 steps below to protect yourself: Update your system's operating system and Web Browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) frequently . Keeping this system software updated with all the latest patches will dramatically reduce the potential that your computer can be accessed by an unauthorized user, also called hac  More...
  • 3. What things should I consider when buying a used vehicle? Views: 73
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    Terms of Use Before you start shopping for a car, you’ll need to do some homework. Spending time now may save you serious money later. Think about your driving habits, your needs, and your budget. You can learn about car models, options, and prices by reading newspaper ads, both display and classified. There is a wealth of information about used cars on the Internet: enter used car as the keywords and you’ll find additional information on how to buy a used car, detailed instru  More...
  • 4. What is AGI and MAGI as it relates to IRAs? Views: 65
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    Terms of Use Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Your adjusted gross income (AGI) is the number at the bottom of page 1 on your income tax return, IRS Form 1040 or 1040A. On Form 1040EZ, adjusted gross income appears on line 4. Specifically, it's your gross income minus so-called above-the-line deductions. These include: deductible IRA contributions (as well as deductible SEP, SIMPLE and Keogh contributions) student-loan-interest deduction deductible contributions to medical savings accounts an  More...
  • 5. What are some things that I should consider when shopping for a mortgage? Views: 63
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    Terms of Use Table of Contents 1. Obtain information from several lenders 2. Obtain all important cost information 3. Obtain the best deal that you can 4. Remember: Shop, compare, negotiate 5. Fair lending is required by law 6. Credit problems? 7. Glossary 1. Obtain Information from Several Lenders Home loans are available from several types of lenders-- thrift institutions , commercial banks, mortgage companies, and credit unions. Different lenders may quote you different prices, so you sh  More...
  • 6. What should I know about pension plans? Views: 61
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    Terms of Use: There are a variety of pension plans offered by private sector employers today. This information offers an explanation of traditional defined benefit pension plans insured by Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC): what they are, how they operate, and the rights and options of the workers covered by them. Table of Contents Traditional Pension Plans Predictable, Secure Lifetime Benefits Trends Pension Plan Provisions Federal Insurance For Your Pension Pension Checklist Other   More...
  • 7. 7 Success Principles for raising money-smart kids. Views: 60
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    Terms of Use Every day, consumers are learning new ways to get more value for their money. From different ways to pay-such as credit, debit or smart cards-to home banking and shopping over the Internet, people are realizing that they have more control over their money and more ways to use it. Parents and caregivers are uniquely positioned to teach kids the life skills, values and understanding they need to become smart consumers. The goal of this series of articles is to help parents and careg  More...
  • 8. Quick cost cutting: gasoline Views: 58
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    Terms of Use: With gasoline prices rising fast and furiously, there has never been a better time to tune up your car and practice energy wise driving techniques. Below is a list of tips that will not only improve your car's gas mileage, but also improve your car's overall performance and safety while reducing wear and tear on your car's engine. Driving Tips The first place to start is to drive smart. By simply practicing efficient driving techniques you can improve your car's fuel economy by mor  More...
  • 9. How should I go about defining my investment goals? Views: 57
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    Terms of Use Define Your Goals This knowledge article is part of a series of knowledge articles aimed to help you define your roadmap to savings and investing. To review the table of contents for the articles, click here . What are the things you want to save and invest for … A home? A new car? Your education or that of a child? A comfortable retirement? The needs of your parents? All of these goals will cost money. To make sure that you will have enough money when you need it, follo  More...
  • 10. Can I get a credit report for free? Views: 56
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    Terms of Use Credit reports contain a wealth of information about your credit history. Consumers now can get a free copy of their credit report. It's important to review your credit report at least annually to ensure it is accurate and that you have not become a victim of identity fraud. A study by U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that one in four credit reports contains errors serious enough to cause consumers to be denied credit, a loan, an apartment or or even a job. Some of th  More...
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