When you think of the word “compromise,” your first instinct is to, of course, react with fear. Your mind begins to race as you try to figure out how this happened. And, in doing so, it’s easy to assume that your credit union, bank or credit card company failed to protect your private information. But the truth is that, more often than not, the compromise isn’t the result of a mistake made by your financial institution.
As a VyStar Financial Counselor, I am often the bearer of bad news: No, I do not think that playing the lottery is a prudent retirement strategy. And your chances of some distant relative dying and leaving you a huge amount of money are only slightly better than the lottery scheme.
Each year, there are hundreds of data breaches across the country and around the world. In 2016, more than 10 million passwords became available through these breaches. While breaches are an unfortunate part of our world today, the important lessons they teach us can help us better secure our data in the future.
Every April, many taxpayers wait until the last minute to file their federal income tax returns. Despite this tendency, there are many reasons to file your taxes early. If you will receive a refund, you may want to submit your return as quickly as possible.
After the financial whirlwind of the holidays, tax season always seems to sneak up on us as one of the most dreaded times of the year. No matter how many times you’ve been through it, it’s still so easy to feel nervous when you’re faced with the inevitable responsibility of properly and promptly filing your annual taxes.
By: Brian Corson, CR210 Branch Vice President and Money Makeover Coach
The New Year is an exciting holiday. It symbolizes fresh beginnings and renewed opportunities to accomplish our goals. It is also a time to reflect on, and learn from, our experiences and express gratitude for all we have.
You start off the new year with the best intentions ... Save more money. Pay off debt. Stick to a budget. Like a well-oiled machine, you’re ready and revved up to accomplish your financial goals, whatever they may be.
Millennials have grown up on technology like personal computers, cell phones and the Internet. And while they may be tech-savvy, millennials are also the most blasé about how technology can lead to identity theft.
I would be willing to bet that, at some point in your life, you’ve been offered a retail credit card during a checkout experience. And if you haven’t, you’re sure to be offered one during your holiday shopping. At first, you might wonder if you have enough time to fill out the application before all the big-screen TVs are gone, or if the discount will be big enough for what you’re buying.
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