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The 9 smartest things to do with your money in your 30s

Everyone's allowed a few mulligans in their 20s, but by the time you're 30, it's helpful to have a solid grasp on your finances.<p>To stay on track, …

Personal Finance

Millennial conundrum: Pay student loans, save for retirement or buy a house?

As Millennials join the workforce in earnest, many are pondering a serious question: Focus on paying off student debt or nail down a comfortable future?<p>The answer isn't so clear. Kyle Ryan, head of advisory services at Personal Capital, says the decision isn't just about cold, hard numbers. It also …

Why More Millennials Would Rather Visit The Dentist Than Listen To Banks

Let’s face it, Millennials get a pretty bad rap. The perception is that we’re lazy, jobless, loaded with debt and financially illiterate. For this reason, many financial advisory firms ignore our needs, preferences, and values.<p>Unfortunately, some Millennial stereotypes are rooted in fact. A 2015 …

Financial Planning

5 mistakes that can tank your credit score fast

Though Americans are notorious for abusing their credit cards and taking on more debt than they should, new data shows that collectively, consumers have an average FICO score of 700. And that's not too shabby, considering that the highest possible score is 850, and that a perfect credit record is …

What Millennials Need to Know About Debt | Inc.com

There is a four-letter word that can terrify even the most ambitious and forward thinking Millennial, and that word is debt.<p>As a CPA, and an advocate for financial literacy, I have witnessed people wince at the mere mention of the word -- this is not without reason. The financial crisis that began …

The 10 Most Popular Credit Cards (Nos. 1 and 4 Are Surprisingly Not a Joke)

These cards (nine of them from retailers) are popular with consumers.<p>Carrying credit card balances is not a smart financial move, as the interest …

Is Apple Pay Riskier or Safer Than a Credit Card?

Payment experts say fears about increased security risk of mobile payments are misguided<p>More than two years after Apple Inc. introduced its mobile-payment service, many consumers remain reluctant to add a credit or debit card to their phone, concerned it may increase the risk of credit-card …

Apple Pay

How To Get $200 In Uber Rides With This Credit Card Hack

If you’re in the market for a new credit card, and also use Uber, then this credit card hack may save you money.<p>American Express is offering $200 in annual Uber ride credit for cardholders of <b>The Platinum Card® from American Express</b>.<p><b>How It Works</b><p>If you have a Platinum Card, you will receive $15 of …

Your Money: What to do with your dormant Health Savings Account

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Health Savings Account is supposed to stay with you for life, but if you do not use it, you could lose actually lose it.<p>HSAs are intended to make medical expenses more affordable by allowing consumers with high-deductible health plans to set aside pretax money in an account …

What Is Considered a Good Credit Score?

Here's what it means to have good credit, what it can do for you, and how to take your score to the next level.<p>There is no formal definition of a …

7 Things to Know About 401(k) Loans Before You Take One

7 Things to Know About 401(k) Loans Before You Take One<p>Learn the basics of how 401(k) loans work<p>Updated March 07, 2018<p>Below are seven things you need …

Beth Kobliner says today’s young people have a ‘Great Depression’ mentality

Twenty years ago, as a Money magazine staff writer, I had the idea to write a money book aimed at my peers in their 20s and 30s. My mom came up with …

Millennials, Money & Social Media: How To Avoid The 'Keeping Up' Trap

As Millennials, we need to recognize what’s really influencing our spending decisions. Do our bank balance and our budget govern how and when we buy, or does the latest Instagram post?<p>In 2015, a Deloitte report found that social media influences the purchasing decisions of 47% of Millennials. In …