Economy Still Recovering from Frigid Winter

by Anirban Basu 8. August 2014
The winter of 2013/14 was brutal. Construction starts were delayed. Merchandise sat idly at ports. Consumers stayed indoors and local government budgets were hammered by snow removal costs. For roughly three months, forward economic momentum was stymied. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. economy contracted at a 2.9 percent pace during the year’s initial quarter. For a time, economists debated whether or not first quarter weakness was attributable to the weather or... [More]

April is National Financial Literacy Month

by Spencer Tierney 16. April 2014
Every April for the past 10 years, we have celebrated National Financial Literacy Month – and for good reason. A person’s financial literacy level can always be improved. In a study conducted by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, participants were asked five questions about personal finance, and 61% of them couldn’t answer more than three questions correctly. 1. Why is financial literacy important? As the financial landscape changes, it is becoming increasingly important ... [More]

Establishing Credit for Beginners

by Sara Seeger 20. September 2013
          Maintaining a strong credit history can be one of the most difficult lifetime challenges for people; especially young people just starting out. The paradox most people face is being able to establish credit without established credit! A good first step is to apply for a credit card with requirements that are easy to meet. Credit cards are useful financial tools and a great way to establish credit – but used improperly, they can be an easy way to rack up... [More]


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