Four Things the Easter Bunny Taught Me About My Credit

by Stacy Tharp 5. April 2012
He travels to the homes of all the good children in America in one night, he is the only known mammal able to lay eggs, AND he also happens to be a financial genius. He’s the most interesting bunny in the world. Wait, let’s back up for a second… “A financial genius?” You skeptically ask. Read on and I’ll prove it’s true. These are just a few things that the Easter Bunny has taught me about my credit. 1. Responsible behavior brings me nice rewards. L... [More]

2011 Tax Planning Tips

by Marylove Moy 23. February 2011
Do you really want to read about tax planning???? Ummm… The answer is a big YES because it can help you and your family’s financial situation. Goal number one in tax planning is to reduce your taxable income or adjusted gross income (AGI). Aside from the obvious fact that the easiest way to reduce your income is to earn less (duh!), the best way to reduce your AGI is to contribute to a (401k) or whatever retirement plan is offered to you by your employer. Your contribution reduces y... [More]

FTC on Consumer Credit

by Wade Barnes 29. May 2009
A friend sent me a link to an article by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Consumer Credit. There is a lot of useful information about credit reports and scores, how to improve a credit score, how to deal with creditors and collectors, how to protect yourself from identity theft and more. As always, feel free to drop a line (wbarnes@1stmarinerbank.com) if you have any questions.


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