Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Lessons Of Powerball


With the Powerball jackpot eclipsing one billion dollars, an unprecedented lottery fever is sweeping the nation. Around watercoolers, in person and virtually, the entire country is consumed with conversations about how to spend a hypothetical windfall.  While you didn’t win, it’s been fun to think and fantasize about.  Some observations from listening to our members talk about the jackpot:

Hosting A Super ‘Big Game’ Party On A Budget


article image 2Big brands are paying upwards of $5 million for 30-second Super Bowl ad slots, and the city of San Francisco is forking over $4.8 million to host weeklong festivities leading up to the big game. But when the two top NFL teams compete on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, California, for Super Bowl 50, thankfully you’ll be shelling out considerably less than that to hold your Big Game party.

What Should I Look For In My Credit Report?

The beginning of the year is a time of resolutions and renewal.  Even if you’re not the kind of person who hits the gym with renewed vigor come January, getting those post-holiday credit card statements can get your heart racing. That’s why the beginning of the year is a great time to check in on your financial standing and make sure you weren’t the victim of holiday fraud and that your credit is in good shape.

Friday, January 22, 2016

IRS Scams 2016

Every year, the Detroit Auto Show brings in visitors from around the world to see the newest models from major car manufacturers.  The Consumer Electronics Expo gives us a chance to see all the new gadgets that will be on our wish lists come holiday time.  Penny Arcade Expo unveils the year’s new video games that our teenagers will be using to ignore their homework.  For those of us who spend our days protecting other people’s money, January is the time of year we get to see the newest makes and models of IRS scams.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions


By the end of January, many of us will have forgotten all about our New Year’s resolutions. It can be difficult to change our lives, even when it’s for the better.  Knowing this, we want you to know that, in your financial life, there are changes you can make today that will last the entire year.  Here are three resolutions you can set today and some follow-up goals for the rest of the year.