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Balance Transfers 101: How to Lower Your Credit Card Debt

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Jan 17, 2020 10:32:01 AM

Here’s what you need to know before you consolidate credit card debt.

A balance transfer is exactly what it says it is: the movement of a credit card balance over to another card. Borrowers like balance transfers because they can transfer higher interest debt to a lower interest card.

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Topics: Credit Cards, Debt

Managing Your Money in Times of Change

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Jan 17, 2020 10:25:51 AM

Moving to a new city? Changing jobs? Beginning or ending a relationship? All of the above at once? New life changes can be exciting, but also overwhelming. No matter where life takes you, you’ll want to stay in control of your finances.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Life Changes

How to Protect Yourself From Mobile App Fraud

Posted by Monica Parks on Jan 15, 2020 11:29:22 AM

I love burritos, but I had to delete an app developed by a chain restaurant that allowed me a convenient way to get my burrito fix. I’ve been putting it off for months, but I finally decided that the convenience wasn’t worth the risk. Let me explain.

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Topics: Security, Credit Cards, Scams

How Your Credit Union Protects Your Accounts From a Cyberattack

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Jan 10, 2020 8:52:08 AM

We recently had a member reach out to us to ask if we are prepared for a possible cyberattack. The member had been following recent headlines about international unrest and was concerned about the safety of the credit union. If you, like this member, have ever questioned whether Hanscom Federal Credit Union is taking measures to protect against such an attack, we assure you that we take cybersecurity very seriously. In this blog post, we will explain the safeguards that we exercise and share five things you can do now to protect your accounts.

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Topics: Security

How to Find the Right Broker for Your Investment Property Purchase

Posted by Phil Purcell on Jan 10, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Many things play a part in your journey to investment property ownership, starting with finding the right real estate agent or broker. There are literally hundreds to choose from so where do you begin?

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Topics: Business, Investments

Questions to Ask Before Investing in Real Estate

Posted by Phil Purcell on Jan 4, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Being a real estate investor is an appealing idea for many people. It can seem like a fun and lucrative way to make some extra money. But, of course, it’s not quite as simple as that. Before you sink money into an investment property, you need to know what your ultimate goal is:

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Topics: Investments

Fraud Alert: Here's Why You Shouldn't Abbreviate 2020

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 3, 2020 8:45:38 AM

Police departments around the country are warning citizens in their communities to avoid abbreviating 2020 when they're writing out dates, especially on checks, contracts, and other important legal and financial documents. 

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Topics: Security, Personal Finance

How to Keep Your Financial Resolutions in 2020

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Jan 1, 2020 12:15:00 AM

It's now 2020, a number synonymous with clarity and vision.

So what better time to take a good, hard look at your finances?  

Consider making a resolution to save money, one of the best ways to secure many happy new years ahead.

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Topics: Insurance, Investments, Personal Finance, Life Changes

5 Things You Need to Know About Gift Cards

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Dec 30, 2019 7:00:00 AM

What do gift cards and laundry-day socks have in common?

Both disappear at alarming rates.

Nearly six in ten consumers put gift cards on their holiday wish lists this year, ahead of all other types of sought-after purchases, yet so some many of them drift to the back of desk drawers or sink to the bottom of purses, never to be seen again — or spent. 

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Topics: Personal Finance

3 Tips to Boost Your Credit Score Quickly

Posted by Diana Burrell on Dec 27, 2019 9:01:11 AM

If you're thinking about buying your first home or a new car but are worried your credit score will prevent you from making these purchases, we have three pro tips to help you boost your credit score quickly, which may help you qualify for a better rate on your mortgage or pay less for those dream wheels.

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Topics: Auto, Home, Credit Cards

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