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This Week's Money News Can Improve Your Finances

Posted by Diana Burrell on Oct 4, 2019 5:30:00 AM

This week, it was scams, scams, scams...online scams, dating scams, and phishing scams. Read on to learn how to protect yourself from crooks eager to rip you off.

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How to Increase Your Home Value Before An Appraisal

Posted by Diana Burrell on Oct 1, 2019 12:17:35 PM

If you're applying for a home equity loan or HELOC (home equity line of credit), you'll want to make sure you get approved for the maximum amount you can. That figure will hinge on the appraised value of your home. Even if your property needs a lot of work — one reason why you might be applying for a loan in the first place! — a little TLC ahead of an appraisal can ensure you're approved for the loan amount that helps you achieve your goals. 

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Topics: Home Equity

This Week's Money News Can Improve Your Finances

Posted by Diana Burrell on Sep 27, 2019 4:47:00 AM

This week, see how Americans' credit scores have improved, understand last week's drop in the prime interest rate, and learn the tried-and-true way to build wealth.

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Here's The Difference Between An Heir And A Beneficiary

Posted by Diana Burrell on Sep 18, 2019 7:45:00 AM

Many people use the terms "heir" and "beneficiary" interchangeably, but there are important differences between the two designations. Here's how an heir and a beneficiary differ:

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Topics: Estate Planning, Death, Investments

3 Ways to Build Wealth with Direct Deposit

Posted by Diana Burrell on Aug 27, 2019 2:17:09 PM

If you're a fan of direct deposit, you know how much time it saves you: there's no running to your financial institution with a paper check in hand, hoping you'll get there to cash it before closing. You don't have to wait around for your check to clear before you pay your bills. And you'll never spend time worrying if your check got lost in the mail, or worse, stolen.

Direct deposit is dependable and simply makes life easier. But did you know direct deposit can also help you build wealth? Here's how:

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Topics: Savings, Checking, Work, Investments

5 Ways to Cash Your First Payroll Check

Posted by Diana Burrell on Aug 23, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Receiving your first paycheck at your first job is a rite of passage into adulthood. It feels good to look at that piece of paper and know that you earned the income it represents. Your hard work means you have money to spend as you like!

In the past, there was only one way to cash that check: You signed the back and brought it into your financial institution, where it might take a few days to clear before you got your money.

Today, there are multiple ways to cash your first payroll check...and you don't even have to wait for the check to clear with some of them! Here's how:

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Topics: ATM, Checking, Work, Mobile Banking

IRS Introduces New Tax Withholding Estimator

Posted by Diana Burrell on Aug 9, 2019 7:54:00 AM

Earlier this week the Internal Revenue Service introduced its new Tax Withholding Estimator, a mobile-friendly online tool that will help taxpayers determine the right amount of tax they should withhold each year. This new tool replaces the IRS's old withholding calculator, which was targeted specifically to workers whose wages are reported on Form W-2 . The new Tax Withholding Estimator also lets self-employed workers, retirees, and other taxpayers figure out the right amount of tax withholding based on their wages and/or pension payments.

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Topics: Taxes, Work

Here's How to File a Claim for the Equifax Data Breach Settlement

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jul 26, 2019 1:09:09 PM

Earlier this week Equifax settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and 50 U.S. states and territories, agreeing to pay out up to $425 million to consumers whose personal information was exposed during their data breach. Approximately 147 million people were affected by this breach, so if you were one of them, here's what to do:

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Topics: Credit Card, scams, security

Sign Up for Free Financial Education This Summer

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jul 9, 2019 1:14:48 PM

As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, Hanscom Federal Credit Union is accountable to its members — that's you! — and not a profit-driven group of shareholders. This means it's in our best interest for our members to have financial tools at hand and the wisdom to make sound decisions about their money. When our members do well, we do well, and it's why we offer free financial education for anyone who's looking for a secure financial future.

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Topics: College, Credit Score, Financial Wellness, Investments

Become Scam Proof: Tips From Our CU Senior Safeguard Panel

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jun 7, 2019 2:54:00 PM

Scams targeting older adults are on the rise. It's a nearly $40 billion industry, and as thieves conjure up new schemes and technology grows at light-speed, the number of scams is likely to increase exponentially. In the face of such growth, how can you protect yourself or older family members from becoming victims to crooks?

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Topics: scams, security, Retirement

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