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Save Money While Vacationing Abroad

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Save Money While Vacationing Abroad

Exploring foreign shores and dining on exotic fare are what make up many dream vacations. But when you suspect a money changer has taken you for a ride or you’ve busted your budget after only two days, it can quickly become a nightmare. Here’s how to get the most for your money while vacationing overseas: 1.) Use credit cards Swiping your plastic while abroad will help you avoid the hassle and uncertainty of exchanging money. Before you board your flight, determine whether your card has a foreign transaction fee. If it does, you’ll need to apply for a new one. Also, make sure your credit card company knows about your travels and won’t flag purchases as fraud....

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What You Need To Know About The Petya Attack

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on What You Need To Know About The Petya Attack

A massive cyberattack swept through Europe this week, throwing hundreds of businesses into chaos. The attack originated in Kiev, Ukraine, and quickly spread to the Middle East and the United States, affecting businesses, hospitals and financial institutions. Ukraine was hit the hardest, with systems compromised at its central bank, municipal metro, in Kiev’s Boryspil Airport and at the Ukrenergo electricity supplier. Here’s what you need to know about Petya: 1.) What is Petya? Petya is a strain of ransomware. It encrypts the victim’s computer, rendering it unusable unless the victim pays a ransom. Petya demands that $300 be paid to a static Bitcoin address, and...

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Kick Off A Safe And Healthy Summer

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Kick Off A Safe And Healthy Summer

Memorial Day is the traditional start of summer, meaning outdoor time, swimming, picnics and travel. Here are tips to keep your family healthy, happy and far from the ER. Not Looking Forward To Swimsuit Season? If you want to lose weight, says Lisa Lillien of the Hungry Girl website, don’t use crash diets, just make healthy choices. Spend weekend time prepping proteins and veggies. Then for a hot dinner, just throw the ingredients together. Have smart snacks around: jerky, protein bars, nuts, fruit. Eating more often seems counter intuitive, but prevents overeating at mealtime. More about food: At picnics, keep mayonnaise salads cool. Enjoy them straight from the...

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Apple Pay, Tokenization and Security

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Apple Pay, Tokenization and Security

Apple Pay, Tokenization And Security: How To Stay Safe With The Wallet Of The Future   Whether you love Apple’s user-friendly and reliable products or hate the price tag and the status symbolism they represent, you’ve got to admit: The company knows business. Apple saw the future of finance and the future of technology rapidly merging and figured out a way to cash in on it. The iPhone 6 and newer phones come with a new technology that’s set to change the way you pay for things. They’re capitalizing on that technology with a payment system of their own: Apple Pay. Apple Pay takes advantage of two developments in payment infrastructure to save...

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The Importance of Written Estate Plan Documents

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on The Importance of Written Estate Plan Documents

“When I pass away, make sure that Jimmy gets my old rifle.” More likely than not everyone has either heard a friend or relative say something along these lines, or in fact have themselves made such verbal declarations regarding their particular assets. While this is an endearing means for people to plan the distribution of their assets following their deaths, unless these desires are made in writing, then these verbal declarations are legally useless. Moreover, even if an individual does expressly write how to distribute the assets which they had accumulated during their life, unless that writing is done in accordance with the particular state’s laws governing...

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Debt Consolidation: Not A Silver Bullet, But Still A Good Idea

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Debt Consolidation: Not A Silver Bullet, But Still A Good Idea

Using a personal loan to refinance your existing debt can make your debt more manageable. You’ll have one monthly payment at one interest rate instead of many smaller bills due on different days of the month. Will personal loans work for you? 1.) Have I fixed the debt problem? Think about why you’re in debt. If a medical bill, job loss or some other temporary hardship describes your situation, the fact that you have a job or have paid the medical bill means you’ve solved the problem that caused the debt in the first place. If, on the other hand, you accumulated debt by overspending on credit cards, a debt consolidation loan may not be the answer just yet. First...

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