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The Affordable Care Act and taxes: What you need to know
(BPT) - While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no longer new, each year brings changes to the health care law. As you undoubtedly know, the ACA is inextricably linked to taxes so keeping up with annual changes is important. Given tax season is now well underway, here's what you need to know when pr... More >>

3 tips for evaluating what your business is worth
(BPT) - Financial and business education is a critical pathway for the future of America’s small business community.To start with, business owners should ask themselves: “What is the true value of my business?” It’s an important question because the value of your business wi... More >>

New year, new financial goals [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Capital One Bank surveyed Americans on their New Year’s resolutions and uncovered that the majority of individuals are hoping to make 2016 one worth celebrating financially. As you look at your future, no detail or expense is too small when trying to get a sense of your overall fina... More >>

Visualizing success: 6 ways to set yourself apart in business
(BPT) - More than half a million new businesses emerge onto the scene over the course of each month, according to Forbes Entrepreneurs. But even more businesses shut down than start up. Whether you’re a new business owner or an employee looking to take your career to the next level, it’... More >>

How to get your tax refund in days vs. weeks
(BPT) - As 2016 begins, managing your money better may be at the top of your New Year’s resolution list. What better way to tackle that resolution than filing your tax return early. You know there’s a big advantage to getting it done early — getting the refund fast. But did you kn... More >>

Tax refund spending habits [Infographic]
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Tips on using a balance transfer to become debt-free
(BPT) - If you’re carrying a balance on your credit card, don’t worry — most Americans are too. In fact, the average U.S. household carries just over $15,000 of credit card debt, which isn’t a bad thing when managed properly. Let’s look at the big picture.You most like... More >>

Think 'inside the box' to protect your financial well-being
(BPT) - From complicated passwords to smart home security systems, it seems like everyone these days is coming up with novel ways to protect themselves and their family, and keep their valuables secure.We all want to feel safe. However, almost 60 percent of adults believe the overall level of risk ... More >>

A resolution to keep: Save more money
(BPT) - Almost every New Year, money-related goals rank near the top of resolution lists, right alongside “eat healthier.”The struggle is real. Many try to save money — at least for a few weeks — by bringing a sack lunch to work, driving past their fancy coffee shop or ignor... More >>

5 tips to protect your identity and celebrate refund season
(BPT) - The holidays may be over, but refund season is just beginning, and there’s a lot to celebrate. This tax season, while consumers are eagerly awaiting their refund, tax preparation companies, tax officials and the IRS are working together to combat one of the fastest growing threats for... More >>

Making the most of college financial aid: 7 tips you should know
(BPT) - What do parents of toddlers and parents of high school students have in common? Both worry about paying for college. With the constantly rising costs of higher education, financial aid becomes more important than ever for making the dream of a college education possible. So if you’re ... More >>

The quick guide to home financing
(BPT) - It’s an all too familiar monthly event: you write out a rent check and wait for the funds to disappear from your bank account. But what if instead of making endless payments on something you don’t own, you could own a home of your own? When you finance a home purchase with a mor... More >>

Live long and financially strong with these 3 tips
(BPT) - By 2029, more than 76 million baby boomers will be 65 or older, according to recent Census estimates. While there is great upside to increased longevity, there are also challenges. Inflation, climbing health care expenses and ebbing safety nets are complex dynamics to navigate through an ex... More >>

These 3 steps will help you get out of debt this year
(BPT) - Providing for a family. Getting an education. Striving for the American dream. Sarah Thomas of Bono, AR, was like so many others, trying to better her life. She got a master’s in nursing in order to give herself and her son a bright future, but soon after found herself overwhelmed by ... More >>

5 simple ways to kick-start a financially healthy 2016
(BPT) - You banked your holiday bonus and landed that raise you’ve been hoping for, but the post-holiday bills are coming. You may be wondering what more you can do to ensure you’re on the right track financially in 2016. Fortunately, you can do a lot right away to start the year off st... More >>

6 instant ways to get more cash to tackle post-holiday bills
(BPT) - Maybe you managed to stay on budget this holiday shopping season, or maybe you went over (62 percent of people who make a holiday budget do blow it, according to a survey by Coinstar). Regardless, you’re eager to get rid of those holiday bills as quickly as possible in the new year. B... More >>

5 tips for creating a sound financial strategy
(BPT) - Many people want to know the secret to financial success. Whether they should be saving more, protecting more, investing more or spending less — everyone wants a silver bullet to set them on the road to financial success. There is no silver bullet.The key is to have discussions with y... More >>

This year, resolve to make the most of your employee benefits
(BPT) - Many Americans start the New Year by resolving to improve their lives by exercising more, losing weight or making other changes. Based on research findings, one in five should resolve to put their financial house in order.Research by MassMutual shows that many Americans struggle with their ... More >>

Kickstart your financial resolutions: 5 tips to get you started
(BPT) - Whether you’re working on saving for a financial goal or just looking to keep your spending on track, it is important to start the new year off on the right foot to accomplish your resolutions.It isn’t easy, in fact, only one third of Americans felt they accomplished their finan... More >>

3 financial habits to make in 2016
(BPT) - As 2015 moves to a close, people are deciding what their New Year’s resolutions should be. Usually, the list tends to focus on BREAKING bad habits. We say buck the trend and focus on MAKING good habits. In the immortal words of Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellenc... More >>

Resolve to make difficult times easier for your loved ones
(BPT) - There are few traditions as optimistic in spirit as resolution setting. Every Jan. 1, millions of Americans make resolutions. In 2015, the second most popular resolution — behind dieting — was to become better organized, according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute rankin... More >>

Generational retirement planning
(BPT) - New research finds a link between inheritances and retirement preparedness. For many, life insurance proceeds can help close the gap between what the next generation will have and what they need.A recent study indicates that 52 percent of Americans are at risk of being unable to maintain th... More >>

College: Footing the bill without sacrificing your financial future
(BPT) - Families who have children heading off to college are likely navigating an array of options when it comes to actually paying for higher education. A new white paper by Prudential Financial titled Paying For College: A Practical Guide for Families, seeks to dispel some of the misconceptions ... More >>

Financial resolutions: Are you saving for retirement?
(BPT) - The start of a new year is a great time to look forward with a fresh outlook, as well as to set goals. As you think about what you want to accomplish next year, consider your financial savings habits. How much are you putting away for the future? Could you begin to save for retirement, or i... More >>

Baby boomer owners fret more than 'in-control' millennials
(BPT) - Chase’s “Survey for the Ages” quizzed baby boomer (ages 51-69), GenX (35-50) and millennial (18-34) small business owners on topics from technology and job satisfaction to digital payments, loyalty programs and banking. The results found that millennials are more likely to... More >>

What you can do to protect yourself from card fraud in 2016
(BPT) - You may have already received your new credit or debit card equipped with a microchip. If you haven’t received your new chip card, you most likely will by the time your card expires. The EMV chip technology is intended to help reduce debit and credit card fraud, and thanks to a collab... More >>

Mobile banking can play critical role in monitoring holiday shopping budgets this season
(BPT) - The average person will shell out approximately $805 on holiday spending this year, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s a significant increase in spending for most people, and in the excitement of shopping, purchasing and doling out gifts, it can be easy to forget abou... More >>

Life insurance can mean more than protection for your loved ones
(BPT) - Most people who own life insurance don’t think about it often. It’s something they pay for under the assumption that the benefit will be received when they are no longer around. But when you own life insurance, you can go to sleep at night with the confidence that you’re h... More >>

4 ways to focus on what's important this holiday season
(BPT) - In the midst of the busyness and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to lose sight of the important things in life, like spending time with those you love and making a difference in the lives of others. This year, take a step back and consider these four suggestions from Thrivent ... More >>

The truth about consumer awareness of chip-enabled credit cards
(BPT) - A giant change to the daily shopping experience is taking place in the United States in the battle to fight fraud. And research shows Americans know little about it.The shift to chip-enabled credit and debit cards and a new point-of-sale process, where customers insert or “dip” ... More >>

Sell your home this winter, reduce competition, stress
(BPT) - Stop waiting — go ahead and put your home on the market. Even now, with temperatures dropping, airports bustling and retailers prepping Black Friday deals, it’s a good time to sell.In fact, Greg Jaeger, vice president at USAA Bank and former real estate agent, says waiting could... More >>

Picking next year's work benefits? Check to see if these 4 innovative offerings are on the table
(BPT) - The last months of the year don’t just usher in the holidays, they also herald the arrival of open enrollment for employee benefits at many American companies. While you’re rushing to fulfill your holiday gift list, it pays to take a few moments to consider what benefits you&rsq... More >>

Think you're too young for retirement planning? Think again
(BPT) - More than half of Americans are at risk of being unable to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement, with younger households in worse shape than those approaching their retirement years.The younger generation has already seen a reduction in their future Social Security... More >>

Watch your back: Payment scams common in online buying and selling
(BPT) - Shopping on the Internet can be fun, convenient and a great way to find bargains or unusual merchandise. Similarly, selling unwanted items through online commerce sites can be a win-win for all involved. But not everyone is honest, and if you’re not aware of potential scams, online bu... More >>

4 easy hacks to save time and money this holiday season
(BPT) - Dashing around online,On a holiday shopping spree,Over the budget we go,With no time left for me.The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year — as well as the most overwhelming. From finding the perfect gift for that special person, to attending various parties or celebrati... More >>

Making last minute tax adjustments for 2015 could save you money
(BPT) - With 2015 coming to a close, it might be prudent to consider making adjustments to manage your tax liability.Compare your income now with what you anticipated when you set up your 2015 tax withholding or estimated tax payments. Is the income what you expected? More? Less? If more, do you ne... More >>

Protect your investment money from being 'claimed' by the government
(BPT) - Imagine logging into your investment account to check on your mutual fund, only to discover the money you invested for your child’s college and your retirement was suddenly gone. You immediately call your financial adviser or fund company and, to your surprise, learn the state where y... More >>

How to score Black Friday-worthy deals every day
(BPT) - Black Friday: the unofficial holiday when retail promotions peak, and the winter holiday shopping season kicks off. Americans across the country scour the Web or wake up before dawn to beat the crowds and score bargains on their most wanted products. But deals don’t only have to happe... More >>

Is financial fear making it difficult for you to give?
(BPT) - What do you do to give back? Do you volunteer your time, your skills or your knowledge? Do you pride yourself on being a generous person?Generosity has always been seen as a positive virtue, and new research from Thrivent Financial shows Americans are placing more emphasis on being generous... More >>

5 tips for businesses to cut energy, save money
(BPT) - Companies across the nation are looking for ways to become more energy efficient, and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are no exception. Reducing energy consumption is one of the top areas where SMB leaders need more guidance — up 14 percent from the previous year, according t... More >>

Millennials 'chronically' stressed but optimistic about financial future
(BPT) - Millennials — those between 18 and 34 years old — are now the largest generation in American history, constituting 25 percent of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. They’ve surpassed baby boomers in number and are poised to exceed that generation’s f... More >>

Protect your family's valuables like the rich and famous
(BPT) - Where can you find more Olympic gold medals and Oscar awards than anywhere else? Here’s a hint: It’s the same place where more precious jewelry, gold, moon rocks, Super Bowl rings, lottery tickets and priceless art are located than any other place in the world.The answer is less... More >>

Think you know life insurance? Think again
(BPT) - When you think about life insurance, do you think flexibility, financial goals and retirement income? If not, you may be like many Americans who believe the only purpose for life insurance is to help pay funeral costs and provide an income for survivors. While that may be true for term life... More >>

Looking to buy a home? 5 mortgage steps you need to know
(BPT) - The home loan process can seem intimidating, especially for a first-time homebuyer. It is not a simple process, but it doesn’t have to be too complicated. There are many resources available to help you prepare for your home buying journey, and your mortgage lender can answer the quest... More >>

Make the most of your employee benefits with these 5 tips
(BPT) - Most American workers say they understand the importance of their employee benefits and personal finances, yet two out of five admit they know little or nothing about them, new research finds.As employee benefits season begins, most people seemingly have their financial house in order, sayi... More >>

5 ways to maintain a long distance relationship without going broke
(BPT) - There is no other way to put it: Long distance relationships are no joke! Keeping the flames burning when your bae lives 2,000 miles away in Mexico can be a challenge for your emotions and your pocket. So, here are a few tips on how you can make your long distance relationship a little easi... More >>

4 ways to protect yourself against advanced fee and prepayment scams
(BPT) - When you’re reading through your daily emails, you most likely check the spam folder, deleting the strange and unwanted items from your inbox. But what happens when one slips through the cracks? Perhaps it’s from a phony loan company, with emails, websites and documents that app... More >>

New flexible spending account options will help you stretch your money
(BPT) - As we head into the 2016 annual health care enrollment period, the benefits of different plan options may seem hard to decipher. Like many employees, you may have never considered a flexible spending account, or FSA. In fact, only about 30 percent of workers who have an FSA available to the... More >>

Save time and money with an FSA [Infographic]
(BPT) - The variety of options available during the annual health care open enrollment period may seem confusing. Because of this, you may have never considered a flexible spending account, or FSA. This handy tool will help you make informed choices and understand the benefits of an FSA account, wh... More >>

4 ways to spread cheer and save your wallet this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is often dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many Americans, it can be an incredibly stressful time financially. The National Retail Federation predicts a 4.1 percent increase in sales this year, with the average American set to spend an esti... More >>

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