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Banking on the go: The future of digital banking [infographic]
(BPT) - Digital banking technology keeps making it much easier for U.S. consumers to manage their finances on the go. So easy, in fact, that a new Chase survey found that a third of them bank on their phone and online more than a year ago -- and many are doing it at work, at the store or even while ...
What's the real cost of that auto repair? How to know if you're paying the best price
(BPT) - Do you take your car’s “health” for granted? Only when the check engine light comes on do you realize how important a fully functional vehicle is to your daily life. Feelings of fear, regret and anxiety often rush in: “Will my car break down?” “Should I ha ...
Disability insurance: why what you don't know can hurt you
(BPT) - Few people expect to become disabled and unable to work, even though 2013 Social Security Administration statistics show a 20-year old worker has a 30 percent chance of becoming disabled at some point during his career. The truth is, life can throw unexpected curves your way, and expecting t ...
Beat the heat of your bank account: Five tips for hot savings
(BPT) - You may be enjoying the fun and sun of summer activities, but your bank account may think otherwise. It’s difficult to save money this time of year, but with smart budgeting you can still enjoy everything the warm weather has to offer. Instead of forgoing the fun, consider cutting the ...
The 5 bad behaviors that may be derailing your retirement savings
(BPT) - More than half of Americans are worried about running out of money when they retire, yet a staggering 80 percent don’t have the knowledge they need to successfully build a nest egg and make it last throughout their retirement, according to The American College 2014 Retirement Income Su ...
The one security improvement businesses must make by October
(BPT) - Follow the news and it’s easy to see that payment fraud has become the largest theft-related threat facing business and consumers in the United States, as well as around the world. The cost of payment card fraud grew by 19 percent globally in 2013, hitting $14 billion, according to res ...
The demands of tomorrow are facing today's accountants
(BPT) - Technology is rapidly changing all industries, including the accounting profession. An accountant from 30 years ago would barely recognize the field as it exists today, as mobile devices and cloud computing have begun to automate many of the day-to-day responsibilities of accountants. The in ...
Find the right loan to realize your financial goals
(BPT) - When it comes to borrowing money, many loans offer benefits beyond simple financing. With that in mind, it’s important to understand how one type of loan may be right for making home improvements, while another may be a better match for financing a wedding. The key is to research the v ...
Are You Prepared to Take a 30-Year Vacation?
(BPT) - Summer is vacation season. However, before the week or two of fun begins comes the hard part – planning and packing. There are so many things to consider depending on the type of experience a person wants to have and what they need to bring along.Now picture preparing for a 30-year vac ...
Planning a home improvement project? Financing is the first tool you'll need
(BPT) - If you’re planning a home improvement project this year, you’re in good company. The economy and housing market are recovering, home values and equity are rising, and many homeowners are beginning projects they had put off over the past few years. A recent report by the Joint Cen ...
Identifying hidden savings opportunities in your monthly budget
(BPT) - Advancements in modern technology have put control of many things all into the palm of your hand. Your home is no different, because mistakes or forgotten chores that once required a trip home to set things right now can simply be handled by your smartphone. If you’re not asking your p ...
Tips to turn kids into money masters at any age
(BPT) - Most kids start learning about money earlier than a lot of people think—and it's usually from watching their parents. Three out of five young adults say their parents’ advice or example had the greatest influence over how they handle their finances today, according to findings fr ...
Big brother is watching: It's good for you and bad for the bad guys
(BPT) - It’s Monday morning and you awake to the sound of your alarm blaring. If you’re like a hundred million other Americans, it means it’s time to get ready for work.Some people get up, get dressed, then wrestle the kids into their clothes and the car to drop them off at school ...
See solar power in a new light this summer
(BPT) - With sunny summer months right around the corner and energy bills continuing to rise, more and more Americans are making the switch to solar powering their homes. In 2014, the U.S. added more than 186,000 individual residential solar installations, according to GTM Research. As a result, mor ...
What's the Makers Movement about? Reinventing the world one child at a time
(BPT) - Can kids playing with Legos make the world a better place? Will children who build their own rocket ships or dollhouses go on to be the adult innovators of tomorrow, who take on the world’s challenges with technology and creativity? If 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee is an example of youn ...
Investors are more pessimistic, but identifying opportunities [Infographic]
New StreetWise survey gauges sentiment of experienced investors.(BPT) -
Business credit cards: 5 benefits to boost your small business
(BPT) - More and more American small businesses are using credit cards for business expenses, indicating a nationwide shift away from cash and checks toward more modern purchasing alternatives. In fact, according to Capital One’s latest Spark Business Barometer, 79 percent of business owners i ...
Create your own personal pension? It's possible
(BPT) - Retirement planning has certainly changed a lot over the years, hasn’t it? First came pensions, or defined benefit plans, with their guaranteed income for life. After that it was 401(k)s. These plans focused on growing wealth from the stock and bond markets. Your pension and 401(k) wer ...
5 smart, super-easy ways to manage your money on-the-go
(BPT) - Work commitments, family obligations, workout time and – if you’re lucky – playtime mean few minutes left over for something as mundane as money management. Yet staying on top of your finances is important, no matter how busy you are, which could be why a third of all Ameri ...
5 money tips for safe international travel
(BPT) - When you picture your dream vacation, where do you go? Do you lay on the beach in Mexico? Climb the Alps in Switzerland, go fishing in Canada or explore the amazing wildlife of Australia? Do you see the Great Wall in China or travel on safari in Africa? Any of these exciting adventures could ...
Financial agility improves with age
(BPT) - When it comes to retirement, practice makes perfect.Retirees become increasingly adept at managing their expenses and income as they age, according to new research. Retirees report becoming better at controlling spending, feeling more financially secure and finding creative ways to cut expen ...
What you think you know about Social Security may be totally wrong
(BPT) - Americans may have faith in the Social Security system, but many still don’t really understand how it works. That’s a key take-away from a recent survey of Americans’ knowledge of Social Security retirement benefits. While 63 percent of respondents said they do believe Soci ...
7 reasons tablets are good for your customers and your restaurant as well
(BPT) - In today’s digital age, more people are enjoying more experiences via mobile screens than ever before. Modern technology is changing every aspect of life and the restaurant industry is no different. Digital offerings, such as tablets, play a vital role in the future of the industry, bo ...
9 practical tips to avoid payment scams
(BPT) - Payments fraud is serious business but with a few simple steps consumers can make themselves less vulnerable to potential scammers.One way consumers can protect themselves is through prepaid cards, a safe and secure financial tool, that accesses a set limit of funds and isn’t tied to a ...
7 tips to avoid lottery scams
(BPT) - You think this is the happiest day of your life. Before you is a letter, email or text message informing you that you’ve just won the lottery. You might even receive a check with the letter stating it is part of your winnings. The communication states all you have to do is pay the pro ...
Protection and perception: the role of the chip in your credit and debit card [infographic]
(BPT) - A recent survey showed that 80 percent of consumers are concerned about the security of credit and debit card transactions, yet 65 percent have not heard of EMV chip technology, reinforcing the need for education. To protect customers' financial security, Chase is adding EMV chip technology ...
Retired but not tired: the four things every senior-preneur must do
(BPT) - For some Americans, the best part of life starts at retirement. In a perfect world this new stage of life means no more answering to upper management, battling a 40 hour work week or being stuck in rush hour traffic. They can come and go as they please. And while spontaneous trips to the sho ...
8 things every 20-something should know about insurance
(BPT) - Most 20-somethings can’t wait for the day when they are officially “on their own.” You know you’ve made it when you can make a big decision without having to check with mom and dad about footing the bill, thanks to that first real-world, salaried, benefits-included jo ...
America's smartphone obsession extends to mobile banking
(BPT) - There’s no denying it — smartphones have become essential to daily life. From the smallest to the most complex of tasks, we’ve adopted a mobile-first mindset. For an increasing number of adults, this means their smartphone is never too far out of reach.In fact, if you&rsquo ...
3 costly mistakes baby boomers make with Medicare
(BPT) - Each day, thousands of people in the U.S. turn 65, and they’re faced with making choices about the Medicare program. Unfortunately, many people’s missteps mean they end up paying too much for healthcare coverage.“A study published by Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed healthca ...
Tax tips for newly married couples
(BPT) - In most parts of the country, the months of June, August, September and October are the most popular for weddings. Whether recently married or anxiously counting the days until you tie the knot, there are some important tax implications that you and your spouse can’t afford to overlook ...
Planning for the cost of college without breaking the bank
(BPT) - College costs in the U.S. are on the rise.According to the latest College Board survey, the average price tag for an in-state public college for the 2014–2015 academic year averaged $23,410, and a private college averaged $46,272. This is a 3 percent increase from the year before.Anoth ...
How men and women experience retirement differently
(BPT) - What’s retirement like? The answer may depend upon whether you’re a man or a woman.Women report more positive experiences in retirement than men, yet also say they are more likely to experience negative emotions, especially stress, according to a study conducted by MassMutual. Th ...
Computers and car parts: Finding what you need has never been easier
(BPT) - Not that long ago a typewriter was the best tool for recording data and libraries kept track of books with index cards packed into wooden drawers. Obviously computers have improved productivity by letting people manipulate data faster. But have you ever considered all the physical, hold-in-y ...
Gaming on the go: Hot trend allows favorite games to break free of the console
(BPT) - More Americans play video games than don’t. In fact, 67 percent of U.S. households play video games, according to the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Many gamers, however, have either been leashed to a console in order to play their favorite games or have had to find new favorites ...
Budgeting tips to keep your golden years golden
(BPT) - You’ve earned your retirement, and while it’s a chance to relax and relish in your deserved time off, it’s still important to keep track of your finances, savings and budget. With that in mind, here are five ways you can maintain a healthy budget and enjoy your dream retire ...
Millennials say they want to save for retirement, but a third aren't doing it
(BPT) - Nearly one in three millennials have no money saved for retirement, and a quarter of millennials – people between the ages of 18 and 34 – report owing more money than they have currently saved, according to a survey released by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC).&ldquo ...
5 ways to put social media on your restaurant's menu
(BPT) - Is social media marketing on your restaurant’s menu? It should be. These days a social media campaign is an essential component of any marketing plan and this is especially true for restaurants. Unlike many other industries, restaurants have the unique opportunity to meet their custome ...
Save water - and money - in the most budget-draining room in your house
(BPT) - Certain home appliances and features have a reputation for being energy and money wasters; everyone knows the air conditioner draws more electricity and old, leaky windows boost utility bills. But are you aware of the room in your home that uses – and wastes – the most water?Amer ...
Six ways to make your business better this summer
(BPT) - Summer’s here so make sure to get out, enjoy the great weather and take a well-deserved break. And if you’re running a small business, this summer offers a great opportunity to take a deep breath before taking action to make your business even better as you head into the second h ...
The Cs of choosing diamonds and shingles: Knowing more means paying less
(BPT) - Shopping for an engagement ring can be confusing. But knowing the 4 C’s of picking a diamond – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat – can help consumers get the best gem for their money. Shopping for roof shingles can be confusing, too. But knowing the 3 C’s of buying a new ...
What has the restaurant industry talking tech?
(BPT) - The restaurant industry is constantly evolving; new taste sensations are created, new restaurants open, and established businesses franchise. And while these shifts highlight the industry’s progress, they tell only part of the story. Like the rest of business world, the restaurant indu ...
3 steps to prepare your credit for homeownership
(BPT) - Homeownership is a dream for many Americans, and maybe it’s one of yours as well. Making this dream a reality requires hard work, dedication and the proper preparation. You must figure out where you want to live, what type of home you desire, what you can afford and also how your credi ...
How women can plan for their financial futures
(BPT) - Are women more diligent savers than men? A 2014 study conducted by Fidelity Investments seems to suggest so. Fidelity’s research found that women saved more than men in their 401(k) plans, as of the year ending Sept. 30, 2014. This stems from the fact that women joined their employer&r ...
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