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Financial Education

Simple steps to a better night's sleep

Studies show that a lack of sleep can diminish your overall ability to handle stress and perform basic functions. Even worse, sleeplessness can lead to health problems ranging from obesity to hypertension, cardiovascular problems, and diabetes. The tips below can help you get a good night's rest.

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Give a little, get a little: Charitable contributions and tax deductions

The holiday season is a traditional time to give, only only to family and friends, but also your favorite charitable causes. And while giving is good for its own sake, it doesn't hurt to enjoy some tax deductions in exchange for your philanthropic endeavors. The ideas below can help you with both. 

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Protect your identity this holiday shopping season

It's that time of year again: As Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach, holiday music floats through the malls, your email inbox fills with special deals, and millions of people kick off their holiday shopping. Unfortunately, it's also prime time for scammers and fraud artists. The tips below can help you safeguard your finances, your identity, and your peace of mind during this holiday season and all year long.

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Mobile banking is anywhere-you-are banking

More than 1 billion people were managing their money from the palm of their hand, using mobile banking apps, by late 2016*. That number is only expected to grow. And why not? It's an easy way to enjoy the ultimate convenience - banking on your own schedule, whenever and wherever it's convenient for you, even when your local branch is closed. Read on to learn more and see if mobile banking is for you!

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Top tips to manage your holiday spending

The holidays can be full of fun, family, friends - and financial stress. At this time of year, it's easy to lose sight of your budget and overspend, leading to financial headaches come January. But with these eight top tips for planning and tracking your holiday shopping, you can enter the new year in good cheer - and sound financial shape.

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Secrets for saving during your vacation

You've booked the hotel for your big getaway and found the lowest airfare. But what can you do once you're actually on vacation to maximize your budget and skip the stress of over-spending? Try these money-saving tips that don't sacrifice fun.

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Financing a college education

The average cost of tuition and fees at a public, four-year college is expected to increase 5 percent per year, on average, according to the College Board.* So it's not surprising that many parents are wondering how they're going to afford their children's higher education - even if they've been taking advantage of college savings plans.

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Tips to find the right pre-owned vehicle

You've decided it's time to replace your vehicle, and you've made the decision to go pre-owned. While this can often save you significant dollars upfront, it also means you have additional factors to consider. The checklist below can help you take a practical approach to finding the right vehicle for your individual needs.

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7 ideas to build your rainy day fund

Your roof springs a leak in the middle of a rainstorm. Your 16-year-old new driver gets in a fender bender. You accidentally tip your coffee mug onto your laptop. Bad things happen, and sometimes they can be pricey. Having an emergency fund can make all the difference between managing the unexpeced with ease - or digging into debt.

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How to buy and sell a home at the same time

Buying a home can be complicated. Buying a new home when you already have a home adds to the complexity - and the stress. A lot happens at once, and if you miss something, it could be hazardous to a happy outcome. Understanding the three key points below can help you get organized upfront and set the stage for a smoother path through the process from start to sold to move-in day.

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How to access the financial power of your home

Did you know that your home may offer you a smart solution for financing your dreams and goals? If you're thinking about home upgrades, education expenses or even debt consolidation, the equity in your home could help provide the funds you need. Read on to learn more.

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How will rising interest rates affect your loans?

As you've probably heard, the Federal Reserve Board has discussed raising the Federal Funds Rate at least three times this year. This rate isn't the only factor affecting the interest rates you pay on loans, but when it rises, other rates tend to increase, too. What will that mean to your monthly loan payments? That depends largely on the type of loan and, particiularly, whether it has a fixed or variable rate. Here, we share insights to help you plan for potential change.

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