Mortgage rates climb to their highest levels in nearly four years
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Mortgage rates climb to their highest levels in nearly four years

Written by:  Kathy Orton/Washington Post Mortgage rates haven’t been this high in nearly four years, just as the spring home-buying season is heating up. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average shot up to 4.38 percent with an average 0.6 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender...

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017”:  What You Need To Know
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The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017”: What You Need To Know

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, signed into law on December 22, 2017, represents the most significant changes in tax law in more than 30 years. Whether or not you’re a fan of the new legislation, it’s important to understand how it affects you and what you can do to minimize your taxes...

IRS Reminds Educators of Tax Benefits
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IRS Reminds Educators of Tax Benefits

IR-2017-166, Sept. 28, 2017 WASHINGTON — As teachers, administrators and aides have launched into their fall semester, taxes may not be on the top of their list. However, knowing what to keep track of now can help reduce the burden at tax time. The Internal Revenue Service reminds educators that there are three key work-related...

The Harvest Moon
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The Harvest Moon

Written by Victoria Jaggard Published by National Geographic, October 5, 2017 For sky-watchers in the Northern Hemisphere, the October full moon is pulling off a celestial trick that will be a real treat. On Thursday night, the sky will be aglow with this year’s harvest moon—the first time a full moon bearing this moniker has fallen...

The Equifax Data Breach
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The Equifax Data Breach

Source:  United Capital of Las Vegas Newsletter On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced a massive data breach that exposed vital personal identification data on as many as 143 million consumers, roughly 55% of Americans age 18 and older. The Equifax Data Breach On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies,...

Disaster Survival Skills For Every Situation
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Disaster Survival Skills For Every Situation

With Mother Nature constantly throwing a tantrum, it’s high time we learn disaster survival skills. Most especially for people living in disaster-prone areas. Source:  survivallife.com/disaster-survival/ Disaster Survival Skills That Could Save YOU and Your Neighbors Life It takes more than just preparing for the basic survival food kit, water, and shelter. Having an advanced knowledge to sustain life...

Hiding Assets To Thwart IRS Tax Collection Can Be Criminal
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Hiding Assets To Thwart IRS Tax Collection Can Be Criminal

Written by:  Robert W. Wood , Forbes.com Criminal tax charges are not common, and not every charge ends in a conviction. Still, any tax charge is serious, and charges for obstructing the IRS certainly are. For example, a federal grand jury in the District of Hawaii has indicted a businessman and his accountant with tax crimes, including...

Is a Work-Life Balance Achievable?
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Is a Work-Life Balance Achievable?

Source:  UnitedCP.com Written by Jarrod Upton, CFP, MBA Most of us lead very busy lives. We are striving to juggle career goals and ambitions, while cultivating our personal lives beyond the workplace. For most, that includes time with our families, as well as the pursuit of health, leisure and recreational activities. This inherent tension between...

Six Tips to Protect Your Computer From Cyber Intrusion
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Six Tips to Protect Your Computer From Cyber Intrusion

Source:  FBI Cyber Crime Unit Below are some key steps to protecting your computer from intrusion: Keep Your Firewall Turned On: A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who might try to gain access to crash it, delete information, or even steal passwords or other sensitive information. Software firewalls are widely recommended for single computers....