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Where You Shop Could Hurt Your Credit Score and Credit Limits

Yes, that sounds unbelievable (I thought only payment history, utilization ratio, credit length, etc, determine credit score), but it could actually happen. Watch this video on Good Morning America yesterday first if you missed the show on TV. Kevin Johnson, who, at 29 years old, is the CEO of a PR firm in Atlanta and […]

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Got Some Business Done

In late December, I took advantage of the free filing offer from MyCorportation (MyCorporation reviews) and registered my own company for my little online business (and saved $149 filing fee ). I am glad the whole process went very smoothly without any incident. About two weeks ago, the package arrived with the certificate and my […]

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Which Version of TurboTax Software Do You Need?

The tax season is just around the corner, did you get your tax preparation software yet? If not, do you know which software you want to use if it’s the first time you use a tax preparation software to file your income taxes? When I posted the tax software giveaway last week, I also included […]

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2009 Bank Failures

Last update: December 31, 2009. 2009 is less than one month old, there are already a few banks being closed, picking up what was left from last year. A total of 25 banks were shut down in 2008. So far in 2009, three have gone under already (the list will be updated continuously as new […]

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Dollar Savings Direct Dropped Rate to 3.50% APY

A couple of days ago I was feeling pretty good about Dollar Savings Direct (Dollar Savings Direct reviews) and their seemingly unbeatable 4.00% APY. Today, I am feeling a little disappointed when they finally decided to follow what other banks have done already, cutting their rate to 3.50% APY. From the bank’s point of view, […]

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2008 Tax Law Changes

If you are preparing your own 2008 taxes, there are some changes in the tax law in 2008 that you should be aware of, because the changes will affect your taxes. The IRS recently published 2008 tax law changes, among them the following are more common to taxpayers: Economic stimulus payment: The economic stimulus payment […]

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Online Savings Account Interest Rates History

For those who have been following this blog long enough, you know I spent quite a lot of time updating interest rates of popular online banks. I even have a table listing the latest interest rates and a Best Online Savings Account Deals page to help track where the good deals are. While keeping the […]

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Can Debit Cards Protect Consumers against Fraud?

When the RevolutionCard was first introduced in September 2007, I took a look at the card’s advertised features, which include PIN based transactions, but didn’t really feel how that measure can prevent fraud. I prefer signing the transaction to using a PIN, even though almost nobody actually checks the signature. Still, I want a *proof* […]

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