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Identifying and Reporting Common Scams

On July 6, 2017 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an alert on scammers posing as FTC officials who contact individuals and claim they have won prizes from a charity contest. The scammers ask for money to cover taxes or insurance costs associated with the prize. While this is a new malicious campaign, scammers use these basic tactics time and time again with slightly different wording to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals. It may seem like a day doesn’t go by without scammers contacting you online or by phone seeking money and/or personal information.

Top 10 Gifts for New Grads

College commencement season is here again, but for many soon-to-be graduates, it's a time to both celebrate and prepare. With the job market still challenging and national student loan debt exceeding $1 trillion, new grads face real financial hurdles. 

Decide How Much to Save

When it comes to saving, something is better than nothing, and more is better than less. That’s not much help—but this simple guideline might be:

  • 50% of your after-tax income goes to needs
  • 20% goes to savings and debt repayment
  • 30% is for wants

Holiday Spending

No need to be a scrooge this season, but keep an eye on your spending to make sure you start the new year right. Click here to see how the average American spends money during the holidays.