Personal Financial Articles

Personal Financial Articles

Understanding Your Credit Report


Your credit report contains information about your past and present credit transactions. It's used primarily by potential lenders to evaluate your creditworthiness. So if you're about to apply for credit, especially for something significant like a mortgage, you'll want to get and review a copy of your credit report. You can see what they see: [...]

Understanding Your Credit Report2019-10-28T14:37:39-04:00

Investing for Major Financial Goals


Go out into your yard and dig a big hole. Every month, throw $50 into it, but don't take any money out until you're ready to buy a house, send your child to college, or retire. It sounds a little crazy, doesn't it? But that's what investing without setting clear-cut goals is like. If you're [...]

Investing for Major Financial Goals2019-10-28T14:41:04-04:00

Tapping the Equity in Your Home


Over time, the value of your home has grown and your mortgage balance has been reduced (or even eliminated). The equity (the property's value minus any liens against it) you now have in your home is a reservoir of funding potential. You may decide to tap into it for various purposes, such as remodeling your [...]

Tapping the Equity in Your Home2019-10-28T14:53:53-04:00

Insuring Your Vacation Home


Vacation homes require a special type of insurance--one that protects your vacation home but doesn't overlap with your already existing homeowners insurance coverage. Here are some things to consider when insuring your vacation home. What is covered under your primary residence's homeowners insurance? Most homeowners insurance policies provide limited coverage for personal property at [...]

Insuring Your Vacation Home2020-03-06T15:56:01-05:00

Teaching Your Child about Money


Ask your five-year old where money comes from, and the answer you'll probably get is "From a machine!" Even though children don't always understand where money really comes from, they realize at a young age that they can use it to buy the things they want. So as soon as your child becomes interested in [...]

Teaching Your Child about Money2019-10-28T15:09:14-04:00

Establishing a Budget


Do you ever wonder where your money goes each month? Does it seem like you're never able to get ahead? If so, you may want to establish a budget to help you keep track of how you spend your money and help you reach your financial goals. Examine your financial goals Before you establish a [...]

Establishing a Budget2019-10-28T15:10:34-04:00