If you want to provide educational opportunities for your children or grandchildren, you may want to consider investing in a 529 plan. In recent years, this plan has gotten more flexible, and potentially more powerful, than ever. A key benefit of a 529 plan is that earnings are generally tax
Sadly, identity theft happens throughout the year – but some identity thieves are particularly active during tax-filing season. How can you protect yourself? One of the most important moves you can make is to be suspicious of requests by people or entities claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.
Top Ten Stories for October 31 through November 06 includes new shopping in Long Beach, trash in Garden grove, and school board turmoil in Los Alamitos. Top Ten Stories for October 31 through November 06 are the most-read stories at Orange County Breeze over the last week (excluding weather forecasts
With the economy showing signs of life despite the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, WalletHub’s new Credit Card Debt Study revealed that U.S. consumers paid down $118 billion in credit card debt during the first half of 2020 – an all-time record. This record reduction in credit card debt
Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to normal and schools will reopen for in-person learning. And if you have young children, you may want to save for their
The latest poll from Gallup, pitting whether people are worried about catching COVID-19 versus whether state lockdowns will crush their personal finances, shows a remarkable balance: According to Gallup: Broad concern about these two eventualities — getting the virus and experiencing severe financial hardship — is roughly equal now, with
About 87 million Americans are worried about their credit scores due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to WalletHub’s nationally representative Coronavirus and Credit Score Survey, released today along with tips to protect your credit score during the crisis. Below are additional highlights of the survey, along with a WalletHub Q&A.
From worthy non-profits to local small business to online scammmers, everybody wants your money. If you have money to spend on items beyond essentials like soap, toilet paper, and canned soup, how can you figure out where to spend your money to help keep the economy alive until the COVID-19
Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that financial institutions will provide major financial relief for millions of Californians suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. “Millions of California families will be able to take a sigh of relief,” said Governor Newsom. “These new financial protections will provide relief to
International Women’s Day 2020 is observed on March 8. This special day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Yet, women still face gender barriers as they seek to achieve their financial goals. How can you address these challenges? To begin with, you need to be aware