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Plan Your Financial Future Now

making a budgetThe best way to prepare for your financial future is to have a budget that you can follow and adjust as you work through each month. There are many doable ways to put together a budget, but all entail gathering the best information you can from your past financial records.

Using Past Expense to Predict Future Expenses

Both checking accounts and credit card records provide a good place to start. For most families, housing expense is the largest and most important expenditure. These expenses include mortgage or rent, utilities, taxes, insurance, and maintenance.

Mar 25, 2020
Next Avenue: Laid off? 6 smart tips on how to bounce back
Reynold Levy
I did not see it coming.

I was taken by complete surprise.

Nine months earlier, in the fall of 1974, I had submitted my resignation from a terrific post as director of external affairs and special assistant to the executive director of the Jewish Board of Guardians (JBG), the nation�s largest and most comprehensive mental health agency.

I was departing to join the Aspen Institute. There, I would collaborate with my new boss, Waldemar A. Nielsen, noted author of The Big Foundations, among other books, former president of the African American Institute and program officer at the Ford Foundation. More info...

Mar 23, 2020
U.S. growth will shrink 30% next quarter but we won�t see a repeat of the Great Depression, Morgan Stanley says
By Callum Keown
It looks set to be another tough week for investors.

Coronavirus cases keep rising, countries around the world are strengthening measures designed to keep people indoors � slowing the economy in the process�- and the U.S. is struggling to pass its $1 trillion-plus economic aid bill. That combination led U.S. stock futures to hit �limit down� shortly after the open late on Sunday. Futures rebounded early on Monday as the Fed announced it would purchase an unlimited amount of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities to support the financial market. More info...

Mar 23, 2020
How to Protect Your Finances and Credit in Tough Times
The quickly unfolding coronavirus outbreak is an extreme case, but any sort of hard times will test our personal finances. Many people are now facing reduced work hours and income while watching with worry as stock market upheaval continues.

Preparation is better than panic, however. And starting now is better than doing nothing. More info...

Mar 23, 2020
With Coronavirus Shutting Social Security Offices, Here�s What to Do If You Need Help
Richard Eisenberg
The Social Security Administration has closed all its 1,200 field offices around the country until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. So, what will it mean for you if you�ll need help with benefits, a replacement Social Security card or have questions about Social Security or Medicare?

The answer depends on how you�ll turn to the Social Security Administration for help as a result. You may be able to get what you need online � though that could depend on which state you live in. But if you�ll want to speak to a Social Security phone rep, prepare for a long (possibly very long) hold More info...

Mar 23, 2020
That Discomfort You�re Feeling Is Grief
Scott Berinato
Some of the HBR edit staff met virtually the other day � a screen full of faces in a scene becoming more common everywhere. We talked about the content we�re commissioning in this harrowing time of a pandemic and how we can help people. But we also talked about how we were feeling. One colleague mentioned that what she felt was grief. Heads nodded in all the panes. More info...

Mar 21, 2020
Construction Loan Draw Schedule
Loan Disbursements From Lenders During Construction
It is always a good idea to get a construction loan from a construction loan lender that will disburse the funds to the builder rather than you as the borrower. This assigns the responsibility for the disbursement of funds to the lender and assures professional inspections as the construction progresses. More info...

Mar 20, 2020
Protecting your credit during the coronavirus pandemic
By Liane Fiano
Your credit reports and scores play an important role in your future financial opportunities. You can use the steps below to
Get a copy of your credit report
If you haven�t requested your free annual credit reports, you can get copies at Each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies (also known as credit reporting companies) � Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian � allows you to get your report for free once every twelve months. More info...

Mar 19, 2020
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We know that it�s the people who are struggling that really need the personal loans, not just those with perfect credit histories who are paying their bills on time. A perfect credit history simply isn�t possible for many American households, especially in times like these. No matter how well you�ve planned your budget and spending strategies, you can still have an unexpected car repair or other emergency when you already living paycheck to paycheck. More info...

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