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5 Tips to Keep Thieves Out of Your Bank and Brokerage Accounts

Andrew Wang | Posted 06.19.2014 | Hawaii
Andrew Wang

Today, data breaches at major retailers like Target have made cybercrime front page news. With ubiquitous computing, you cannot let your guard down for even a moment, especially when hackers are increasingly targeting bank and brokerage accounts.

What If You Cannot Afford to Be Hit by the Next Stock Market Crash?

Andrew Wang | Posted 07.21.2014 | Hawaii
Andrew Wang

The great thing about investing is that there is not one right way to do it.

10 Things The SEC Wants You to Know About Variable Annuities

Andrew Wang | Posted 04.27.2014 | Money
Andrew Wang

Because different products have different features, it is important to read the prospectus for details including charges, investment choices, death benefits, payout options, and other features.

The Death of a "Stock Picker's Market?"

Andrew Wang | Posted 04.16.2014 | Money
Andrew Wang

There are some alarming crosscurrents taking place in U.S. public equities. Here are my observations.

Why You Don't Have to Wait to Do Your Health Insurance Research

Chris Meyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Meyer

You need to beware of other websites posing as marketplace look-a-likes. The policies may be real, but they won't necessarily be the same plans available through your state's marketplace, and you may be passing up a chance at getting a better deal and financial help with your premiums or out-of-pocket costs.

7 Credit Mistakes That Could Wreck Your Retirement

Adam Levin | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

We are a confident generation, which is a good thing. But when it comes to the way we manage our financial lives -- particularly our credit -- that confidence can make us vulnerable.

The Truth About Money And Happiness

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business

New research tells us what we already kind of knew about money and happiness, but may have chosen not to believe: More money will make you happier. ...

The Biggest Credit Mistake People Make (Plus 3 Tips)

Adam Levin | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

Some credit mistakes aren't so obvious. What's worse, the biggest secret credit mistake -- the one most people don't even know they're making -- actually happens when people are trying to turn their credit score around and be more financially responsible.

Stripper Fight! Fists Fly Over $1 Tip

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.23.2013 | Business

Two exotic dancers brawled over a $1 tip onstage at the Silk Exotic nightclub in Juneau, Wis. By the time the glitter had settled, police stripped bot...

How to Find a Dependable Tax Preparer This Tax Season

Mark Steber | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Mark Steber

Selecting a tax preparer is a very important decision that you should be happy with. After all, for most Americans the annual income tax return is the single largest financial transaction they have each and every year.

Forget Your Money Resolutions! You Need a Plan in 2013

Adam Levin | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

A credit portfolio building plan should consist of several components, all interconnected and each a platform for recovery and financial evolution. Viewing credit as portfolio can help convert the traditional holiday churn-and-burn process from an annual ritual of excess and recovery into a new way of life.

Taxes: Who Files What, When and How?

Mark Steber | Posted 02.16.2013 | Money
Mark Steber

As the current tax year closes and the next tax season approaches, I thought it would be helpful and informative to highlight some past tax statistics and details related to tax filings in general and even some guidance on how you can make the most of this information.

Man Stripped Of $28,000 At Adult Club Must Pay

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.13.2012 | New York

Larry Flynt's Hustler Club, which bills itself as a "10,000 square-foot playground of decadent adult entertainment," proved too much for one Manhattan...

Craigslist Coffee Has Really Disgusting Ingredient

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.12.2012 | Money

The kopi luwak fecal coffee fad has officially gone to, well, you know, with a Craigslist ad selling human poop coffee. In strict terms, kopi luwa...

You Won't Believe What She Was Billed For

Posted 12.07.2012 | Money

Outraged Richmond, Va., resident Dana Bagby said she doesn't understand how she could possibly owe the city more than $15,000 in unpaid utility bills,...

With a Fiscal Cliff Looming Ahead, What Do You Need to Know?

Mark Steber | Posted 02.04.2013 | Money
Mark Steber

The Temporary Payroll Tax Holiday, a two percent reduction in employee Social Security tax withholding, expired Dec. 31, 2012. Beginning Jan. 2013, the average taxpayer will see as much as a $1,000 decrease in take-home pay.

'Tis the Season -- Top Five Things to Know, to Do and to Watch For as 2012 Comes to a Close

Mark Steber | Posted 01.27.2013 | Money
Mark Steber

The combination of expiring tax laws and tax policy changes, possible renewed retroactive provisions and last-minute legislative action calls for taxpayers to be extra careful when managing their taxes in order to ensure that there is no money left on the table.

Being Generous This Holiday Season Could Lead to Savings at Tax Time

Mark Steber | Posted 01.19.2013 | Money
Mark Steber

While you are donating to charities in great need, be sure to observe the charitable donation tax rules, maximize that tax deduction and do something nice for yourself -- like getting a bigger tax refund for your good deed efforts.

Shoppers Already In Line For Black Friday

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.17.2012 | Money

This year, Rhiannon Buckingham was determined not to miss a Black Friday deal on a flat-screen TV, so she arrived at the Best Buy in El Cajon, Calif. ...

Woman Pays $200 For 'iPad' That's Actually Just A Mirror

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.09.2012 | Money

If you were offered a brand new iPad for $200, would you buy it? What if the offer was made at a gas station? Many of us might not fall for the sal...

Getting Tax Relief after a Natural Disaster

Mark Steber | Posted 01.05.2013 | Money
Mark Steber

Unfortunately, natural disasters, and losses from them, occur each year and will continue to impact people's lives, causing personal and financial loss, and in some cases, even severe financial and economic loss. The income tax rules may provide for a small silver lining if the right circumstances apply.

4 Lessons From Bank Transfer Day

Fred R. Becker, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Fred R. Becker, Jr.

The lessons from this event underscore some of the rules of business today -- rules that echo basic tenets of trust and good, old-fashioned customer service. Simply put, customer relationships do not begin and end at the transaction.

Taxmageddon, the Fiscal Cliff, the Mayan Calendar, and Other Year-End Events to Watch Out for

Mark Steber | Posted 12.26.2012 | Money
Mark Steber

The Mayan calendar "end of times" prediction scheduled for Dec. 23, 2012, might not be all bad when compared and contrasted with some of the other predictions associated with Taxmageddon and the fiscal cliff on the horizon.

Ron Dicker

Is This Worth $3 Million?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.26.2012 | Money

Reinhold Hoffmann, a retiree who told the German newspaper Bild that he found a U.S. stamp worth $3 million, may now have a reason to go postal: The P...

Kansas Lottery To Drawing 'Winner': No NASCAR For You!

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.16.2012 | Money

The Kansas Lottery awarded Leisa Mauch a NASCAR weekend for two, then shifted in reverse to take the prize back. Now Mauch feels run over. "I'm ...