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Tax Law Changes: The American Families Plan and how it might impact you
Tax Law Changes: The American Families Plan and how it might impact you

Tax Law Changes: The American Families Plan and how it might impact you

October 14, 2021 / Erin Sunday

President Biden’s ambitious American Families Plan is billed as “an investment in our kids, our families, and our economic future.” That investment comes to life in the form of programs designed to help families cover the basic expenses with which so many struggle, lowering health insurance premiums, and continuing the American Rescue Plan’s historic reductions in child poverty.…

How to teach kids financial responsibility with an allowance
How to teach kids financial responsibility with an allowance

How to teach kids financial responsibility with an allowance

September 20, 2021 / F&M Trust

The debate over whether to give kids an allowance is as old as the practice itself, but the benefits of giving kids an allowance are clear. Kids who get an allowance are more financially savvy later in life than those who don’t, and are less likely to abuse credit as adults.…

The three best ways to use a credit card
The three best ways to use a credit card

The three best ways to use a credit card

February 03, 2021 / Cynthia Marconi

Credit cards are a secure, convenient alternative to using debit cards, checks or cash to make purchases. They can serve as a powerful money management tool and can help you boost…

Why you totally need a checking account
Why you totally need a checking account

Why you totally need a checking account

November 29, 2020 / Paulo Oliveira

In an era during which convenient financial technology tools — such as Google Pay, Venmo and Apple Pay — are all the rage, do you need a checking account? The answer is a definitive yes. Here’s why…

Is a personal line of credit right for you?
Is a personal line of credit right for you?

Is a personal line of credit right for you?

November 19, 2020 / Sarah Stansfield

A personal line of credit (PLOC) enables borrowers to withdraw funds for a set period of time – known as the “draw period” – on an as-needed basis. A draw period can last for several years. Lines of credit are helpful if you need access to cash…

Three mistakes in portability planning
Three mistakes in portability planning

Three mistakes in portability planning

July 16, 2020 / The Merrill Anderson Company

The increase in the amount exempt from federal estate tax to $10 million per taxpayer (plus inflation adjustments) has been a game changer for estate planners.…

Turned down for a bank account? This could be why
Turned down for a bank account? This could be why

Turned down for a bank account? This could be why

June 25, 2020 / Sarah Stansfield

If you have a history of overdrafts or, worse, if another financial institution closed your account, you’re probably going to run into some difficulties when you try to open another one…

How much a wedding really costs
How much a wedding really costs

How much a wedding really costs

March 02, 2020 / Megan Edwards

Turns out that you can put a price tag on “I do.” And it’s a steep one — at least according to The Knot’s 2018 Real Weddings Study. The national average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is…

Think twice before buying that new car
Think twice before buying that new car

Think twice before buying that new car

October 01, 2019 / Matthew Berger

When you’re shopping for a new car, it’s easy to get caught up in the shiniest, newest car to hit the market. After all, some come with high-tech features, like multizone climate systems, heated steering...…

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