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Estate planning: Plan for the unexpected

Gina Gallovich •
Michigan Chronicle
Financial Advisor Talking To Senior Couple

When addressing financial literacy, there are so many elements to consider. One fundamental factor that most tend to forget is legal in nature and urges one to answer the question: What happens when I die? You’ve seen headlines about the many lives that have been cut short due to freak accidents, unexpected health issues and

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How a home equity line impacts your credit score

John Ulzheimer •
The Simple Dollar
Women using credit card

Are you considering applying for a home equity line of credit? Home equity lines of credit, commonly referred to as HELOCs, represent an attractive type of financing that homeowners may decide to take advantage of for a variety of different reasons. HELOCs are commonly used to finance home improvements, to pay off expensive credit card debt,

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Best places to get money in an emergency when you don’t have an emergency fund

Staff Writer, Miriam Cross, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance •
Kiplinger
Man reading letter and felling worried

It’s easy to underestimate what you need to set aside in an emergency fund. A dual-income household with reliable cash flow should keep at least three months’ worth of living expenses in a savings account or short-term certificates of deposit. But if you are the sole provider, have an irregular income or face steep child-care

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How to use home equity to your advantage

Tara Mastroeni •
Forbes

If you’re a homeowner or aiming to be one someday soon, you probably know that having home equity is a good thing. However, beyond that, many people start to lose track. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to solve the mystery of home equity once and for all. Read on to learn what it

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