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5 Smart Ways to Use an Insurance Settlement

Receiving an insurance settlement can be considered a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it’s always nice to receive a lump sum of money you weren’t expecting. On the other, you’re receiving the settlement as a result of less-than-ideal circumstances. But the good thing is, you made it through and now have unexpected funds available to help you...


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What You Need to Know About Travel Insurance

When you’re planning a vacation — especially if you’re traveling outside the United States — the topic of travel insurance is bound to come up. Before you dismiss it as an extra expense you don’t need, consider what would happen if your trip was cancelled due to circumstances beyond your control. Could you really afford to lose that money...


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5 Essential Financial Moves for New Parents

Having a baby changes everything—including how you save and spend money. With so much going on after having a baby, it’s tempting to want to put off the financial piece of the puzzle until things settle down. But if you do, there’s a good chance you’ll keep pushing it down the road. These five tips for new parents will set your family on th...


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Post-Disaster Financial Checklist

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many Americans are in the process of rebuilding their lives following a natural disaster. After the initial shock passes, there are a number of things individuals and families must tackle as they try to return to day-to-day life. But even if you don’t live an area that’s prone to hurricanes, earthqu...