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Monday, November 16, 2015

How to Live a Happier Financial Life

I recently came across this article written by Jonathan Clements from the final edition of Wall Street Journal Sunday this past February. It’s a simple list of five notions that he’s witnessed in his numerous years as a financial writer. Thought provoking and basic, yet some good words of wisdom. Enjoy.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Why the New Chip?

I recently received a new credit card in the mail with one of the little computer chips on it. With all of the press about “skimming” at gas pumps, including a few here locally in Grand Rapids, I thought this was good news as maybe I wouldn’t have to slide my card at gas stations anymore. After doing a little research, I found this article from Money that helps clear it up a little bit. The bottom line is that fraud will continue to exist. The frustrating part is the types of fraud will evolve as technology expands. Be careful, pay attention to your statements, and alert the bank immediately of any suspicious activity.