6 Tips to Save for a Down Payment

Before transitioning from renter to home owner, consumers must typically save between 5 and 20 percent of the home’s value for the down payment. Prepare for one of the first steps in the home buying process – saving for a down payment with these tips:

• Develop a budget and timeline. Start by determining how much . . . → Read More: 6 Tips to Save for a Down Payment

What are chip-enabled EMV® payment cards?

Plastic. The credit card world is full of plastic and always changing. The latest plastic card, the EMV payment card, will soon be introduced into the United States. The EMV card is widely accepted in European countries and is commonly referred to as a chip card. The . . . → Read More: What are chip-enabled EMV® payment cards?

Keep Financial Transactions Private

A good rule to follow when banking online or conducting financial transactions online is: Do Not Use Public Computers and Public Wireless Access for Sensitive Transactions.
Whether you’re entertaining the kids by streaming a video on a tablet, downloading new travel apps on your smartphone or even taking your tablet poolside, there are precautions you should take . . . → Read More: Keep Financial Transactions Private

Protect Portable Devices While Traveling

The summer vacation season is underway, and for many of us that means lounging on sunny beaches, reading a book under a shade tree or hitting the road for a new adventure. It can also mean identity theft and other crimes if we aren’t careful about our online activities and protecting our information.

Cybercrime does not take . . . → Read More: Protect Portable Devices While Traveling

Is Malware a Threat to Mobile Devices?

The volume of cyberthreats to mobile computing devices continues to increase as new applications (apps) and devices proliferate.

McAfee® reports that there were more than two million new mobile malware samples in 2013. Symantec™ reports that nearly 40 percent of mobile device users have experienced mobile cybercrime in the past 12 months. Some experts estimate that . . . → Read More: Is Malware a Threat to Mobile Devices?

Tips to Create a Budget

America Saves Week, an annual event sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America, is Feb. 24 to March 1. In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever for families to develop a budget and stick to it. Rainy-day funds, savings for college or just making your rent payment can all be made easier . . . → Read More: Tips to Create a Budget

Mobile Banking: Safety First

As mobile banking continues to exceed online users, it’s more important than ever for customers to use mobile banking safely. Convenience is the driving factor in the rise of mobile banking. It opens the doors to consumer choice and access to banking options. But, as mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads become more popular, . . . → Read More: Mobile Banking: Safety First

Ten Timely Tax Time Tips

The income tax filing season has begun, and important tax documents should be arriving in your mailbox. Although your return is not due until April 15, you can make tax time easier on yourself with an early start. Here are 10 tips to help ensure a smooth tax-filing process.

1. Create a system for organizing tax documents . . . → Read More: Ten Timely Tax Time Tips

Save Energy & Save Money

Now is the perfect time to assess your home’s energy efficiency. An energy-efficient home can keep your family comfortable, save you money and make your home more attractive to buyers when you sell. Whether you take simple steps or make larger investments, you’ll likely decrease your average utility bill. Over time, those savings will automatically put . . . → Read More: Save Energy & Save Money

New Year’s Resolutions — For Your Wallet!

As you’re considering your New Year’s resolutions for 2014, don’t forget to think about your money. The New Year is a great time to assess your finances, gain control and stick to a new budget or saving plan. Taking control of your personal finances will allow you to save and prepare for unexpected expenses. Here are . . . → Read More: New Year’s Resolutions — For Your Wallet!