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Back -To-School
Shop Smart and Save this Back-To-School Season

Even though summer has just begun, pretty soon it’ll be time to focus on the school year ahead, and if your family is like most, you’re already thinking about purchasing school supplies for the upcoming year.

Emergency Savings
Nearly a Quarter of Americans Have No Emergency Savings

Nearly a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings, according to a new report from Bankrate.com. However, the percentage of those without an emergency fund currently sits at a six year low, down to 24% this year from 28% last year. Additionally, Americans with an adequate savings cushion – enough to cover six months’ expenses […]

Mortgage Rates
Mortgage Rates Remain Near 7-Month Lows

Mortgage rates touched seven-month lows early this month, and stayed there last week. According to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey, the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate inched lower last week, moving from 4.04 percent down to 4.02 percent. The larger jumbo 30-year fixed nosed up to 4.00 percent, and the average 15-year fixed mortgage rate settled […]

Car Prices
Car Prices: Something Funny Is Going On

People are paying way too much for new vehicles these days, with average transaction way out of whack with average household incomes. According to Kelley Blue Book, the estimated average transaction price (ATP) for light vehicles in the United States was $33,261 in May 2017. According to the government, the median household income in the U.S. was $56,000 in […]

Identity Theft
Consumers, be wary: Identity theft is on the rise

If you’ve been a victim of identity theft, you’re not alone. Thirty-three percent of Ohioans reported that they’d been victimized by fraud and/or identity theft in a year-end 2016 survey conducted by the Ohio Credit Union League. More could have suffered at the hands of fraudsters without knowing it yet. In 2015, Ohio had the […]

Teen Driver
Breaking News: Parents and Teens Disagree on Auto Ownership

Here’s a finding that will surprise nobody: 76% of teens say they’re ready for a car, while 85% of parents disagree. This comes from independent research conducted for Junior Achievement & American Honda Finance Corporation. The discord may lie in the fact that 86 percent of teens feel that parents should help them with automobile expenses […]

Travel
Travel Smarter and Save Bigger this Summer Vacation

Spring flowers are in full bloom, which can only indicate one thing: summer is nearly upon us. For many, that means it’s time for a well-deserved vacation with family and friends. In a year-end 2016 survey conducted by the Ohio Credit Union League, an overwhelming majority of respondents, 71 percent, are planning to get some […]

Debt
Drowning In Debt

Nearly three quarters of Americans are struggling with debt and the burden is significant in terms of both size and duration, according to a new study from insurer Northwestern Mutual. The company found that, among Americans with debt, 4 in 10 (45%) spend up to half of their monthly income on debt repayment. Nearly half of […]

Mortgage
Mortgage Rates Do an About-Face

Mortgage rates started the year on a tear, continuing an upward trend that push them to highs not seen in years. There was one-party rule in Washington! A new president who wanted to spend a trillion on infrastructure! An aggressive Fed eager to push interest rates higher and higher! And then, reality set it. First, […]

Financial Literacy
Why financial literacy isn’t just one person’s responsibility

Since 2003, April has been designated “Financial Literacy Month” by the federal government, and for good reason. Although most would agree it’s important for people to learn (preferably early) the life skills that set them up for financial success, studies consistently indicate Americans are generally not sufficiently educated about their personal finances. Respondents in the […]