15 - March 2017Does Vacation Shaming Keep You from Relaxing?
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U.S. workers are feeling more guilt than ever before about planning and taking their vacations, according to a new survey from Alamo Rent A Car. Overall, the rental car firm’s Family Vacation Survey around half (49 percent) of all American workers report feeling vacation shamed – being made to feel shame or guilt by co-workers […]
06 - March 2017How is technology changing the way consumers manage their finances?
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Consumers rely on their financial institutions for multiple reasons and define their convenience based on their habits. As technology continues to evolve, these habits are drastically impacted. In a time when smartphones are becoming more and more integral to consumers’ daily lives, financial institutions are increasingly using mobile devices to provide services to their customers. […]
21 - February 2017Five Ways to Turbo Charge Your Car Shopping Process
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More than 23 percent of Ohio consumers are considering purchasing a vehicle this year, and 83 percent are more likely to finance the purchase than pay cash, according to a consumer survey conducted by the Ohio Credit Union League. When asked what factors respondents considered when vehicle shopping, 67 percent said monthly payment is the […]
06 - February 2017These Vehicles Have the Best Resale Value
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A great deal on a new vehicle will only stay great if the operating costs remain competitive, and the resale value is strong at trade-in time. A new report from Kelley Blue Book examines the latter. KBB recently ranked vehicles on resale value, and awarded top honors to the best 10. The company’s annual Best […]
27 - January 2017Americans Become Fearful of Rising Interest Rates
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Change is happening in 2017. Not only do Americans have a new President, but the economy seems to be evolving beyond the “new normal” of super-low interest rates created in in the wake of the financial crisis. Think about it: we’ve now gotten used to having 4% mortgages and super cheap car loans. Banks have […]
13 - January 2017Does sticking to a budget work?
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While many Ohio consumers plan to start 2017 off with a household budget/Personal Spending Plan (I like to use the term Personal Spending Plan (PSP) instead of budget. Budget sounds too restrictive and that is not what a PSP is), sticking to that PSP may pose a problem. Data from a consumer survey conducted by […]