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Selecting a cellphone and plan that fits your lifestyle
(BPT) - Whether taking the plunge and joining the smartphone crowd or simply replacing a tired old cellphone, buying a new device takes careful deliberation. From selecting carriers and avoiding contracts to deciding on a type of phone and a specific model, numerous decisions must be made to find the right phone for your...
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Five insider tips to save money when buying a car
(BPT) - As the weather warms, car buying season gets into full swing. Even though interest rates are still at or near record lows, there are additional ways smart buyers are saving even more cash on their next vehicle and staying within their budgets. 'Purchasing power is crucial when it comes to buying a vehicle and it'...
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Lost dress? No-show caterer? Bankrupt photographer? How to protect yourself from the worst wedding disasters
(BPT) - Your wedding is supposed to be a magical day you remember for the rest of your life. It also is sure to be one of the most expensive days of your life. From the dress to the catering to the photographer, the average wedding costs nearly $30,000. With all that money and emotion on the line, you want to do everythi...
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Mind Your B.I.S. - Tips to jumpstart your financial well-being
(BPT) - In the next few months, high school seniors across the country will be anxiously checking mailboxes for college acceptance letters. With two-thirds of recent high school grads enrolling in college as of 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , it is the first step on a journey towards personal and fina...
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How to diversify your retirement portfolio in ways you might not have imagined
(BPT) - Many investors are taking more control of their financial future by investing in alternatives to the stock market including real estate, land, promissory notes, oil and gas. Sue Jensen of New York grew frustrated after watching her life savings take a hit year after year in the stock market. A couple of years ago...
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Don't let crooks steal your tax refund: Identity theft prevention tips
(BPT) - To itemize or not to itemize, deductions, exemptions, interest income and capital gains - you have a lot to think about when you're doing your taxes. While you're preparing your return, don't overlook a consideration that's every bit as important as whether you owe or are due a refund - tax-related identity theft...
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Preparing for peace of mind in retirement
(BPT) - Everyone's vision for retirement is different - for some it involves trips across the globe, while for others it means relocating to a new city or picking up a new hobby. Regardless of what your retirement goals might be, preparing to achieve them financially should include a plan that anticipates both the expect...
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Five things they don't teach you in school about how to secure your financial future
(BPT) - Anyone over a certain age has heard about the 'the three Rs' of education - reading, writing and arithmetic. The thinking is that if you graduate from school knowing how to read, write and solve basic math problems, you'll have the fundamentals for a successful life. But these days much more is required, especial...
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Building your professional brand
(BPT) - Personal branding is an elusive topic to most people, yet it is important for career success. Wise professionals with career success know it can mean the difference between landing that dream job and never getting noticed. So what do you think of when you hear the word 'professional brand?" Simply stated, a brand...
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Small business 101: What you may not know about your credit card processor
(BPT) - Small businesses comprise approximately 50 percent of the total working U.S. population. In 2011, non-employer small businesses alone generated $989.6 billion total revenues, according to Business Insider. Small businesses are vital to a thriving local community, a successful national economy and credited with es...
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Family needs compete with retirement among Hispanic Americans, survey finds
(BPT) - Long term financial planning can be daunting for many Americans, however, Prudential's 2014 Hispanic American Finance Experience survey indicates that the Hispanic community may face distinct challenges. According to a recent survey on how Hispanic Americans manage their finances, the Hispanic American community ...
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Survey says: Payday loan users savvier than you think
(BPT) - Read enough about the state of Americans' finances and you might get the impression that the average consumer is fairly clueless when it comes to making good money decisions. But a new survey indicates that Americans are more credit-savvy than you might think about how and when to use one of the most-maligned typ...
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FILE - In this May 19, 2010 file photo, clouds hover above the world's highest peak Mount Everest, as seen from Syangboche, about 125 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Katmandu, Nepal. Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said Monday, May 21, 2012, that a German, a Nepal-born Canadian and a Korean died Saturday while descending from the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit. (AP Photo/ Binod Joshi, File)A Nepalese official says six local guides have been killed and nine others are missing.


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Coast Guard and Navy divers search for the missing passengers from a capsized ferry at sea some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo on April 17, 2014Investigators say the third officer was in command at the time of the deadly accident.


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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives a press conference in Geneva on April 17, 2014Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement. While not spelt out explicitly, that was a likely reference to pro-Kremlin separatists who have taken over parts of Ukraine's restive southeast. The deal appeared to mark a sharp change from the tone taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day, when he left the door open for armed intervention in Ukraine. At the same time, Obama said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.


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