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5 reasons not to contribute to your 401k

One of the most common pieces of retirement advice is to max out your 401k. That bit of conventional wisdom isn't for everyone, though.
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Are credit cards more expensive now?

Three years ago a major credit card reform law was implemented. Has it affected the way you use your cards?
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BNSF donates to military programs

Gov. Steve Bullock and BNSF Railway Foundation announced two $10,000 donations to Montana nonprofits — the Montana Air National Guard Family Support Fund and the Big Sky Air Force Association — that provide support to military members and their families.
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The Secret Millionaire Twins

Kathleen and Robert Magowan of Simsbury, Conn., never attracted much attention during their lifetimes.

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How card companies spot fraud before you do

Advances in technology help credit card companies notice irregularities first.
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7 money moves to become a stay-at-home parent

If you're planning on staying at home with the kid and becoming a one-income family, here are some pointers to clear up your financial picture.
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Best children's books for money lessons

When it comes to explaining dad’s unemployment or family budgeting, these stories offer parents easy openings.
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Free Advice For Job Seekers

A big job placement firm is offering job seekers, and workers who want to transition into another position, free call-in advice next month.

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10 reasons to rent in retirement

Retirees often need the help with maintenance and repairs that renting provides.
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How to get a mortgage with bad credit

You don’t need a large down payment or great credit in order to purchase a home with competitive market terms.
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5 bad ways to pick a mutual fund

Focusing too much on ratings and past performance are common, and often costly, mistakes.
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Use technology to build your credit

Common sense dictates that you need to keep a close eye on your finances, but often life gets in the way. Technology can help.
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3 reasons the market isn't overvalued

We're overdue for a correction. But for investors with a long-term view, share prices, while hardly in bargain territory, are still reasonable.
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10 retirement moves for your 20s

Sure, you have decades to save. But this is the time to adopt financial habits that determine a successful retirement (and you don't want to miss out on the magic of compound interest).
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What’s Hot? Cold Weather Scams

3121087974_86188af248Recent falling temperatures in parts of the U.S. have prompted a new wave of a tried-and-true power play – fraudsters posing as utility company workers to threaten to shut off your service because of supposedly unpaid bills.

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Great Falls College launches program to help veterans

After 23 years in the Air Force and his own academic experiences, Mike Campbell is now helping other veterans navigate higher education at Great Falls College MSU.
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Fraud Watch Network: Fight ID Theft and Scams

Fraud Watch Network: Fight ID Theft and Scams
By Nancy LeaMond

The con gathers an arsenal of information by being personable and being friendly… the logic goes out the window, the emotion kicks in, now I’ve endeared you to me, now I’m no longer the predator on the phone, I’m Jim from New York.” – Jimmy Edwards, The Con Artist’s Playbook

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Shopping With Credit-Card Readers Attached to Smartphones

If my friend Beth’s recent holiday buying is any indication, shoppers are in for a more-connected experience. Last week, my 82-year-old buddy wanted to buy a platter at her church bazaar. She was met with a “newfangled credit-card” gadget.

“The salesgirl told me to slide my credit card through a little square thing attached to her phone,” Beth told me.  “She said it was safe, I did it, I hope it was ok.”

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Paying it forward: Credit union creates ripples in community

How much happiness can $73 buy? How much good can be done on the fly, with little time to plan and only a few hours to implement? The staff of Montana Federal Credit Union spent Monday afternoon doing their best to find out.
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Debit vs. credit: Which card should you use?

Using a credit card can have financial benefits and provide a level of consumer protection. But in some instances, debit is the wiser choice.
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