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Finance Tips For Single Women

The way most people live these days is drastically different than in generations past. People are generally waiting until much later in life to marry and have families. Considering this, many women will be single for at least part of their adult lives. Also considering the current rates of divorce, there is a reasonable likelihood that many women will find themselves single again at some stage after marrying. Those time-honored gender roles tend to suggest that most women are not great at putting their own needs first, though when it comes to personal finances, women must consider their own needs and wants in order to secure their financial future.
Read the entire article at http://finance.yahoo.com/news/finance-tips-single-women-184319399.html.

Report: Nearly 63 percent of Alabama households have almost no emergency savings (poll)

A recent report by the nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development in Washington, D.C. says 62.7 percent of Alabama households are financially insecure.

The 2014 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, which ranks Alabama 48th overall in financial stability and in state policies designed to assist families who are struggling, describes those who are financially insecure as "liquid asset poor," meaning they do not have up to three months of basic expenses saved in the event of a job loss, health emergency or other crisis.

While most of Alabama's "liquid asset poor" households live on an income below $23,550 for a family of four, the study shows 27 percent of households earning more than $65,580 a year have less than three months of savings for emergencies.

The analysis also ranked Alabama on financial assets and income, businesses and jobs, housing and homeownership, healthcare and education. 

Click here to read CFED's full report on Alabama.

The Best Savings Tips We’ve Ever Heard

At LearnVest, we're all about quick and easy.
That's why we love the little tricks that can bolster your budget in big ways. And when looking for ways to save money, get organized and be more productive, who better to ask than the LearnVest staff?
From saving money on meals to breaking bad financial habits, our team practices what we preach, and we're happy to share the prized "life-hacks" that make our days easier (and our bank accounts fuller).
Read the rest at
http://www.learnvest.com/2012/10/the-best-savings-tips-weve-ever-heard/.

The Average Woman: How Does Your Spending Compare?

Do you ever feel a pang of guilt when you hand over $4 for a fancy coffee? Do you have an internal rule for how much is too much to spend on shoes?
True: There's no such thing as normal when it comes to spending -- money is about choices, and if you create a healthy budget that allows for your financial goals, everyday costs and lifestyle expenses, you should spend on what you intend to and feel good about it.
But that doesn't mean we're not curious about how other people spend their money!
Read the rest at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/learnvest/women-and-money_b_2005615.html.

Americans Flopped This Personal Finance Quiz. Can You Do Better?

Only 14 percent of Americans correctly answered all five questions in a survey of financial literacy that was released May 30, 2013. Keep reading to the bottom of this article to see if you can do better.
Read the rest at
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-05-31/americans-flopped-this-personal-finance-quiz-dot-can-you-do-better.

The Consumer Finance Watchdog Is Having an Impact

In the year and a half since opening its doors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has hired more than 1,000 staffers, collected 90,000 consumer complaints, and begun supervising many of the 153 banks under its authority.
Read the rest at
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-10/the-consumer-finance-watchdog-is-having-an-impact.

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