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‘When Can I Shred This Check?’ and Other Online Banking FAQ

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As the COVID-19 pandemic leads banking customers to lean into online technology to manage their money, those trying online banking for the first time may find themselves with questions about how to handle things previously done in person or with paper documents.

If you’re stuck on how to handle some of the practical aspects of online banking, here are answers to common questions.

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How to Be Reunited With Your Long-Lost Money

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Are you owed money you don’t even know about? You might be, if your name is in an unclaimed property database.

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Don’t Wait to Refinance These Student Loans

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If you have private student loans, refinancing them as soon as you can get a lower interest rate should be a no-brainer. Here’s why.

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Student Loan Refi Rates Keep Dropping, Should You Take the Plunge?

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Student loan refinancing rates continue to drop. Based on an analysis of 23 lenders’ advertised rates, the average minimum fixed interest rate on refinanced student loans was 3.51% on July 1. But refinancing isn’t for everyone. Here’s how to tell if you should take this step right now.

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Financial Lessons We’ve Learned While Staying at Home

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Shelter in place. Lockdown. Quarantine. Here are three pieces of money advice you can apply to your bank account, budget and lifestyle as life evolves after lockdown.

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10 tactics scammers use to trick credit union members

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Here are 10 common practices scammers keep in their arsenals to attempt to fool your members and commit fraud.

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How to Plan and Budget for DIY Projects Now

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Did you find yourself cooped up during the pandemic-induced stay-at-home orders, blankly staring at the walls of your house, longing for more? Plan the project’s size, type and budget to fit current circumstances.

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Don’t Fall for COVID-19 Student Loan Relief Scams

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Student loan borrowers were targets for scams before the coronavirus pandemic hit. The longer people struggle, the more desperate they become, and that’s when scammers and fraudsters thrive.

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6 Do’s and Don’ts When Saving Money During a Crisis

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Probably the last thing you want to think about during a crisis is working on healthy financial habits like saving money. But if you’re able to save, you can make your eventual recovery easier and you may benefit from these saving strategies now or down the road.

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Advance-Fee Loan Fraud and Other Scams to Avoid in 2020

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There’s a new scam born every minute. Here we help you learn how to watch out for advance-fee loan fraud and other common scams that have the potential to ruin your finances, your credit, and your life.

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