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Smart About Money: “Did the tax code overhaul kill home equity loans?”

“Did the tax code overhaul kill home equity loans?”  That was the headline of an article in The Washington Post in January. Considering that millions and millions of homeowners have home equity lines and loans (and love them), it was pretty alarmist.

And it turns out that home equity lines and loans are alive and well. Even The Washington Post eventually admitted it later in their story.

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Smart About Money: Protecting yourself from data breaches – why bother?

These big data breaches – like the recent Equifax hack – are very frustrating. Especially when they happen to huge companies that you’d think would have multiple layers of systems in place to protect themselves and their customers’ information.

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Smart About Money: Paying for College in 2017 … What I Learned

Every parent who has kids planning to go to college thinks about the cost. How could you not? When we’re starting to see the $70,000 a year mark regularly surpassed at private colleges (for tuition, room & board), the idea of coming up with that kind of money by an August due-date four years running is daunting.

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