Home prices barometer, August 2014

Nationwide, U.S. home sale prices increased by 9.3% in May 2014 compared to May 2013. From April 2014 to May 2014, the price of sold homes rose by 1.1% while the overall number of homes for sale also increased. Since bottoming out in March of 2012, the Case-Shiller Index, which measures markets including approximately half of American homes, has risen 27.3%.

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How to live on what you make

It’s a universal goal: Living on what you make. And luckily, it’s not too hard to accomplish it, if you know a few simple rules. Personal finance expert Jean Chatzky shares two key steps that can help you to live on what you make..

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Did vacation blow your budget to bits?

If you spent more than you planned on your vacation this summer – or even if you just eat out more now because of your hectic schedule of work and little league games – now is the time to sit down and reassess your budget. It’s not too late to get back on track financially!

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The cost of debt on your health

Debt isn’t just bad for your finances, the hidden cost to your health from debt stress is significant. A growing body of research indicates that debt has dramatic costs on our mental and physical well-being. We’re just starting to learn the hidden toll financial stress can take on your health and your life, and it’s worse than you think.

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What are Certificates and who should consider them?

If you're ready to take your investments up a notch without a lot of stress or fuss, then it’s time to get acquainted with Certificates. Share certificates sold by credit unions are a safe way to grow your money with terms and products to fit most budgets and lifestyles. Learn what Certificates are, why someone might choose to invest in a Certificate instead of another savings vehicle and which savers are the best candidates to consider Certificates.

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