Visa Checkout: A secure and convenient way to pay

How to use credit and debit cards safely and securely without risking the theft of your financial data has been a hot topic lately. The Visa Checkout service can help to protect your card numbers when you shop online at select retailers, and you can enroll using your Alliant Visa® Platinum and Visa® Platinum Rewards credit card and Alliant Visa® debit card.

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Will you find a credit card in a Millennial’s wallet? Not likely.

Look into a Millennial’s wallet and what are the odds that you’ll see a credit card? Only 37%! Millennials, after weathering the Great Recession and becoming averse to financial risk, generally see a credit card as a means to spend money they don’t have and a sure-fire way to go into deep debt. Meanwhile, in the long term, by not using credit cards as a credit building tool, they could be putting their future credit at risk.

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Home prices barometer

U.S. home sale prices in August continue a 30-month trend in year-over-year increases, with August 2014 prices showing an increase of 6.4% nationwide compared to August of 2013, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index.

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Is it time to stop renting and buy a house?

If you’re trying to decide whether to continue renting or to buy a home, you need to carefully weigh the costs and benefits of each option to make a smart, informed decision. Many factors go into calculating the value of renting compared to buying a house – it’s not just a simple comparison of the cost of rent and the cost of a mortgage payment. There are less obvious costs, along with intangible benefits and drawbacks of each option to take into account.

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