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Published: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:39:26 GMT


Watch out for official-looking debt scams
Who would have thought you could run into a minefield just trying to slash a few bucks off your student-loan payment each month?

Insurers push policies for coverage gaps
Call it insurance for your health insurance. As deductibles get bigger, insurers are pushing extra coverage that can help people with certain serious health problems cover out-of-pocket costs.

BBB Scam Tracker is on your side
Scam artists want you to act quickly, but if a deal sounds a bit odd or too good to be true, take time to do some research.

Advocates push for post office banking
WASHINGTON - Until the late 1960s, you could walk into a post office and deposit money in a savings account at the same time you bought stamps or mailed packages.

Your Bottom Line
The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate, but the impact on savings accounts and loans won't be big, at least for now.

Keep finances in shape while you get there, too
At this time of the year, a lot of us resolve to get more exercise and get in shape. Many join health and fitness clubs, believing that the facilities - and the financial commitment of membership - may finally supply the motivation to get fit and stay fit.

It's a good time to cash in 1986 savings bonds
Thanks to the higher interest rates of 1986, U.S. savings bonds were a huge deal at the time - to some minds, maybe almost as hot as the stock market.

Consumer group rates Philly-area veterinarians
Just as you choose physicians to treat your family, you want top- notch care for your pets. You can't assess all aspects of a veterinarian's skills, but you can judge many factors central to good care:

Beware triggers of compulsive holiday shopping
You don't need to have a shopping addiction to overspend during the season of "All I Want for Christmas Is More."

To stay safe, freeze your credit reports
So far this year, 100-plus data breaches have resulted in an estimated 153 million financial records being stolen from such big names as Experian, T-Mobile and Anthem, as well as U.S. government personnel records.