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Car Buying Tips: Is It Best to Buy New, Used, or Lease?

Car Buying Tips: Is It Best to Buy New, Used, or Lease?

Is it better to buy a car or lease a car? What are the pros and cons of buying new and buying used? Take a look at our list of the advantages and disadvantages of each option, as well as tips for getting a good deal.

What is a home loan pre-approval and how to get one?

What is a home loan pre-approval and how to get one?

Before you start shopping for a new home, you often need to have a mortgage pre-approval in hand in order to show that you are a serious buyer. Learn how to breakdown mortgage payments, what is a mortgage pre-approval and how to get one in this guide.

Keep Your Credit in Check: Staying Active

Keep Your Credit in Check: Staying Active

Having a card account closed by the issuer can hurt your credit scores. Use your cards regularly to avoid cancellation due to inactivity.

Buying A New Car vs. Buying A Used Car, And How To Finance Your Purchase

Buying A New Car vs. Buying A Used Car, And How To Finance Your Purchase

If you’re beginning to think about your next car—and you should think about your next car before you need to—talk to Seattle Credit Union.

Retirement Planning: Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA vs. 401(k)

Retirement Planning: Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA vs. 401(k)

Along with building your financial independence comes the responsibility of retirement planning. Take a look at the three most popular saving accounts: Roth IRA, IRA, and a 401(k) to see how they can help you save for retirement.

How to Protect Against and Recover from Identity Theft

How to Protect Against and Recover from Identity Theft

Identity theft happens when someone uses another’s personal information without permission, and everyone’s a target. Criminals look for social security numbers, birthdates, passwords, Medicare numbers, passport numbers, and bank account numbers.

Here’s How And Why You Should Review Your Credit Report Every Year

Here’s How And Why You Should Review Your Credit Report Every Year

Your credit report is one of the most important and helpful tools you have to manage your personal finances. Credit reports detail everything that makes up – and influences – your credit score.

Four Actions That Can Help Break the Payday Loan Cycle

Four Actions That Can Help Break the Payday Loan Cycle

When you take out payday loans, it’s easy to fall into a trap. While they are convenient, these loans charge exorbitant interest rates.

FICO Credit Scores on the Up and Up

FICO Credit Scores on the Up and Up

Whether you are looking for your first home, refinancing a car, or renting an apartment, understanding your credit score and how to improve your score is beneficial to securing better rates along your financial journey.

CDs vs. Share Certificates: What’s the Difference and Why Should You Care?

CDs vs. Share Certificates: What’s the Difference and Why Should You Care?

If you’re shopping around for financial products, you may have come across two similar things with different names: Certificates of Deposit (CDs) and Share Certificates.

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