Part 1 – Consumers’ and Retailers’ Guide to Mobile Payments

January 20, 2016

You use your smartphone for everything – why not use it as a wallet, too? Mobile wallets are popping up everywhere and are expected to become a primary form of payment over the next few …

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Glossary of Terms: Commercial Banking

December 22, 2015

Have you ever had a conversation with your banker and felt as though he or she were speaking a different language? Banking terminology can be confusing, especially to people who are new to the commercial …

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7 Ways to Spend Less, Stress Less and Celebrate More this Holiday Season

December 3, 2015

It’s the holiday season! That means it’s time to get together and celebrate with family and friends. It also means it’s time to spend money – on food, presents, travel, decorations and more. Holiday spending …

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EMV Chip Cards: What Retailers and Consumers Need to Know Now

November 10, 2015

The Payment Networks’ Liability Shift (PNLS) associated with EuroPay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) credit and debit cards – already adopted by Europe, Canada, Latin America and the Asian/Pacific region – took effect in the United …

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Differences between Bank and Credit Union Lending

October 26, 2015

  There are many kinds of financial institutions in today’s market— how do you determine which is the best fit for your financial needs? There are distinct differences between banks and credit unions that people …

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Mobile Banking: You Don’t Have to Give Up Safety for Convenience

October 21, 2015

Mobile banking is growing in popularity. These easy-to-use apps make it possible for you to take care of time-consuming banking tasks on your smart phone or tablet – anywhere, at any time. If you’re busy …

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Elder Financial Abuse: What it is and How to Protect your Loved Ones

What is elder financial abuse? As the population ages, seniors are increasingly becoming targets of financial abuse. People over the age of 50 control 70% of the nation’s wealth, and those who are frail or …

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Account Hijacking: Types and Prevention

September 14, 2015

What is Account Hijacking? Account hijacking occurs when criminals obtain your user name and password and gain access to your online banking accounts without your knowledge. With this information they could wipe out your funds …

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Synthetic Identity Fraud: Detection and Prevention

September 7, 2015

What is Synthetic Identify Fraud? Synthetic identity fraud (SIF) involves the creation of a fictitious identity often using a stolen Social Security Number (SSN) with a combination of real and fabricated information. To delay detection, …

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Identity Theft: Detection, Recovery and Prevention

August 31, 2015

  What is Identity Theft? Identity theft (ID theft) is the fastest growing crime in America, with 9.9 million incidents per year, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). With these numbers on the rise, …

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