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By Suzanne Gellman, Consumer Economic Specialist, University of Missouri Extension   It is getting to be that time of year again; the winter holiday catalogues and holiday decorations are making an appearance.  So…..I am going to start the discussion on holiday spending. The holidays are really about spending time with family and friends, right?  Important

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By Paul Woodruff, Prosperity Connection Everyone in St. Louis seems to have an opinion on payday lending. Politicians decry the industry as usurious. Consumer advocates demand that ‘predatory lenders’ be shut down. Middle and higher-income people don’t understand why the loans cost so much, or why anyone would take one out. Meanwhile, the consumers who

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By Charles Hall II The bottom line is that online fraud is an escalating issue and unfortunately, it’s here to stay. As a result of being inundated with stories of online fraud and fraud claims from customers, I realized that the training and information received by banking professionals is sorely lacking among consumers. Yes, tips

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By Charles Hall II When we think about spring cleaning, most often we think about physically cleaning our living space, throwing away things we don’t need and organizing various areas of the home. Why not adapt that same tradition to our finances? The thought alone may be overwhelming for many but like any other task

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By Sierra Dean, Justine PETERSEN Community Investment and Outreach VISTA You’ve still got time before taxes are due on April 17, 2018, but why not complete your taxes early? If you’re surprised by a tax bill, don’t fret; set up payment options that suit your needs. If you’re getting a refund, completing your taxes early

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