4 financial planning tips to prepare for the debt ceiling outcome
With the “fiscal cliff” behind us, Americans now have a new concern on the horizon — the debt ceiling. The fiscal cliff resulted in an average tax increase of $1,600 per year for most taxpayers, and the impact debt ceiling negotiations will have is still uncertain. In light of the uncertainty, consumers are becoming even more diligent when it comes to their spending and saving habits.
Smaller financial institutions look to single, branded checking account to expand
In 2012, credit unions nationwide added 2 million new customers, earned a higher rate of return on their assets and saw delinquency rates decline compared to 2011. The improving economy has contributed to their success, but they say the growth is also a result of their determination to grow.