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2nd behind Ohana – Cash Advance from a Trusted Company

Almost all Americans, except perhaps the 1%, will take out a loan at some point in their lives, usually for large purchases such as a house, car, or an education. In these situations, large financial institutions have become the go-to … Continue reading

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Bank Fees: Here to Stay

You’ve probably noticed all the talk of new and additional bank fees in the news; or maybe you’ve experienced it firsthand—a new bank fee for a service that used to be free. Unfortunately, that is the new norm—bank fees are … Continue reading

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Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Identity theft is a growing problem, even in a paradise like Hawaii. In fact, because our islands are a tourist destination, we may draw more than our fair share of “opportunists.” Don’t make it easy for someone to steal your … Continue reading

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Financial News You Can Use

Hawaii banks settlement for improper overdraft charges: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/86e8cfa70d5844a7a25ac0ab0b90e9f4/HI–Overdraft-Charges Much-needed proposed oversight of collection and credit-reporting agencies: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/consumer-bureau-proposes-first-crackdown/?hp Good ideas on where and when to use your debit card! http://finance.yahoo.com/news/first-person-5-places-where-never-debit-card-160900796.html How and why traditional banks stay out of touch with their … Continue reading

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Easy Tax Preparation Tips

It may seem like paradise here in Hawaii, but we still have to face the reality of taxes each year, and April 15 will be here soon! Make it easier on yourself by getting started on your tax prep now … Continue reading

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