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The Truth About Pre-Paid Debit Cards: Part One, The Advantages

Pre-paid debit cards don’t get much love from the mainstream financial press, and yet they’ve proven to be popular, and are increasing in use and availability. In 2008, pre-paid debit cards were loaded to the tune of $8.7 billion, a … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Education, Saving and Investing

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

Posted in Using Financial Services

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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