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Relax Even More on Your Next Vacation with Travel Insurance

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Americans insure their health, their homes, their cars, and their lives, so why not their vacations? A study conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates found that only 21% of respondents had ever purchased some type of travel insurance and only 7% said they purchase it regularly. Considering the wide array of product offerings and coverage options, this relatively unknown and underutilized market segment may be more useful than it appears.

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The Rising Cost of Convenience: Out-of-Network ATM Fees Hit Record Highs

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Looking to make a quick withdrawal from the ATM down the street? Well, if it isn’t owned by your bank, you’ll be paying more than ever. According to a Bankrate analysis, average out-of-network ATM withdrawal fees have risen to an all-time high of $4.57 per transaction.

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Are Your Cards the New King?

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If you feel that you have been making less use of cash lately, you are not the only one. 2016 may finally be the year that cash loses its title as king, forfeiting that top position to credit and debit cards instead. Based on research recently conducted by Euromonitor International, a market research company, consumers around the globe are expected to spend nearly $23.1 trillion on goods and services through alternative means, eclipsing the $22.6 trillion forecast for cash transactions.

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The Numbers Behind the “Unofficial End of Summer”

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In 1882, in New York City, Peter McGuire and Matthew Maguire put together the first Labor Day parade with 10,000 workers protesting the unfair working conditions. This holiday now celebrates the American labor movement and everything that workers contribute toward the prosperity, well-being, and strength of the United States of America. Continue reading “The Numbers Behind the “Unofficial End of Summer””

Back-to-School Savings Study Guide

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According to the National Retail Federation, families in America spent an average of $630.36 per child on back-to-school needs like electronics, clothing, and school supplies in 2015. That’s 42% more than families spent a decade ago! With costs increasing, follow these 4 easy tips to graduate this year’s back-to-school shopping season with an A+.

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Happy Fourth of July!

Summer is finally in full swing, which means America’s birthday is right around the corner. The Fourth of July marks the festive occasion when Americans can gather with their friends and family to celebrate America’s independence and enjoy summertime fun. This weekend, 64.5% of Americans will attend a social gathering such as a barbecue or picnic. Just remember to be safe this holiday and from all of us here at Condor Capital, have a happy Fourth of July! Additionally, check out the infographic from WalletHub below to learn more about the numbers pertaining to the upcoming festivities:

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Condor Capital Management Highlights What Not to Keep in Your Wallet

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Your bulging wallet is doing more than just burning a hole in your pocket. It also acts as the key for any thief wishing to take over your identity. This is especially noteworthy, since some reports suggest that 1,000 wallets and purses are stolen every two minutes in the United States.

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Condor Capital Management Suggests What to Review When Considering Retirement Abroad

The idea definitely has its merits: Move abroad to a beautiful place and live for a fraction of what it would cost to retire in the United States, especially in light of increasing life expectancies and costs of living. Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, and Thailand are all popular retirement destinations for Americans not only because of their temperate climates, but also for their marginal costs when compared to the United States.

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Condor Capital Management Dissects the Credit Score

MARTINSVILLE, N.J., June 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — When it comes to finance, numbers clearly matter. However, one of the most powerful within the realm of personal finance is a three digit indicator that shows just how worthy of a borrower an individual is – the notorious credit score. We have all heard about it, but what exactly is this and how is it comprised? According to Ken Schapiro of Condor Capital Management, it is a three-digit number that is generated from information collected by credit agencies and paints a picture of how healthy someone’s finances are. By taking a look at this score, lenders have an initial indication on whether or not to extend credit to you for such things as a mortgage or car loan. In addition, if you are approved for credit, your credit score will also be utilized to determine the interest rate that you are charged. Generally speaking, Schapiro says that a good credit score to target is 720 or higher, though all lenders will have different standards to determine what score is optimal for the extension of their services. With so many factors to consider, it is increasingly important to build a strong credit history and work to increase your credit score over time. However, in order to consider ways to increase a credit score, it’s important to know what goes into a credit score is.

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