What is a Credit Card Number? It’s Far From Random

Sample Credit Card

Have you ever wondered if your credit card number is something totally random or if there is a system that determines what your number is?  Credit card numbers are pre-determined so that the credit industry can keep track of how many cards there are in what specific areas.

Let’s take a look at the question “what is a credit card number?”

Issuer Identifier

The first six digits of your credit card determine the issuer and are known as the Issuer Identification Number, or IIN.  The first set of the six digits will tell you the issuer of the card and the rest of the six digits will help identify which card from the issuer and where it’s from.  Each card has a determined length of digits.  For example:
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6 Things to Consider Before Retiring

After working long and hard for many years, the idea of retiring is very appealing.  However, you do not want to just decide to retire without proper planning. 

There are 6 important things to consider before retiring.

1. Volatility

If you are planning on retiring, the market volatility influences your retirement account when you have stocks or bonds.  The factors that impact volatility include the state of the economy, current events in the world, taxes, changes in the industry, political unrest, natural disasters and war.  Expanding your money out over different types of investments could help control the risk involved.  It is important to keep track of your portfolio, and make sure it is aligned within your goals.  Make sure your accounts are flexible, so you can make changes when needed.Continue Reading

The High Price of Professional Degrees on Your Finances

There was a time not so long ago when many parents wanted their children to become lawyers or doctors because of the prestige and high salaries those positions garnered.  We still often think of lawyers or doctors being wealthy, but behind the scenes, there can be a dramatically different story.  There can be a high price to a professional degree.  Read the following situations to see what I mean.

A Law School Drop Out

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HUD Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP): Home Loans for Those Facing Foreclosure

One of the most difficult things for many a homeowner during the recession following the recent financial crisis is that through job loss, or through underemployment, foreclosure might be imminent. In order to help those who are in danger of foreclosure due to income loss, the government is offering the Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP). This program is limited, though.  You only have until July 22 to get your preliminary application in, so you need to act fast!

Who Qualifies for HUD Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP)?

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What is Better: A Foreclosure or a Short Sale?

You want to buy a home for less than market value, or do you want to own a second home and are looking for a deal?  There are few active buyers in the real estate market nowadays but those who are seriously looking are considering short sales or foreclosures.  If you are one of these people then what is better for you – a short-sale or a foreclosure?

Is a short-sale best?

Short sale signs are popping up everywhere yet many people do not know what this means.  The seller who chooses a short sale is in a hurry to get out of their mortgage so the lender agrees to accept a mortgage payoff amount that’s less than what’s owed in order to help the seller get out fast.  The lender ultimately forgives the remaining balance of the mortgage loan.
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OneShare.com Review | Stocks as a Gift

Ever get stuck looking for the perfect gift?  You know the person doesn’t need another “thing” and a gift-card seems too impersonal.  How about giving a stock certificate?  OneShare.com enables you to give the gift of a stock certificate for that special someone.  What’s cooler than buying someone a piece of a company they love?

OneShare.com is a privately-owned company that sells stocks one at a time. Lance Lee, a stock broker, came up with the idea in 1996 after years of being asked by parents how to go about buying stocks as presents for their children.  Based in San Francisco, OneShare has sold hundreds of thousands of stocks to satisfied customers all over the world.Continue Reading

Where to Change Your Name After Marriage

Husband and Wife

The most common reason people change their names outside of being in Witness Protection is a bride after her wedding. Taking on your husband’s last name is traditional of a bride, and what many girls have been dreaming of possibly since their first date with the man of their dreams.  Changing your last name is much more than scribbling it on your notebook; there’s actually a lot of work that goes into it.  You have to make sure to change your name after marriage on important accounts and documents.
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