Finances

Wed
20
Jun

MN Dept. of Commerce: Going solar: 10 tips for hiring a qualified installer

Minnesota Department of Commerce

 

Mon
04
Jun

MN Dept. of Commerce: New state law will protect seniors against financial fraud

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Governor Dayton signs bipartisan Safe Seniors Financial Protection Act proposed by Minnesota Commerce Department.

 

Tue
27
Feb

MN Dept. of Health: New survey shows Minnesota youth tobacco use rising for the first time in 17 years

Minnesota Department of Health


Youth e-cigarette use up 50 percent since 2014.

Wed
07
Feb

MN Dept. of Commerce: Minnesota consumers warned not to borrow from unlicensed online lenders

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Wed
31
Jan

MN Dept. of Commerce: Energy assistance can help Minnesotans who struggle to pay heating bills

Minnesota Department of Commerce


The past month’s extreme cold has once again reminded Minnesotans how important it is to keep our homes heated in winter for both safety and comfort.

Fri
13
Oct

MN Dept. of Commerce: Tips for investors to keep their information safe and ask questions about cybersecurity

“Payday” lending and short-term consumer loans have nearly doubled in the past five years, reaching a high of 350,000 in 2011.
Minnesotans may turn to payday-lending companies to make ends meet during difficult economic times, but the Department of Commerce urges consumers to beware if committing to a payday loan online.

Fri
02
Jan

What you should know about timeshares

Now that the holidays are upon us, many people dream of taking a tropical vacation or spending time near a popular attraction. If you’re shopping for a getaway, you may have considered a timeshare, an arrangement that generally gives you the right to stay at a certain property for a specified amount of time each year. There are more than 1,500 timeshare resorts in the United States, according to the American Resort Development Association, and the average sales price for a unit is more than $20,000. If you’re thinking of spending your free time at one of them, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers this advice.

Fri
19
Dec

Low or no-cost gift ideas

They say it’s the thought that counts when it comes to gift giving, but quite often it’s the cash that counts, too. According to the National Retail Federation, the average consumer spent $730 on gifts, food and decorations for the winter holidays in 2013. With costs expected to rise this year, savvy holiday shoppers are finding smart ways to save while still making the holidays memorable.

Mon
01
Dec

Avoiding not-so-jolly holiday scams

It’s the beginning of the holiday season, a time when family and friends come together to celebrate. The bad news is that this is also when thieves of all kinds are trying a variety of scams. To help you keep the sparkle in your holidays, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers this advice on scams to avoid so you can keep the season merry.

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