Personal Finance Posts

Fight Stress—including ID Theft Risk—and You May Live Longer

Fight Stress—including ID Theft Risk—and You May Live Longer

What do you do in the face of stress? Chances are, because you’re human—and not as far removed from your lizard-brained ancestors as you might think—you choose one of three options: fight (you tackle it head on), flight (you try to escape it by running away or going Zen), or freeze (you play dead and hope it goes away).

As my co-author, Dr. Michael Roizen of The Cleveland Clinic, and I write in our new book, AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip, running away from your financial stresses—or even trying to deep-breathe them away—doesn’t work. You have to fight them head-on. This is crucial in our quest to make our longer lives happier and healthier ones.

Fight Income Tax Fraud. File Early.

Fight Income Tax Fraud. File Early.

Happy New Year! If you’re among the many Americans making a financial resolution in 2017, you’re on to something. Those who made financial resolutions at the start of 2016 were more optimistic, debt-free and financially secure than those who didn’t, according to Fidelity’s 8th Annual Financial Resolutions Study.  While most people resolve to save more, pay down debt and spend less, here’s another wise move: File your taxes early—to fight income tax fraud.

Travel Safely This Summer

Travel Safely This Summer

By Jean Chatzky, Personal Finance Expert and LifeLock Educational Advisor

We’re headed into the peak of this year’s summer travel season – a season that has already been a doozy.  Perhaps worn out from the polar vortex, a TripAdvisor survey showed that nearly 9 in 10 respondents were planning to get away this summer.  That’s up 6 percent from last year.[1]

But the more you’re on the road, the more likely you are to be a victim of identity theft.  According to new commissioned research conducted in April/May 2014 by Forrester Research for LifeLock, people who traveled for work within the last 12 months are 44% more likely than the rest of the population to have been victims of identity theft.