Entries by Lynn Berube

Talking Dollars, Cents and Sense about Flu Season

By Lynda Mason Living in New England, Milford and Stratford residents always have something special to look forward to at this time of year. We’ve got brilliant foliage in the Fall and picturesque, snowy landscapes in Winter. But there’s one seasonal event that nobody in New England is looking forward to: flu season. While most […]

There’s No Reason to Be Scared Over Record Halloween Spending

By Celeste Lohrenz It’s not uncommon to stress when it comes to holiday spending. We’ve all been there, with a list of presents in one hand and a suddenly shrinking wallet in the other. But it usually takes an entire season of spending until we reach our tipping point racing around for a hot-ticket item […]

Money Talks—How You Should, and Shouldn’t, Discuss Your Finances

By Pat White There are few things in life more uncomfortable than talking about finances. In fact, people are even seven times more likely to discuss their love life with a total stranger than they are their salary. Despite the difficulties we have with communicating about our money, it is nonetheless important to do so. […]

Five Key Takeaways from the MEF Banking App Study

By Matt Kelly There are more smartphones in circulation today than ever before, so it should come as no surprise that mobile banking app usage is on the rise again too. In fact, 61 percent of people use their bank’s app on a daily basis, according to a Mobile Ecosystem Forum’s “Mobile Money Report”, released […]

Equifax Data Breach Hits 143 Million Americans

By Susan Shields These days, there aren’t many big financial decisions that you can make without a credit report. You’ll need one to buy a home, lease a car, and maybe even land a job. But if you had your credit report put together by Equifax, you may be one of 143 million Americans with […]

FTC Warns: Watch Out for Scams When Donating to Hurricane Victims

By Jorge Santiago Late last month, the historic Hurricane Harvey hit the coastal regions of Texas and Louisiana with record-setting rainfalls, leveling entire communities in its path. The aftermath is hard to believe: billions of dollars of property damage and thousands of lives changed forever. But in these trying times, the good will of the […]

Milford, Stratford Residents: What’s Your Emergency Preparedness Plan?

By Jorge Santiago In light of the recent hurricanes that have devastated communities from Texas to Caribbean, Americans are taking notice and recognizing the importance of making sure they themselves are prepared in the case of an emergency. Of course, with Milford and Stratford both on the shoreline, planning for a hurricane should not be […]

Unlucky in Love? Your Credit Score—Not Your Game—May be to Blame

By Trish Townsend Based on the results of a recent Lending Tree survey, Americans are not paying close enough attention when it comes to their credit scores. The report revealed that 60 percent of people around the country do not know their own credit score. On a day-to-day basis, you might not think it matters […]

New Poll Reflects Americans’ Preferred Long-Term Investment Strategies

By Patty Gallagher There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to long-term investment planning. Every individual, and every family, has different needs and wants, expenses and assets. As such, it can be difficult to get the right context to help you make an informed decision that will suit your needs. And while you cannot […]

New Study Reveals Shifting Consumer Expectations for Financial Services Industry

By Jorge Santiago The proliferation of connected technology over the past decade or more has reached a point of near ubiquity, with smartphones, tablets and other Internet-enabled devices just about everywhere we look today. These devices, and the power to connect, has given rise to a drastic shift in consumer expectations and behavior, forcing all […]