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Mastering Your Money

Mastering your money requires knowing how to set and reach your goals. How to shop for the best interest rates. How to save money effectively. Knowing how money works in the world. Make this the starting point on your money road map.

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Mastering Your Money

Just as you change over the decades, so should your retirement investing strategy.
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These obstacles can stand in the way of achieving your financial goals.
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Following these basic tenets will help you triumph over just about any money challenge.
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Master your money and your universe
What kind of hero are you? Find out how to become a super-savvy savings hero.
These articles were produced by the Bankrate.com native advertising staff, as directed and approved by Synchrony Bank, and are being utilized by Synchrony Bank as part of Synchrony Bank's #SaveLikeAHero promotion.
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Savers, strike back! Tips for supercharging your savings

Looking for ways to supercharge your savings? Try these ideas on for size.
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Money Pulse

How do Americans feel about the financial products they use every day? Do consumers know as much as they should about credit scores, taxes, college loans and retirement saving? Find out with Bankrate's monthly Money Pulse survey, which explores Americans' financial opinions and knowledge. When it comes to money matters, are we smart and self-assured -- or less than literate? The Money Pulse has the answers!
Getting a mortgage with someone with bad credit? Here's why it can cost you thousands.
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52 Weeks of Savings

Can you try a new way to save every week for a year? Each week, Bankrate will try a new way of saving money and chronicle the journey. Try our 52-week savings challenge.
When to avoid store brands

A store brand can save you money, but is the quality always as good as the name brand?

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5 holiday spending errors

Put everything on credit cards? No! Avoid this and 4 other mistakes.

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Don't rule out saving money just because you're squeezed. Try these simple tricks.

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Financial Security Index

How do Americans feel about their job security, net worth, level of savings and debt? Bankrate's Financial Security Index finds out.
11% of poll respondents say attacks in Europe make them wary of buying stocks.
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Impatience with income has led to a wavering sense of financial security in the U.S.
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You might be surprised how stocks reacted to infamous terrorist attacks since 2001.
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Savings surveys

Each year, Bankrate turns to its skilled researchers to answer questions about the financial marketplace for consumers, gathering thousands of data points on everything from what is a reasonable amount to pay for CD early withdrawals to fees you can expect to see on a typical checking account.
Bankrate's 2015 High-Yield Checking Survey finds you can earn a good return on high-yield checking -- if you meet the requirements.
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Positive feelings about job security and savings make Americans feel more secure.
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Our survey shows average yields increased, beating other cash investments.
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Federal Reserve news

See how the Fed has explained its decision not to give interest rates a new nudge.
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Mixed economic data will complicate the Fed's rate-hike decision at this week's meeting.
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See how soon interest rates will rise for mortgages and other financial products.
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