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Strategies to deal with life's surprises

An emergency savings fund isn’t just a little extra money for someday. The savings can be a lifeline when you experience an unplanned life event, such as a job loss, divorce, accident or illness.
This is an account of an amazing woman by the name of Oseola McCarty, an African-American cleaning woman from Mississippi who saved over $150,000 during her lifetime and then donated it to a scholarship fund at the University of Mississippi for deserving students who otherwise may not get the chance to go to college. She was also a Presidential Citizens Medal winner and inspired others to give. This is her story.
This is an account of Madam C.J. Walker, an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social activist. She rose from poverty and was the first documented American female self-made millionaire recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.² Madam Walker created a beauty business hiring black women as a means to support themselves, and provided a needed service to her community. She donated generously and supported the NAACP to help stop lynching and empower future African-American lives.¹ This is her story.
Deciding to start a family is one of the most exciting and life-changing decisions a couple can make. All too often, couples get caught up in the rush to decorate and stock up on baby supplies at the expense of prioritizing essential financial planning considerations.
After a lifetime of hard work, you’ve earned your retirement—and all the benefits that come with it, including Social Security. But if you’re retiring before your full retirement age and have other sources of retirement income, you may want to put off applying for your Social Security benefits. Here’s why.

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