Category Archives: Featured
August 28, 2017

When your personal finances teeter on the brink, your first instinct might be to do something drastic. Freeze your credit cards in a block of ice. Vow to never eat out again. Forgo your Netflix subscription. These tactics may help, but financial experts say paying off debt requires a more comprehensive plan. One common strategyRead the Rest »

August 7, 2017

Summertime brings more than sunburns and barbecues — it can also send your monthly expenses through the roof. But with a little work now, you can enjoy the hot season and avoid pinching pennies in the fall. “Ideally, one saves a little bit of money in each of the cooler months and then spends downRead the Rest »

May 30, 2017

Certificates of deposit, or CDs, are not the most exciting investments, but they are among the safest. They make perfect sense for the risk-averse or for people just looking to park some cash over a specific period of time. The ABCs of CDs CDs differ from traditional savings accounts in that you are committing toRead the Rest »

April 3, 2017

Once the thrill of becoming a homeowner wears off, reality sets in. Your home is likely to be the biggest single investment you’ll make in your lifetime. If you want to preserve its value over time, that means doing regular maintenance. Know what to expect Mortgage finance company Freddie Mac has a useful checklist toRead the Rest »

March 13, 2017

One of the best ways to painlessly meet your long-term financial goals is to set up an automatic system that distributes your paycheck where it needs to go — toward bills, savings accounts and emergency funds. We asked financial advisor Anna Sergunina for tips on setting up such a system to make saving money easier.  Read the Rest »

March 6, 2017

You get your paycheck, pay your bills and then see you have a nice pile of money left over. Suddenly, the list of things you want to buy is longer than you remember and you decide to indulge. After all, you did the responsible thing and got your bills paid first, so you deserve aRead the Rest »

February 27, 2017

Buying a house is a common undertaking for many Americans, but it’s also one of the most complicated — not to mention costly — purchases adults will ever make. It’s important to understand these 10 essential terms so you understand how much house you can afford and make smart decisions when you buy a home. Adjustable-rateRead the Rest »

February 6, 2017

As the 2017 tax season gets underway, Belmont Savings Bank is urging all customers to take extra precaution when filing their return to prevent their exposure to tax fraud. “Fraudsters are using very clever tactics to get a hold of your personal information and submit false tax claims,” said Hal Tovin, COO of Belmont SavingsRead the Rest »

December 3, 2016

October 22, 2016 by Christine Giordano Last year, most of us in the colder states got lucky with one of the warmest winters on record. We didn’t have to crank the heat and cheaper fuel prices staved off high utility bills. But we might not be so lucky this year. Although no one can never truly predictRead the Rest »

November 14, 2016

As technology advances, you can be sure that identity thieves are not far behind. Here are some common methods cyberthieves use to steal your personal information and how you can increase your security while shopping or banking. Phishing/vishing Your email messages may not be quite what they appear to be if you’re targeted by a phishingRead the Rest »