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International Records and Information Management Awareness Month Posted on Apr 28

International Records and Information Management Awareness Month

There are many reasons to celebrate the month of April, including International Records and Information Management (RIM) Awareness Month.  This globally recognized time highlights the importance and necessity of establishing and implementing policies, systems, and procedures to capture, create, access, distribute, use, store, secure, and   …Continue Reading International Records and Information Management Awareness Month

Fair Housing Month: 2022 Posted on Apr 20

Fair Housing Month: 2022

The month of April is dedicated to recognizing the Fair Housing Act of 1968. During this month, The Department of Housing and Urban Development along with other governmental entities and housing-focused groups hold events, panels, and seminars to help educate the public about fair housing,   …Continue Reading Fair Housing Month: 2022

Get Ready for Tax Day Posted on Apr 11

Get Ready for Tax Day

The deadline to file taxes is quickly approaching for most taxpayers throughout the country. Taxpayers may decide to do their own taxes using online software or simple filing forms, while others opt to hire a tax professional.  Whether you plan to file yourself or choose   …Continue Reading Get Ready for Tax Day

National Financial Literacy Month: April 2022 Posted on Apr 8

National Financial Literacy Month: April 2022

Mastering personal money management is a great accomplishment and vital life skill for all consumers.  Do you stick to a budget or sometimes fall short on monthly expenses?  If you identify with the latter, this month is a perfect time to start balancing your checkbook   …Continue Reading National Financial Literacy Month: April 2022

Tips to Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams Posted on Apr 1

Tips to Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

As technology continues to advance, identity thieves are also becoming more clever. Scammers are constantly developing new, nearly undetected, tactics to trick their targets.  The most common way consumers are defrauded online is through phishing.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center recorded   …Continue Reading Tips to Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

Learn about the 2022 Spring Housing Market Posted on Mar 22

Learn about the 2022 Spring Housing Market

Spring has sprung, and just like the weather, the housing market continues to warm up.  Home purchase prices and rental costs are at record highs across the nation and in the Commonwealth. The biggest hurdle for Massachusetts homebuyers, like tenants, is the low inventory of   …Continue Reading Learn about the 2022 Spring Housing Market

World Consumer Rights Day Posted on Mar 14

World Consumer Rights Day

Sixty years ago, on March 15, 1962, President John F. Kennedy addressed Congress saying, “Consumers, by definition, include us all.  They are the largest economic group in the economy, affecting and affected by almost every public and private economic decision.”  Today on the same day   …Continue Reading World Consumer Rights Day

National Credit Education Month: March 2022 Posted on Mar 7

National Credit Education Month: March 2022

A good credit score allows consumers to borrow money from lenders, typically at lower interest rates. Your credit score also affects your ability to obtain things such as an apartment lease, mobile phone, insurance, cable, or utility plan. This month is National Credit Education Month,   …Continue Reading National Credit Education Month: March 2022

HIC Social Media Recap Blog Posted on Feb 28

HIC Social Media Recap Blog

Planning for a remodeling or construction project requires great attention to detail and follow through by both consumers and contracted businesses.  In Massachusetts, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) registers qualified home improvement contractors and offers certain protections for eligible homeowners and   …Continue Reading HIC Social Media Recap Blog

America Saves Week 2022: Building Financial Resilience Posted on Feb 21

America Saves Week 2022: Building Financial Resilience

The past two years have been challenging both in Massachusetts and across the globe, and many of these challenges have impacted consumer finances.  In fact, a Bankrate.com survey recently reported that only 40% of Americans have enough savings for a $1,000 unanticipated expense.  To help   …Continue Reading America Saves Week 2022: Building Financial Resilience