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A Home of Your Own: How to Evaluate Your Financial Readiness and Save for That Big Down Payment

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Originally Published by Credit.com on Sept. 27, 2017 By Trae Bodge Everyone wants a piece of the American dream, and for many people that dream includes owning a home. But owning a home is one of the biggest financial steps you can take in your life, so it’s important to carefully assess your financial situation […]

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New Survey Finds 42% of Wisconsinites Have Just $1,000 or Less in Savings

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Originally Published in Business Wire on Sept. 20, 2017 SafetyNet survey uncovers significant gaps in Wisconsin worker’s financial preparedness MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Americans struggle to keep up with rising expenses, such as rent, healthcare and monthly costs of living, putting money into a savings account often times falls to the wayside. That is especially true […]

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11 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Debt

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Originally Published on Credit.com on Sept. 9, 2017 By Trae Bodge If you were aghast at how much you spent on holiday gifts when the credit card bills arrived last January, now is the time to start thinking about how to avoid a repeat performance. Even though it may feel shockingly early to begin thinking […]

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Mark Greene: Despite low unemployment, Wisconsin workers on a precipice

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Originally Published in The Cap Times on Sep. 1, 2017 By Mark Greene | SafetyNet director of innovation and product development Recent talk of Wisconsin’s economic landscape tends to focus on our ability to attract business, the wisdom of incentives and associated implications on taxpayers or the number of jobs created. To be sure, finding […]

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Company Profile: SafetyNet

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Originally published on Madison Startups on August 30, 2017 by Audrey Meis If you find yourself suddenly out of work and without the money to pay for everyday expenses, what would you do? These days, you can turn to a new insurance program called SafetyNet, which provides a lump sum payout to customers if they lose their job […]

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CUNA Mutual Group, SafetyNet’s Parent Company, Named 2nd Most Reputable Insurance Company

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Company Also Ranked No. 1 In Life And Investment Insurance Category MADISON, Wis. – CUNA Mutual Group has been recognized as one of the most reputable insurance companies in the United States, by Reputation Institute, with the release of the 2017 US Insurance RepTrak®, the survey of insurance company reputations. CUNA Mutual Group ranked second overall for most reputable insurance […]

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InsurTech startup SafetyNet is using insurance to increase Americans’ financial security

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Originally Published in Silicon Prairie News on July 31, 2017 By Christine McGuigan SafetyNet, a Madison, Wisconsin-based insurance tech startup, is hoping to solve a problem that plagues nearly half of all Americans. “A Fed[eral Reserve] report said that almost half of Americans can’t afford to pay a $400 surprise expense,” said Mark Greene, Director of […]

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Largest black business expo in Wisconsin returns bigger and better

Black Business Expo

Originally Published by WKOW on July 14, 2017 By Brandon Taylor Watch the video MADISON (WKOW) — The largest African American consumer tradeshow in Wisconsin is back for the second summer in a row. The annual Heymiss Progress Expo and Job Fair attracts attendees and vendors from Madison, Milwaukee, and surrounding areas. On Monday, Sabrina Madison […]

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When there’s too much month at the end of the money

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Originally Published in American Banker By Alan Kline For one blackjack dealer at a Mississippi casino, responsible money management requires some clever strategy. “Janice” earns about $26,000 a year, but her income can fluctuate significantly from one month to the next. She has a checking account, but cut her debit card in half and destroyed […]

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An Insurance Policy That Kicks In After Unemployment

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Originally Published in Forbes How financially prepared would you be if you suddenly lost your job or became disabled? Chances are, not very. As a recent Federal Reserve study noted, 31% of Americans are “struggling to get by” or “just getting by.” The Fed has also found that nearly half of U.S. households would struggle to pay […]