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August is national Make-a-Will Month. While it’s not most people’s favorite topic, it’s an important document to consider. A survey by Caring.com finds more than half of adults don’t have a will. Mindy talks with WSMH FOX66 Profitt Report about making sure your assets are protected. One option, McIntosh explained, is a will. You use […]

Mindy talks with Michigan’s WSMH Fox66 Profitt Report about politics and your retirement. During years of political change we often hear people wondering if politics in Washington D.C. will impact our lives in mid-Michigan. “Is there much difference between democratic and republican? And do we need to worry about who’s in the administration?” McIntosh said. […]

Credit Score Changes There are big changes coming to the way our credit scores are calculated. Financial professional Mindy McIntosh talked with WSMH about how these changes will impact all of us and offered tips to boost your credit score. Pay your bills on time and make your monthly payments in full. This will always […]

Classrooms at universities and colleges across the nation will be back to classes soon. You might have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew who is all set to spend their semester studying, socializing and living on their own. You have prepared them for college life by teaching them how to grocery shop, prepare simple meals […]

There are big changes coming to the way our credit scores are calculated. Financial professional Mindy McIntosh talked with WSMH about how these changes will impact all of us and offered tips to boost your credit score. Pay Off Debt – Pay your bills on time and make your monthly payments in full. This will […]

Identity (ID) theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information, such as your full name or social security number, to commit fraud. The identity thief can use your information to fraudulently apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services. These acts can damage your credit status, and cost you time and […]

If you put off your holiday shopping until November or December, it will likely cost you more money, time and stress! Financial professional Mindy McIntosh talks with WJRT about why it’s time to embrace Christmas in July! She shared 4 tips to get started: 1. Put Pen to Paper – If you do nothing else […]

Being free from the burden of debt might sound too good to be true, but it’s possible. Mindy McIntosh talks with Fox 66 Profitt Report: “Some people feel like financial independence is being very wealthy,” says Mindy, who has a simpler view of what it means to be financially free. “It’s more of ‘okay we […]

Financial Challenges for Women Preparing for the future is one of the most important aspects of financial strategizing, and a lack of involvement often leaves women, in particular, potentially exposed to financial hardships later in life. Don’t expect a spouse, partner, or other family member to help ensure financial security. Women investors face several challenges […]

Fun activities in the summer can turn into wonderful teaching tools and they keep everyone in the family active! Create a scrub-a-dub toy wash. Trying to do your own spring cleaning? Get the kids involved with a toy wash. Bring out all the bikes, trikes, trucks and more and run them through the hose, sprinkler […]

Preparing for the future is one of the most important aspects of financial strategizing, and a lack of involvement often leaves women, in particular, potentially exposed to financial hardships later in life. Don’t expect a spouse, partner, or other family member to help ensure financial security. Women investors face several challenges to helping build wealth […]

No price is set in stone, and that goes for a wide variety of goods and services! Whether you’re shopping for a couch or a cellphone, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for a better deal. It doesn’t hurt to ask; a little haggling could add up to big savings. Financial professional Mindy […]

Financial envy is even more of a thing now than it was back in 1913 when cartoonist Arthur R. “Pop” Momand debuted the comic strip “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” which centered on the misadventures of Aloysius P. McGinnis and his family, who were always trying to keep up with their never-seen neighbors, the Joneses. […]

This time of year we’re honoring grads and dads. But finding a gift they really want or need can be tricky! Turns out, it’s a great time to buy a gift card. Financial professional Mindy McIntosh talks with WSMH FOX 66 Profitt Report about how to protect yourself from scams and get great bonus deals! […]

Every parent wants to see their children succeed academically, socially and financially too! But a recent study found that 69% of parents are reluctant to talk their children about money. Financial professional Mindy McIntosh talks with Michigan’s WJRT about how we can make finances less taboo and more “can do” and help our children be […]