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Real Smarts: What Rising Interest Rates Really Mean…to You

The Federal Reserve interest hikes.  Sure, it’s not exactly the most interesting topic to  read about, especially at a time when we’re seeing breakthrough photos of Mars or experiencing “Out of This World” holiday sales.  But the fact is, rising federal interest rates is a topic that really does affect your world, or more importantly, your wallet.  Here to shed some light on rising interest rates and why they should be of great interest to you is Avidia’s Real Smart expert, Don Frost, Senior Vice President of Residential Lending.


Real Money Smarts: Get the 411 on 529 Plans

Kids aren’t expensive.

Whoever said that probably never looked at the price of college tuition. According to the College Board, “the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2017–2018 school year was $34,740 at private colleges, $9,970 for state residents at public colleges, and $25,620 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.” That, of course, leaves parents looking to provide their children with brighter futures with One. Burning. Question. 

How the heck can I afford it?


Real Smarts: Mobile Payments

Take (Some of) The Pain Out of Paying People Back

Let’s face it, paying people is just a not-so-fun part of everyday life – whether you’re paying your landlord, a friend for your share of Friday night dinner, or the commisioner of your fantasy football league. And while most of us find it a lot more fun and exciting to receive money, sending money to others doesn't have to be painful (at least the part where you send money).


‘Tis the Season to Give Thanks – And Relax

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with great fun, gifts, and no trips to the mall!