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Protecting Your Financial Future

For more than 50 years, Suffolk Federal has been dedicated to providing better banking for all. The articles below include topics we feel are high value for all of our members. Log in or create an account to review hundreds of additional topics and exerices.


Saving for Retirement

Why save for retirement and the impact of fees on investment performance.
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Retirement Accounts

An overview of the major retirement accounts, include Individual Retirement Accounts, Simplified Employee Pensions, and 401(k) plans.
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Estate Planning

Wills, trusts, and other end of life issues.
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Retirement Savings Ideas

A few simple things to keep in mind when starting a retirement savings plan.
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Avoiding Fees

Checking and savings accounts strategies for minimizing fees.
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Introduction to Budgeting   

Why budgeting is important, no matter how much money you earn.
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Financing a Car Purchase

How a loan affects the total cost of buying a car.
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Paying for College

The basics of financial aid, including the types of aid, applying for aid, borrower responsibilities, and repayment strategies.

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Financial Aid Introduction

Whether you're considering higher education for yourself or starting to plan for the education of your kids, understanding the financial aid process is the first step to meeting your education goals.
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Types of Financial Aid   

The main types of financial aid are education loans, grants and scholarships, work-study, and service programs.
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Creating an Aid Strategy   

Considerations when planning to pay for school, including school choice, employment options, accounting strategies, and the importance of borrowing wisely.
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Understanding Financial Need   

Some aid is based on financial need and some is not. What exactly is "financial need?"
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Applying for Aid   

The aid application process, including descriptions of the FAFSA and Profile forms.
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Education Loans   

A description of the main types of student loans, including government loans, consolidation loans, and private loans.
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Choosing the Right Loan

Questions every student should be able to answer before taking on a student loan.
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Selecting a Private Loan Lender

When federal loans are not enough, private lenders such as banks, credit unions, and non-profit lenders can help to fill the gap.
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The Master Promissory Note   

An introduction to the agreement that specifies your rights and responsibilities when accepting a student loan.
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Repaying College Debt   

A look at common repayment plans, including how different plans affect your monthly payment and overall cost.
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Borrowing Wisely   

Making smart choices about student loans, including a description of the impact of loan capitalization.

Independent Student Status   

Understanding your financial aid dependency status, including a discussion of what to do if the parents of dependent students refuse to help them pay for college.
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Dealing with Too Little Aid

Why some students find themselves with too little aid and what can be done to make ends meet.
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Financial Planning

What you need to know to start making a long-term financial plan, from getting married to planning for retirement.

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Medical Care Planning

How to make sure your wishes are followed in a medical crisis.
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Financial Planning

Learning the "how" and "why" of short, medium, and long-term financial planning.
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Estate Planning

Wills, trusts, and other end of life issues.
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Creating a Will

A will is the cornerstone of the legal framework of an estate plan, and everyone should have one.
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Powers of Attorney

Everyone faces the possibility of temporary or permanent incapacitation. Make sure your wishes are followed.
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Talking About Money

A look at some of the financial considerations of getting married.
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Planning for the Unexpected

Planning for unexpected events, including accidents, death, and even the possibility of divorce, are all part of a responsible marriage.


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Personal and Professional Etiquette

Whether you're applying for a new job, having a business lunch or evening going on a date, everyday personal etiquette says a lot about you.

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