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Have you ever kept your S.O. in the dark about a large purchase? Salacious as it may sound, it's not all that uncommon. According to a CreditCards.com report, nearly one in five people have made a $500 purchase without telling their partner. Which gender was most susceptible to secret splurges? Nearly 1 in 5 Americans Has Hidden a Major Purchase From a Spouse— The Wall Street Journal
First, the good news: A new study finds the number of victims and the amount of money stolen by identity thieves last year remained relatively stable from previous years. The bad news? Hackers are finding new ways to make a profit off your name—like creating new accounts using your Social Security information instead of stealing from existing funds. Here's how you can protect yourself from becoming a potential victim. Identity Thieves Changing Tactics to Steal Your Money, Report Says — NBC
If you spend your work day watching the clock and thinking 5 p.m. can't come quick enough, it might be time to assess whether your job is making you feel bored—or just plain unhappy. Career pros explain the difference and how to know when it's time to move on. The Difference Between Feeling Bored and Feeling Unhappy at Work — Levo League
Were you rejected recently while trying to apply for a new checking account? Credit reporting bureaus that focus specifically on bank account histories—think, those times you bounced a check—could be the reason why. But the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking steps to help ensure you don't get blindsided by being on a bank's blacklist. Here’s the New Way the Government Will Help You Avoid Bank Fees — Money
First comes student loans, then comes credit cards, then comes ... personal loans? A TransUnion analysis found that the number of Americans with personal loans increased by 18% in the last two years. Here's why more people—especially young adults—are turning toward this growing form of borrowing. Why 1 in 5 Millennials Say They're Taking on Personal Loans — MarketWatch