To the Target hackers, all I can say is “welcome to the club.” You’ve joined a long list of people who have hacked entities with whom I’ve had a financial relationship.
This includes a university housing service where I lived years ago, and which (apparently) still had my info in their database. It also includes my current employer (and possibly a former employer). And it includes a long list of businesses.
The outcome of all of these hacks?
Some inconvenience (e.g., having cards swapped out), a tiny bit of anxiety, zero fraudulent accounts, and exactly $0 in the way of fraud. This isn’t to say that bad things never happen, just that they haven’t happened to me. Yet.
But this doesn’t stop me from keeping an eye on things. We regularly review our credit reports (Related: Get Credit Report Reminders) and I also monitor our bank and credit accounts. If nothing else, it helps keep us in touch with our money.
And now… Here are some articles that caught my eye this past week:
- 401(k) Rollover Without Getting Out of the Market — Useful article for those considering a rollover from an employer-sponsored plan to an IRA.
- Tax Numbers to Know — Nice rundown. See also my list of tax deadlines.
- Qualifying for ACA Subsidies — If you’re signing up for coverage under the ACA, be aware the requirements for claiming a subsidy.
- How to Lie with Bad Data — You know what they say… There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Learn the tricks of the trade.
- Where are the Millionaires? — Interesting map of millionaires in the US.
- 21 Facts About Our Nation’s Currency — And finally, here are some fun facts about money courtesy of the ever-entertaining J. Money.
That’s it. I hope you’re having a great weekend.