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Rachel DePompa

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Richmond, VA, United States

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Personal loans can help during the holidays, but experts urge to use them cautiously.

This time of year costs can quickly add up and leave you in a financial bind. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has advice from experts on what to do if you must take out a personal loan. → Read More

Holiday spending plan could keep your budget on track this season

Holiday shopping season is in full swing and experts say the best way to avoid spending stress is make a plan and stick to it. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has your shopping and spending strategies. → Read More

Buy Now, Pay Later: Online payment plan exponentially expanding, but experts and officials eye more regulation and urge consumer caution

“Buy Now, Pay Later” – is a type of short-term loan that has taken the American marketplace by storm. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, U.S. consumers borrowed $2 billion via “BNPL” in 2019. In 2021 that number grew by more than 1,000 percent to $24.2 billion. Companies like Affirm, Afterpay, Klarna and PayPal have created these loans for borrowers to purchase everything… → Read More

Maximize Black Friday deals by planning ahead

Holiday Shopping Season is here and so are the Black Friday sales. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks with a financial coach about how you can avoid breaking your holiday budget in this Watching Your Wallet. → Read More

Inflation and high interest rates add pressure to prospective homeowner budgets

Looking to jump into the housing market next year? Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa shares what you need to know about inflation’s impact on interest rates. → Read More

As Halloween approaches, expert offers tips on cutting holiday costs

It’s a day filled with fright, but Halloween doesn’t have to scare your savings. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds some ways to easily save money by October 31st. → Read More

Ransomware attacks against schools on the rise

From California to Iowa and Texas, school districts across the US are facing an increase in ransomware attacks. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explains the high-tech attacks and what parents can do to help protect their child's personal information. → Read More

Expert advice on making your money work for you, both financially and in a socially conscious way

Looking for ways to improve your portfolio but also invest with a purpose? Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to a financial expert about how investing around a cause could help do both. → Read More

Experts say having a will critical to your family’s future

Only 33% of Americans have an estate plan according to a recent survey from caring.com. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks with experts about why creating a will should be a top priority. → Read More

Inflation, rising prices leave first-time homebuyers with affordability hurdles

Rising prices and inflation continue to make it difficult for first time home buyers to find affordable properties, according to a new report from NerdWallet. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out why not all hope is lost for those trying to get into the housing market. → Read More

Expert online safety tips for kids and teens

Life online is the norm for kids and teens, but are you up to speed on how to keep them safe? Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has the expert’s advice on how to make your child’s online experience safer. → Read More

New survey shows most Americans not saving enough for retirement

A new survey shows the average American isn’t saving enough for retirement and 37% aren’t saving at all. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to an expert who weighs in with tips and why it’s never too late to start saving. → Read More

Parents borrowing more money to help students with college costs

Parents are personally borrowing an average of $11,000 for their student’s college education. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to experts about why parents may want to think twice before shouldering this burden. → Read More

Expert financial advice for college graduates hitting the job market

If you’re just starting your new career, experts say it’s important to plan for your financial future. Rachel DePompa talks to an expert from Merrill Lynch about the four building blocks for financial success. → Read More

Expert offers online gaming safety tips for children

70% of families have at least one child who plays video games according to the Entertainment Software Association. And whether it’s cyber bullies or hackers, experts say you need to be aware of the potential threats. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa breaks down ways to protect you and your family in this Watching Your Wallet. → Read More

Planning ahead is key to covering costs for school trips

Whether it’s a class trip to the museum or a road trip with the team, costs could add up. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa talks to an expert about building a budget for your child's activities. → Read More

Game Over: Hackers targeting online gamers and taking over accounts to access financial information

It’s a $60 billion a year industry that’s a relentless target for cybercriminals. According to a recent security report, web attacks against the global video game industry grew by 340 % in 2020. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has the security advice you need before you, or your children, get hacked and it's game over. → Read More

New school year means big spending for back-to-school supplies

It’s an annual ritual parents know too well, the back-to-school supply list. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa shares ways you can save and also help out others in this Watching Your Wallet. → Read More

Avoid financial trouble when natural disasters strike

Summer storm and hurricane season is upon us and there are things you can do now to prepare in the event natural disaster strikes. → Read More

Millions turning to family and friends for financial help

More than 25 million people relied on loans from those close to them to meet spending needs, according to the Census Bureau’s latest household pulse survey on finances. That figure is up from 19.1 million people from the same time last year. → Read More